Thanks for your comments on what drives you to play golf. Please keep them coming!
I began this morning looking up the definition of ‘addiction’. It has a very 1-sided meaning…. Bad. The meaning specifically details negative influences of being drawn to something that is harmful.
THAT’S NOT GOLF!
So, being the positive kind of guy I am, I goggled ‘POSITIVE ADDICTION’. And there you have it! It’s a psychological term created in 1976 and I am quite convinced golf can fall into the category of a ‘POSITIVE ADDICTION’
Positive addiction (PA) fulfills the seven following criteria:
- it is something noncompetitive that you choose to do and you can devote approximately forty-five minutes to an hour a day to;
- it is possible for you to do it easily, in the sense of organizing to do it, and it doesn’t take a great deal of mental effort to do it;
- you can do it alone (more rarely with others) – but independently of others – not depending on their presence or encouragement to continue;
- you believe it has some value (physical, mental, or spiritual) for you;
- you believe that if you persist at it you will improve but this is completely subjective – you need to be the only one who measures that improvement;
- the activity must be one you can perform without negatively criticizing yourself;
- it must be undertaken several times a week until you reach “the PA state”.
Not all golfers (very few actually) can be considered to have a ‘PA’ to golf. Those who look at the above and say ‘yep, yep, yep, yep, yep, workin on it ,yep’…. I welcome you into the ‘GOLF NUT CLUB’.
Final Thought: 2 golfers that commented to me about the drive to keep playing pointed out the ‘PA’ to shooting consistently good rounds. It’s extremely difficult to do, but I agree that it drives me to keep playing! I absolutely love the mental exercise before rounds, during rounds and in between rounds. I believe I can play to play great. I strive to play great and fearless! I aspire to play fearlessly and with full confidence. Most amazingly, I have yet to play completely fearless golf over 18 holes… But I’ll keep going for it!! What makes you love this game?