We can say golf is complex although let's look at basket, we can all run, jump and throw.Although we aren't playing the NBA either. Being in sports science I find all sports have their complexity not just golf. In each sport genetics and physiology are key factors to how elite you become. Golf requires certain physiology and some genetics of explosive movement.
Why athletes don't cross over that's debatable. A pro athlete in their sport growing up spent hundreds of hours mastering their sport and not really dedicated their time to golf. However maybe if they spent the same amount of time for golf they may succeed in golf? Although there are few athletes who are naturally talented all round, Nigel Mansel, Michael Jordon, Scott Draper (pro golf and tennis) Pete Sampras all these guys sub 3 handicaps.
Majority of junior golfers I trained reached 4 and below handicaps, roughly a dozen gone onto pro golf either trainee or tour golf.However these kids never had the X factor or greatness to go onto being US tour level. When I went to the US to work with tour players, lpga players and college players. The level between college players and US tour was like racing gokarts to racing formula 1. The college kids were good although the US tour players are freaks, they have an aurora about them, an X Factor.
I had the pleasure of working with Adam Schriber who coached Anthony Kym, Morgan Pressel and many other top players. At dinner one night Adam said to me that everyone thinks he's a great coach. He said he was lucky he had a naturally talented kid land in his lap. Wouldn't have mattered who trained him he was always destine to become a star player. Then other top players flocked to his stable. He said he doesn't really make any changes to their swing, they all have their natural swing. All he does is manger their golf ,coordinate their training, fitness and mental well been. The rest is all them.
What I have learnt in sport is either you have it or you don't. Gary player is in the same view of opinion for golf.
Edited by Zenstb, 18 May 2016 - 12:23 AM.