The Optimism of a Golf Nut

I can really relate to this comment.  It’s as if there is a secret optimist lying deep down in every golf nut! Thanks for sharing, Bob!

“I KNOW that I can do better than I did LAST time, so it just drives me back. Some days, I wish I had never been bitten by the “bug.” And, then I have a good day and can’t understand how I could ever think about quitting.” -Bob D

Spot Check!

Consider me wandering up and down the driving range with a clip board in my hand….   For those who aren’t on the range (and you should be!), consider that I’m driving around in my cart with my beagle and clip board watching you…. 

Is your FULLY ROTATED RELAXED BALANCED FINISH better than the last time I saw you? 

Everyone of you know that I consider it an ESSENTIAL skill to maintain and expand.  Everyone of you knows that it is a critical aspect of consistency and PATH INTEGRITY!!!!

You are well aware that less than full rotation guarantees that you must use muscles to steer and guide the club through the ball (chaotic).  You know that if you are tense in the back, shoulders or arms at the end of your swing, it’s an indication that you used muscle in your swing which ALWAYS bumps the club off path and demands compensations to try to get back on track…. 

Alas, you also are very aware that if you don’t finish solidly on your forward pivotal axis, it’s almost impossible to be predictable with your club path…. 

So since I can’t be watching all of you right now to nudge you in the right direction if needed. Consider this a spot check!  To those building and improving your balance, well done.  For those who have let it slide a bit- GET BACK TO IT!  I know you can, and I KNOW IT WILL improve your game long term! 

No excuse for any golfer who wants more consistency. 

Positive Addiction

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:

  1. it is something noncompetitive that you choose to do and you can devote approximately forty-five minutes to an hour a day to;
  2. 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;
  3. you can do it alone (more rarely with others) – but independently of others – not depending on their presence or encouragement to continue;
  4. you believe it has some value (physical, mental, or spiritual) for you;
  5. 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;
  6. the activity must be one you can perform without negatively criticizing yourself;
  7. 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?