In this months “Quick 9” we are featuring an up and coming golf and teaching pro, Grant Brown. Learn a bit more about Grant and what it’s like on his journey to reach the PGA Tour.
We met online recently and I just loved his story. Here’s a guy in the trenches daily trying to make the PGA Tour. It’s fascinating (to me anyway!) to see just what a golf pro trying to reach the holy shrine of golf and just exactly what they are thinking and working on. Here’s a brief look into that world.
By the way, we discussed golf in depth and he has some amazing golf secrets on playing measurably better in a brief amount of time. So keep him and his blog on your radar for more.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background, Grant.
I have always loved competition. I’m originally from western Oklahoma where I played basketball, baseball and soccer growing up. I found golf at age 15 and that’s when I set my goal to become a professional golfer.
2. Your goal is to make the PGA Tour. Where are you on your journey to get there?
My game is now ready to play and win out there. It’s been a long process getting to this point that really began in earnest when my wife, Jeree, and I moved from Oklahoma to Arizona in 2007. I really had no idea how much tougher it was to play for money against other pros than it was to just go out with my friends and shoot under par.
When I first started tournaments, my tournament scoring average was above 78. Now it’s close to 71. My lowest competitive score is 60 and I’ve won 7 times on the mini-tours.
3. What has been the biggest thing you have learned about yourself going through this process?
I have learned to focus on preparation and my shot by shot process instead of results. When I first started playing professionally, my emotions would go up or down based on my score.
Now I focus my emotional energy on my practice time and how well I go through my process for each shot. As long as I do my best preparing and going through my processes I don’t get too worried about a bad result.
4. I’m sure there are plenty of ups and downs as you seek your goal. How do you keep focused and not get down on yourself?
There’s a Bible verse that tells me I am rooted and grounded in God’s love. No matter what happens, I can always think about this fact. Life is short. Time and energy are resources that cannot be replaced. I have decided to not waste my time and energy dwelling on what’s going wrong. Instead, I see the tough situations as an opportunity to learn and grow.
5. You recently told a story about how you couldn’t break 76 when you started playing pro golf. How did you turn that around?
It turned around by studying books along with lots of planned practice. When I first started playing golf, I didn’t realize the value of studying and reading books until my previous coach, Jack Cramer, taught me the importance of it. If you stop learning, then you stop improving. Dr. Bob Rotella is a good author to start with.
6. What do you wish you knew 5 years ago that you know now?
Probably the biggest thing is my choice of tournaments that I played in when I was breaking into professional golf. I had a sponsor the first year of professional golf and I entered a lot of very expensive tournaments because that seemed the only way to do it. Because there was so much money riding on each tournament, I now know that I tightened up. However, this hard lesson is what taught me to be very convicted in my process instead of results.
If I had to do it over again, I would have spent that first year playing small tournaments and money games against the same established pros who were playing the expensive tournaments. That way I would have gained valuable experience and confidence without running out of money so fast.
7. As you also teach, what are a couple of your best tips you can share with our readers?
The set-up and the finish are the most important parts of the swing. When you start hitting the ball poorly, check your set-up and finish first instead of a moving part of the swing.
8. What are you most excited about nowadays?
My wife and I now have two kids: Nathan who is almost 3 and Ellie who is almost 1. It is so exciting to watch them grow and learn.
9. How can people contact you to learn more, book a lesson, etc.?
His website is GrantBrownGolf.com and the best way to contact him is via email at: Grant AT GrantBrownGolf.com. Also, on his blog, you can follow his journey to the PGA Tour and get free golf tips. If you’re ever in his neck of the desert, he teaches at Starfire Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.