World Class Performance

What does it take to become a truly world class performer?

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What does it take to become a truly world class performer? For Matthew Syed "innate talent is only a starting point" and the true secret lies in years of preparation and dedication.

The Unseen Hours

The great Gary Player once said "the more I practice, the luckier I get". What he really meant was that what some people mistook for a random event was actually the result of many hours of unseen work.

As a journalist and author of two acclaimed books on the science of high performance, Matthew Syed has spent years studying exactly what sets apart those at the very top.

In his opinion, it is only when the long years of hard work and attention to detail have been put in that skills move from the conscious to the subconscious. It is this that allows for a seemingly unthinking response to stimuli.

Before his career as a writer, Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade, a three-times Commonwealth champion and twice competed for Great Britain in the Olympic Games.

As one of our Ryder Cup 2016 ambassadors, we're looking forward to hearing Matthews insights into what makes world class performance.


“the more I practice, the luckier I get”

His first book, Bounce, won the ‘Best New Writer’ category of the British Sports Book Awards. In it, Matthew argues that the key to success is not talent but dedicated practice. Bounce has been described as “one of the most intelligent and thought-provoking books about sport ever written”. His second book, Black Box Thinking, focuses on having the right attitude to failure. It quickly became a UK bestseller, and has since been translated into multiple languages.

Matthew is a regular contributor to radio and television. His film for the BBC, China and Table Tennis, won the bronze medal at the Olympic Golden Rings ceremony in Lausanne. He is also one of the co-founders of Greenhouse, a charity that empowers youngsters through sport and supports more than 10,000 young people on 31 full-time school programmes.

As one of our Ryder Cup 2016 Ambassadors, we’re looking forward to hearing Matthew’s insight into the players’ performance.

Q&A with Darren Clarke, Davis Love III, Bob Rotella, Matthew Syed and Mark Broadie

‘Ask the Expert’ with Matthew Syed,
Author & Former Commonwealth Champion

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