As I sit and watch the FIFA World Cup, I marvel at the conditioning of the players. They are all lean, athletic, and prepared to play at the élite level. Additionally, I cannot believe how tough they are! I mean, every time there is contact it is like these guys were hit with a baseball bat. After a suitable time of rolling on the ground, they shake off the injury and jump back into the frey. It truly is amazing.
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I mean, come on; this is the craziest display of poor sportsmanship I have ever seen. Unfortunately, it must work from time to time or else they would stop. Then I started to think of how this scenario fit into golf. Maybe not at the soccer extreme, but we have our way of blaming a poor shot on something else. It seems as if we have an excuse for everything.
- Missed Putt. Pick up a rock, fix a ball mark, check my putter face or complain about shadows.
- Miss chip or iron shot. The lie was unplayable, there was too much grass behind my ball, I heard a noise, or we are playing too fast.
- Off the tee. You are standing in my vision, the tee box is not level, my back is sore, or I am swinging too fast.
I think you get my point. Golfers have their fair share of excuses for missed shots. I bet when you play, you do not even give it a second thought when someone provides and unsolicited excuse. Of course, we are not at the level of FIFA soccer players, but we have our way of blaming something else for our miss shots.
Personally, I try to avoid such situations. I am sure I offer an excuse from time to time, but I think rarely. I think golf is a game where we need to take ownership of our shots. Regardless of the outcome, I try to always commit to every shot. Therefore, I own all aspects (good or bad) of each shot. Making useless excuses is not helpful, so I guess I need to focus more on not making excuses and just enjoy the game.
Are you a soccer player?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!