Jane Spicer [janespicer]
What is your sport, and what level of commitment do you have to it?
Golf. I built Daphne's Headcovers 34 years ago ( I was 16). I love the game and the business of golf.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can get to know more about you or your sports activity?
This is my company, my life's work and my joy. I hope my web site will make you smile.
How did you get started? Who introduced you to the sport?
My first customer insisted that I learn to golf. He set me up with a set of clubs comprised of what was left in lost and found and made me play with a ladies group. I was 18 and they were all in their late 60's. They ( along with my instructor) taught me all about the joy of the game, the etiquette and how to drink out of a flask like a lady.
Who was the sports idol that impressed you the most as a child? And who impresses you now?
Chris Everett was my sports idol. She as fiercely competitive and always gracious. I am really impressed by the women on the LPGA tour. They work so hard and are always so available and helpful to their public. It takes a lot of discipline, class and grace to do this.
Do you have a coach/trainer who guides and helps you? What is your relationship with that person like?
I have coaches/trainers for all aspects of my life as an athlete and a professional. I am here to learn and grow. By surrounding myself with experts in each field I can only get better.
Who have been your best teammates? Why?
My best teammates are the ones that remain positive but challenge me to do better. They are the ones that will go toe to toe with me during competition and practice but remain loving friends afterwards.
How does your emotional state effect your physical performance?
My emotional state is everything when I am performing. I've learned to shift into a state of readiness and focus when I am competing. I've found that this is as important as all my training and prep work.
How has your sport helped your personal growth?
Golf has helped my personal growth in so many ways. I have improved focus, determination and I have learned to adapt to new situations with a good attitude ( i.e a rough lie). It's also taught me tenacity and to laugh at myself.
Which gives more satisfaction: to surpass a rival, or to surpass yourself?
I am in constant competition with myself. Surpassing myself brings me so much satisfaction! I try to beat myself each year at Daphne' s Headcovers and every day in golf/tennis/hiking/sailing and mountain biking. The result is that I have a lot of bruises and good stories but in the end I win each year :)!
What methodology do you use to improve your technique? A special technology?
The methodology that I use to improve my technique in golf and at Daphne's Headcovers is to stay open to possibilities. I listen to my coaches and I am constantly willing to change. Even if is doesn't seem right at first, I just trust and jump in with both feet. Most of the time this works really well.
There are some who are addicted to the endorphins produced by exercise. Is that a problem?
I think endorphins are great and they are the bodies reward for using the amazing gift we've been given to its fullest.
What other sports or competitions do you follow closely? What magazines or websites do you use to keep up to date?
I follow Golf, tennis, sailing and skiing. I subscribe to all the Golf magazines and I watch the others on tv or get the updates on line.
How do you control negative thoughts after a mistake, such as hitting a ball into your own team's goal or getting off to a bad start?
I used to just swear ( to myself) but now I think "that mistake is over, now is your chance for a brand new start."
How do you feel the public influences your performance?
The public doesn't influence my performance because I just play with friends and they like me no matter how good/bad my game is. It might be because I buy the drinks afterwards though :)
Is it a good thing to have a certain amount of rivalry among members of a team?
I believe in synergy and that all team members at their heart should want the best for each team mate. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and can honor that but united we are SO much stronger.
Is there telepathy in the way some moves are coordinated among team members?
Yes, there certainly is telepathy in a well coordinated team. That is a time of pure joy as we all work in sync towards our goals and know to instinctively trust and know what the other will do.
Is it necessary for someone to be the head of a team so that it can reach its full potential?
Yes, all teams need a good leader with a clear vision and most importantly and unyielding passion.
Have you have suffered any serious injuries? How is morale maintained during recovery?
Yes I've blown out two ACL's and I am just recovering from surgery from my last. The gift is that is shows me how much being athletic is part of my make up. I make each recover better than the one before and as a result I come out even fitter.
Is sport a social sublimation of war?
Sport is a little of everything. Socializing, cooperating, war, solutions, teamwork,empathy, goals, hard work and so very much more. Sport is a vehicle to grow and thrive in spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually.
Should technology be used to replace referees in sports events?
I think a balance should be struck. After all we are only humans playing the game and referees are only humans calling the game.
Knowing how to deceive the adversary can help gain points. How is this ability acquired?
Observation. First be the best you can be each and every day and second watch, learn and anticipate your adversary's moves.
What plans do you have for yourself? What do you want to achieve?
As an athlete I plan to heal from this knee surgery and come out stronger than before. I have some huge hikes planned for next year to look forward to and train for. I want to beat my yearly goals every year and find new and exciting ones to challenge myself the next year and the year after that and the year after that etc.
For Daphne's Headcovers I plan to innovate with new and exciting designs and to stretch myself and my team by delving more into the custom design area for special events and corporations.
What advice do you have for those just starting out?
Have fun, never EVER give up and if someone tells you that your idea/aim or goal is a crazy idea think of me. I've made animal golf club covers for 34 years and my business is in 75 countries. If I can do it with such a crazy idea than you can do whatever your dream of. Go for it and have fun along the way!
Phoenix, AZ U.S A