What separates the best in the world from the runner-ups? “I don’t know,” is not a phrase you expect to hear often from someone who has made it to the top of their sport, or their academic field, or their chosen profession. Whatever the case, whether passion or Providence, we expect world champions and world-class performers, once crowned, to have the answer to that question and all the others we have related to it.
Maybe that fact betrays our deeply flawed beliefs about optimal performance: that being the best at something must require the attainment of perfection.
The story of 2-time Speedgolf World Champion Rob Hogan is one sprinkled with imperfections, failures, and knowledge gaps. And Rob is more than willing to talk about the struggles and obstacles that have defined his golfing career. There is a lot Rob will admit he doesn’t know or have an opinion about. But it quickly becomes apparent that it is precisely this state of not knowing, this yielding of control, that both fascinates and drives Hogan towards the limits of what most people believe is possible in the world of golf: the coveted Speedgolf score score of 99. The equivalent of the 4 minute mile in track and field, or the elusive score of 59 in golf.
Since 2013, Hogan has either won or finished 2nd in every Speedgolf event he’s played in. And he keeps getting better every year. He is the reigning, two-time Speedgolf World Champion, the reigning British Speedgolf Champion, 2-time Eastern Speedgolf Open Champion, and has multiple 18 hole championship Speedgolf rounds under 40 minutes.
How Rob Hogan from the little town of Bray, Ireland becomes Speedgolf Rob, the fastest golfer in the world, is a story as much about passion as it is Providence. It’s the story of a young man who emerges from the difficult plot twists in life without losing grasp of the awe and boundless potential he had going in. Ultimately, it’s a story about courageously yet light-heartedly entrusting our dreams, and the results of our efforts, to the mysterious and unknowable forces that shape and forge our destiny.
Have you played Speedgolf yet? If not, take Rob's advice, take our advice, and go give it a try. The chances are overwhelming that you’ll really enjoy it, and that it will have a positive impact on your game. Who knows, maybe there’s a breakthrough waiting for you out there?
Rob mentioned he’s on his way to New Zealand, in fact, he’s already there as of the release of this episode to participate in the New Zealand Speedgolf Open 23 Jan - 24 Jan 2016. Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter, as he sets his sights on capturing another national championship.
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Speedgolf Event results: http://speedgolfinternational.com/past_results
Hogan's Sponsor Company: http://www.hardmetal.ie/
Speedgolf For Beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79bRrRXrlt0
Golf Central Daily: http://www.golfcentraldaily.com/
Speedgolf 100-yard dash: http://www.speedgolftexas.com/
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Business Website: www.HoganGolfAcademy.com
YouTube: Speedgolf TV
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