The 2013 #Masters: Coaching Is Auditing AND Facilitating Improvement

Posted on April 14, 2013 | in 2013 Masters, Change Management, Golf, Quality, Small Business, Sports | by
Zack Johnson PGA Augusta national golf club masters

Players have coaches to help the players improve but also to maintain current levels of performance.

Masters Week is finally here! All of the golf world has descended upon Augusta, Georgia for April 8-14 for the 2013 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

The Masters Golf Tournament is the pinnacle of the golfing world. The best of the best receive invitations to participate and make history for winning on the sport’s grandest stage.

However, every morning you will see players with their caddies out at the practice range alongside coaches. These coaches help the players see things they can’t because they are in motion – elements of swings at the tee box, excess motion within chip shots, even help with reading greens for putting.

The best players in the world don’t achieve their success alone. These expert coaches teach the best fundamentals of the game so that players can improve, but they also help the players maintain strong levels of play or spot where activities within a swing (pulling your hip, not shifting weight, not keeping the left arm straight, etc) would be delivering poor results.

The coaches are auditing the players.

If the best of the best still need performance audits, everyone else does too.

Without auditing, performance runs the risk of falling back to old levels of limited success. If players don’t get coached properly, little issues in a swing such as pulling your hip could become chronic problems that will take a long time and significant effort to correct.

Auditing is NOT a bad thing. Audits are not punitive (or they should not be). Audits should be used to help those being audited maintain high standards of performance or to help them reach the next level of success.

The result of an audit should not be a simple numerical score – it should serve as an indicator as to how performance is going at that time and be used as a standard for improvement going forward. Auditing is a measure of current levels of quality – if high quality is the ideal output, then audits should be a tool to achieve that high quality.

In addition, auditing is not improvement – all auditing can do is indicate opportunities for improvement, and it is up to the subject to implement those improvements. A golfer not listening to coaching suggestions makes the transition from good to great harder. A project team not following along with a manager or outside consultant will continue to delay sowing all of the benefits of the improvement project.

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