Like Blake Griffin, recently seen at a stage of the PGA Tour, and many basketball players still on the circuit, Alex Caruso likes to relax on a golf course.
The player became familiar with the discipline alongside his father and even took part in a tournament this summer, the American Century Championship. In another, much more relaxing setting, Alex Caruso works on his concentration there, in addition to finding comparisons with basketball, beyond the fact that you have to put a ball in a basket on one side or the ball in the hole on the other.
“Because of the importance of stress and the mental toughness that you have to have, the patience and the ability to take in a lot of information, create or formulate a game plan and try to apply it. But for me, the most important thing in golf is to escape. It’s almost one of my only hobbies, » he pointed out.
Muscle memory and repetition
In terms of preparation, the golf swing and basketball shooting also require similar qualities, relating to muscle memory and which are worked through repetition. And when either goes off the rails, the solution lies in getting back to basics.
“I realized something about the swings: if I hit the ball or wrap it too much, I have to go back to the basics to get my feel back. I apply that to my basketball games. If I feel like I’m pushing something too hard or things aren’t going my way, I just try to go back to basics and find what works for me. My natural abilities have allowed me to reach a good level in life and in this sport, so it’s something I always come back to. ».
To another extent, this is also what Chicago will have to strive to do this season to take a step forward in the Eastern Conference: stay consistent, not scatter too much and stick to what works.
“When there were obstacles during the season, we lost a bit of discipline in certain areas of the game. in the playoffs »he concluded.