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Are you Coachable?

Do you find yourself struggling to implement instruction from coaches and mentors? Do your find yourself questioning offered advice and strategies? Do you escalate when a coach tries to change your practice routines, tournament preparation or putting stroke? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions you might marinate on why. If you take a moment and really listen to what your coach/mentor/instructor are trying to say and hear their advice, you will then begin to grow on and off the course. There are many aspects of “being coachable”, but I sincerely believe the strongest skillset of the best future student athletes is the ability to listen to coaches and mentors so the athlete can grow within their game. Throughout my years of coaching, those student athletes who were the best listeners were usually the most mature and the most successful in all areas of their lives.

How can you become a recruitable athlete?

  1. Be a great listener.

  2. Be accountable.

  3. Be in the present.

  4. Be a leader on and off the course.

  5. Be a good teammate.

  6. Be respectful to yourself and others.

  7. Be yourself.

  8. Be passionate and stay passionate through balance and self care.

  9. Be grateful.

  10. Be a champion.

Being coachable encompasses all of the traits above. Knowing how to be a great listener, taking responsibility and being accountable for your words and actions, always being present and aware of others, leading by example, putting the team, coaches and program first, earning the respect of your teammates, all the while balancing your social and academic time is the key to becoming an exceptional recruit worthy of top colleges and universities. You need to stay true to your morality, values and character base. Can you make the choice to do the right thing in each moment that presents itself to you? Be passionate. Act, work, play and compete like a champion!

As I reflect upon the amazing student athletes I had the privilege to coach, you could identify those who might have a better chance at being successful in life as it was always the student athlete that was coachable on all levels. Think about those teammates, teachers, coaches, parents or people within your world who you respect the most. Do they have coachable traits? My guess would be yes. If you don’t have respect for someone, how can you possibly have an authentic positive relationship with them? So now is the time to master your thoughts, words and actions to be your best. Set that goal to be the respected individual within your team, classroom, and your home.

We get one chance in this life to be our best. Lets make every effort to do our best and be our best! You’re writing and rewriting your story every day, what will your final chapter reflect? Begin today to be the golfer who walks off the 18th hole and everyone in your group was thankful to have played that day with you. Begin today to be that person who leads by example and your teammates want to follow and together better the team culture. Begin today to be that person who will represent their program with honor and respect. Begin today by embracing the beauty of gratitude to be able to play the beautiful game of golf. Begin today to start being coachable to evolving into your best. Please check out my other blogs at

As always, Enjoy the walk!

Coach Brian Watts


Coach Watts with his first West Point recruit, 1LT Robby Hill.