The Short Road To no.1
Well, this is the first real blog I'm sharing with you, it’s very personal and very close to my heart.
W
ell, this is the first real blog I’m sharing with you, it’s very personal and very close to my heart.  Rather than compile a bunch of data on the world’s best golfers from the past and present, I’m going to give you my hands-on life experience.  So, if you’re expecting detailed information on Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam you’ll have to look elsewhere!

Of course there are no short roads to no.1, though this blog will dig deep and get to the grass roots of working with two young, talented, and very different individuals. I’d like to share first-hand my experiences working with Stacey Keating and Kieran Pratt, who in early 2010 ranked no.1 in Australian amateur golf under my guidance.  Since then, Kieran has progressed to become part of the Victorian Institute of Sport team, and continues to achieve success.

Kieran has a cocky, confident attitude about his golf game, and I know this is a trait that has helped propel his game forward at a rapid rate.

In 2011 Kieran earned his 2011 Asian Tour Card finishing 5th at Q-School closing with a 65, and he made major waves during his professional debut at the 2010 Australian Masters, where he was paired with Tiger Woods during the 3rd round and posted 70 to Tiger’s 71.

In 2010 Stacey also earned status both on the LPGA Futures Tour and the Ladies European Tour Q-School, where she finished 4th closing with a 69.   Stacey has recently made an impressive start to her professional career finishing 3rd and 2nd in her first two professional events.


Kieran first came to me for coaching in early 2007, and looking back on our first session I didn’t think too much of what I initially saw. At the time I was coaching quite a few talented young amateurs and so went about developing a relationship with Kieran over the next 3 years. It wasn’t until I began to watch Kieran play in State and National events that I really began to appreciate what he was made of. This boy was hard-wired with an unwavering self-belief that was reflected in every shot he played. Kieran has a cocky, confident attitude about his golf game, and I know this is a trait that has helped propel his game forward at a rapid rate. For sure he has improved dramatically in all aspects of his game, though above all else he possesses a one-track-mind when it comes to knowing what he wants to achieve with his golf. This was never more evident than in his Saturday pairing with Tiger at the Masters.

I began working with Stacey in 2005 when she first came to Melbourne from country Victoria to study. At the time she was 18 years old and had never received golf instruction before.  It took her 10 months before she could break 80 at the challenging Greg Norman designed course. Just 18 months later Stacey claimed her 1st State title and went on to have international success winning in Europe and America where she received her maiden start on the LPGA Tour in 2008 courtesy of her 2008 Canadian Amateur victory.

I place Stacey in the category of hard working, a raw and untrained talent that fits the motto of “hard work beats talent, when talent refuses to work hard

When Stacey first came to me she possessed what I call raw talent. Looking back on her development as a person and golfer I had no idea of what I would be getting myself in for over the next 5-6 years, and the ride she would take me on. The work ethic Stacey had grown up with from living on the farm was present in her development as a golfer from the outset. Stacey quickly established the motto that “in the daylight hours I’m all golf” also before and after day light she would be maximising her time.  I place Stacey in the category of hard working, a raw and untrained talent that fits the motto of “hard work beats talent, when talent refuses to work hard” I’ve learned that you don’t have to be the most physically gifted or possess the most natural talent to make it to the top. To this day I feel this is one of Stacey’s strongest attributes, as she has learned to out-work her opponents. She is a keen competitor that hates to lose. Stacey continues to evolve as a golfer and develop all facets of her game and will go to any length to do this.


I hope you appreciate that this just scratches the surface of what it takes to be no.1, and I look forward to sharing some more insights soon on some techniques that have been used to develop these players technically, mentally and emotionally.

Always appreciate your comments

Signing out

Steven Giuliano

6 Comments


  1. Mar 8, 2011
    3:14 pm

    Ross

    Fascinating; especially Stacey. What a great attitude.


  2. Mar 8, 2011
    9:05 pm

    Paul Jones

    Steve,

    congrats on the first post and looking forward to many more.

    Continued success on the Course and off it.

    PJ


    • Mar 10, 2011
      7:55 pm

      Steven

      Cheers PJ thanks again for the support


  3. Mar 9, 2011
    1:18 am

    Matt Wilson

    Steven,

    Thank you for giving us an overview regarding working with elite level golfers. With that, I’m certainly looking forward to reading more about the ‘development’ process used to cultivate their skills.

    Best,
    Matt


    • Mar 10, 2011
      7:55 pm

      Steven

      Thanks for the support Matt, looking forward to adding more on this topic in the near future 🙂


  4. Mar 15, 2011
    6:32 pm

    Thomas Low

    hear from them soon hopefully

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