5 Things Golf has Taught Me About Life
I started playing golf after I graduated college. In fact, I had made the joke that now I was out of college, I needed to learn to play because that's where all the business wheeling and dealing is done. Of course, that joke turned into golf clubs as a graduation gift. Now that I had the clubs, I needed to learn to play. I had no worldly business anywhere near a golf course when I began and I didn't know if I would stick with it. As the years have past, I have come to love this game and I decided to look back at some of the lessons I've learned playing this frustrating, annoying and stupid game.
- You can't learn how to play on the driving range.
Just like going to school, practicing and studying will only take you so far in life. No matter how much time and effort you put in on the range, nothing can prepare you for the practical experience on the course. Golf like life, can only be mastered by getting out and doing it.
- There is always another shot.
It's easy to get frustrated playing golf. You dig in and muscle up for a big tee shot and then you go and yank that ball into the woods. Now, depending on who you are golfing with, they may give you a mulligan(do over), but good friends are going to make you take the drop and penalize you a stroke. The anger you carry after every bad shot will affect the next one. It's best to suck it up, admit you messed up, carry on and try not to make the same mistake again. When you think you're in the clear, you will make the same mistake again.
- Everyone gets a presidential bounce; enjoy it, but only for a minute.
Did you know the president never hits a ball into the trees and loses it? Really. Of course he has an army of Secret Service Agents throwing a ball back into the fairway when he does hit the trees. Any golfer will tell you they get a "presidential bounce" now and again. You hook a ball into the trees and the crack of a solid hit off a tree trunk rings out, seconds later, seemingly out of nowhere, you see the ball bouncing out into the fairway like the Secret Service was standing there chucking it back to you. At some point in our lives, we have all made a mistake that we have no worldly business coming out of unscathed, but we got that "presidential bounce" and somehow we're in the clear. Enjoy it, but only for a moment, because there is another shot coming and next time you might not be so lucky.
- Play your game
Just because the person next to you pulled out their driver and crushed it 300 yards, it doesn't mean you have to try it. If the shot is not in your bag, don't take it. Take the shot that's going to bring you success. I can't lift a ball over the trees with a short iron and I know this. Instead, when faced with it, I use a long iron and punch it low. It's a shot I have confidence in and can make.In life, everyone has different skill sets and we are all equipped to handle situations differently. By knowing what you can and cannot do will ultimately bring success or failure. I'm not saying don't take risks, rather, take the risk on your terms. If you don't take the occasional risk, what fun is life or golf?
- Always putt like you know it's going in.
Every green on every golf course is going to show you breaks and bends that may or may not exist. Just like in life, you are going to see what you want to see even if it is not there. A key to being a good putter is having confidence in your line. Even if you miss, you're probably going to be in a good position to finish the hole. It's amazing how much sway that same confidence has in real life. Putt with no confidence and you might as well go back to the tee box. Live with no confidence and why even get out of bed?
Love it, hate it or think it's just plain stupid, golf can give you plenty of insight into who you are as a person.
Originally posted on www.lowtwopair.com