Speaking of concentration and above all precision, it's interesting to know what goes on in Matteo Maronati's head when he's about to swing. It depends on what shot you have to do and what you're going to meet. When you're about to shoot you always do mental tests that are different for each player since each of us has a different swing. In my case, I know that I have a little "mistake" that if done in a certain way, gives great results. I mentally repeat this exercise - which is stupid - a couple of times and then I put myself on the ball. Let's say that's what happens under ideal conditions.
But not always the conditions are good, explains Matteo. The example I gave you is valid when I take my first shot. Then there are many other occasions when maybe you're under the trees in the woods and you must turn the ball low and do many metres ... there you think of other things. Then you might find yourself having to leave a bunker, and in that case, the ball must stop immediately because otherwise, it's long, so you focus on another type of swing and so find another reasoning.
Flexibility is the most important quality of a golf player. The risk - if a player is not properly trained - is to expose himself to the risk of injury, especially to the knee.
Is it never the same shot? No, never. Each hole is always a different shot. You must understand the situation, the wind, the grass, where to hit the ball, you must visualise the shot before shooting. In my opinion, visualisation techniques are also very useful in golf, even if not everyone plays them.
See the shot before you do it, display the ball in the hole, or at least as close as possible. That's the secret. I know many skiers who close their eyes and "resume" the course with their thoughts: golfers do not close their eyes, but looking at the flag they see the shot, where it should start, where it should fly to where it should land. Me and most of the golfers I know, know to do this. Then everything varies according to the shot you must do: if it's an easy and straight shot, you put yourself there, you take the direction and you shoot without much thought.
Golf will also be in contact with nature and relaxing, but the concentration you need to win is not easy to achieve and you get it with fatigue and with years and years of training
While if you are in the woods and you are in difficulty, you think more and pay more attention to the visualisation of the shot, you do a thousand thoughts, you try to test all the variables. If I take that branch, what happens? If I don't take it, where does the ball end up? Make assumptions in less than a minute. So much for a relaxing sport.
How much you train to play golf at the levels of Matteo Maronati is soon said: I'm doing a course with my coach and my physiotherapist to increase elasticity and try to improve and lower my handicap, which is now at 3.8 [very good] but not easy.
Matteo Maronati generally trains from three to four times a week but also depends a lot on the study. "Usually then Saturday and Sunday there is the actual race. If I'm in the Lombardy area I sleep at home and leave early in the morning, if they are out of reach races we start on Thursday or Friday, so the day before I can also do a field test. It depends on the importance of competition.
Summing up Matteo Maronati's thought golf will also be in contact with nature and relaxing, but the concentration you need to win is not easy to achieve and you get it with effort and with years and years of training. Practiced without too much ambition, but is golf a sport for everyone? Yes, as an amateur game for someone who wants to have fun, in my opinion, it can be a sport for everyone. It's a niche sport, of course, but because few people play, not because it costs so much! Once you become a member of a club it's like tennis, you're inside and you can play as much as you want.