The most stubborn people I have ever met are golfers who get angry, frustrated, throw their clubs and make everyone totally intense. The sad part of the scenario I just described is that in the world of golf it was designed to create beautiful environments filled with trees, flowers, well groomed and manicured lawns (if you play in America) played outdoors in the seasonal environment.
So how can a person who plays a game in such an environment get so worked over in a game designed to provide an outdoor experience. An experience filled with nautures beauty and the opportunity to clear ones mind of life’s stressors. And in the world of golf it is about practice, love of the game and most importantly, attitude. This is not my opinion but the opinion of nearly every successful and professional golfer. Yet, there are those people who firmly believe it is about luck.
Arnold Palmer once wrote ” Good Golf is a state of mind…
Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. A child can play it well, and a grown man can never master it. Any single round of it is full of unexpected triumphs and seemingly perfect shots that end in disaster. It is almost a science; yet it is a puzzle without an answer. It is gratifying and tantalizing, precise and unpredictable; it requires complete concentration and total relaxation. It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening, and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented. – Arnold Palmer
Its all about attitude and not being stubborn. Stop fighting it, enjoy it, become one with the game. Isn’t that what we all want? To become one with the universe, living in a harmonious balance that catapults us to new heights, a new awareness and an excitement for living that only comes from not being stubborn.
In closing, It was a sunny Saturday morning on the local municipal golf course in Illinois, and I was beginning my pre-shot routine, visualizing my upcoming shot, when a voice came over the clubhouse speaker: ‘WOULD THE GENTLEMAN ON THE WOMAN’S TEE BACK UP TO THE MEN’S TEE PLEASE.’
I was still deep in my routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption. Again the announcement rang out louder, Would the MAN on the WOMEN’S tee kindly back up to the men’s tee.’
I simply ignored the request and kept concentrating, when once more, the man yelled, Would the man on the woman’s tee back up to the men’s tee, PLEASE!
I finally stopped, turned, looked through the clubhouse window directly at the person with the microphone and shouted back, “Would the person in the clubhouse kindly stop shouting and let me play my second shot!”
That my friend is golf. I love the above quote from Arnold Palmer as it applies to nearly all of us. The exceptions, those who seem to be in total harmony with the game, know a game of golf that can only be so close to the heart and mind of God. Yet many of us experience those quiet times while were dreaming, thinking, visualizing the game and see nothing but perfect shots, the best attitude, the excitement that comes with having a nearly professional golfer experience!
Then, the next day comes along and oh my word, what happened, who is this person, how could I forget all the things my mind, body and spirit experienced the day before? You want to scream, but that’s not cool, especially with the big egos you have to play golf with for the rest of the day. And that is when training and the mind need to work together. It’s all about the mindset, the skill level and the joy of the game. I have a short story I’d like to share and it will be spread out over the next 4 weeks on my Pro Golf Swing site, I hope you enjoy it.
Finally, I have co-wrote and edited an ebook that talks about improving your game and hopefully your attitude. It’s free and all you have to is Click here and your on your way!