One prerequisite for grabbing and keeping your edge is nerve. Another is “muscle memory,” a talent developed from constant drill and practice. Muscle memory takes you beyond understanding what you need to do, to the point that your muscles are trained to hit the target every time. It’s why basketball star Larry Bird spent hours practicing shots, and why Tiger Woods finishes a tournament and heads straight to the practice greens.
Lesson: Don’t learn the best way to do something, then let it atrophy. Keep doing it until it becomes second nature.
— Adapted from Golf and the Game of , Donald McHugh, Amacom.