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Peter Campbell started playing golf when he was 12 years old.

From his first tee, Peter’s experience was unlike so many of us who spend a portion of every round wanting to throw our club. “I picked it up and was a scratch golfer. I never really thought much about it.” He went on to become the top rated player for UCLA, one of the best collegiate teams in the country.

Now, over six years into a professional golf career, and at an age when many pros play the best golf of their lives, Peter talks like a kid who still approaches the sport with a sense of wonder. “Sometimes, I’m thinking I’m going to hit this ball as hard as I can, then I’m going to find it, and smash it again.” But dig a little deeper, and you see a southern California dude with a completely unique approach to the game.

There’s a Zen philosophy rooted in Peter’s approach. When asked about what he loves the most, he’ll tell you it’s the challenge to find balance--to bring himself from a mental state dominated by the pressure, fear, and excitement, into a state of pure, silent calm. Then, rinse and repeat.

Peter’s philosophy, one based in self-realization and challenge, extends beyond the links. A few years ago, he got tired of being defined by a single sport. He bought a surfboard and a 1969 Jaguar E Type. Nowadays, his free weekends are spent restoring the Jag with his father and surfing in San Diego. The same challenge he finds on the golf course, now comes in waves.

if you don’t play well, you don’t get paid.

The romantic challenge of the ocean is far from the only challenge facing Peter, or any other professional golfer who isn’t among the 125 fully exempt PGA TOUR players. The reality is he’s on the course or with his swing coach everyday, and in the gym five days a week. And unlike Rory or Tiger, “if you don’t play well, you don’t get paid.”

In the especially tough moments, when he’s coming off a poor performance and flying over some unknown city, he thinks about the challenge of what he’s up against. So what keeps him going? He doesn’t say it, but you have to imagine he thinks about the next moment of calm when everything goes right --“the kind of shot you don’t even have to look at, the sound tells you it’s perfect.”

A typical week of training (Monday - Sunday) for Peter Campbell

"There really is no set week since it varies depending on travel schedule and the next event I'm playing in, the type of course, the type of grass, etc. will potentially change how I practice and prepare. "

Monday - Tuesday

Strength Training* (1.5 hours)

Golf Practice** (2 hours)

18 - 27 Holes (4 Hours)


Golf Practice** (1 hour)

36 Holes (6 Hours)

Sunset Surf (1.5 Hours)

Thursday - Friday

Golf Practice** (2 hours)

9 - 18 Holes (3 Hours)

Strength Training* (1.5 hours)

Saturday - Sunday

Light workouts, playing golf, and surf at least once.

*Strength Training: My workouts consist mostly of power movements...olympic lifts, squats, medicine ball work, gymnastic rings, sprinting, etc... I believe in getting stronger, faster, more mobile and healthier in the gym. Then letting your play and practice carry those gains over into your specific sport.

**Golf Practice: My golf practice consists mostly of playing and competing. Each day I work on certain drills for my swing and short game, but I spend about 70% of my practice time on shots inside 150 yards. I like throwing balls into bunkers or tricky spots on the course and working on those shots. I'll also play little games with myself to keep focused. My favorite is hitting two shots every time, then playing the worse shot.

Photography by Alan Nakkash

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