How a Gymnastics Coach Became a Single-Digit Handicap Golfer in Six Years
Is athletic ability something that’s transferable? Deion Sanders was an outstanding baseball and football player, but Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, struggled in his short-lived baseball career.
I spent over a decade as a nationally competitive gymnast and learned a ton about performing under pressure, overcoming fear and mastering skills. I owe much of my success to my amazing coach, Levon Karakhanyan, who trained me for the last 3 years of high school and helped me earn a spot on the US Jr. National Team. (He also is the only man I have truly feared because he was … aggressive about correcting my mistakes and making sure I finished every last rep of my strength conditioning. And yes, there were serious consequences if I cheated.)
In 2007, Levon picked up golf as a hobby but quickly made leaps and bounds in his play. He is now a single digit handicap golfer (about 7.3), which puts him in the top 16% of all golfers in the US who keep a handicap, which is even more impressive when you consider that most golfers probably don’t keep a handicap at all.
And he’s done all this while being the Head Coach for the boy’s program at NESA and raising a young son. He’s now
In the interview, Levon and I discuss:
- How he got started as a gymnast himself
- What differentiated him from other gymnasts
- Why patience was a key quality of becoming a better coach
- How he found the time to practice while holding down a full-time job
- Why the ratio of practice to competition matters so much