Do you have a crab mentality? Do you fall into the trap of never wanting to share our golf knowledge because you think someone will become a better player than you? Well if you do, then you have come the wrong blog!
For those unaware of the crab mentality, it boils down to this saying: “if I can’t have it, neither can you”. The metaphor is derived the behavior of crabs that will literally pull an escaping crab back into the bucket so that they all remain trapped. This might sound foolish, but it I think it helped stem the other idiom of “knowledge is power, so keep it too yourself!” Never share information just in case someone improves better and faster than you. I am sure most of us have lived this at work, but do you ever see it on the golf course?
Personally, I am crowd sourcing type of person. It is defined as: “the practice of obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet.” (Dictionary.com) I believe that I do not have all the answers and think by sharing what I know, others will do the same thing. Then we all become smarter.
With the explosion of golf information on the internet, the crab mentality is quickly falling to the wayside. With the thousands technique and training videos, anyone looking for golf info will quickly be overwhelmed. It is state of the deluge of information flow. I think this is a good thing and relish the time I spend watching an learning.
I think golf is an awesome game that has an endless supply of challenging scenarios where I am left scratching my head. In those cases, I reach out to many friends, as my friends reach out to me. We have or own crowd sourcing group that helps solve many head scratching situations. I know that over they years, this approach to being a better player has saved me a great deal of time and frustration.
If you have ever read the tag underneath the title of this blog, you will know that I am all about freely sharing information. I try to ensure everyone reading it understands that this is the world according to Jim. However, I feel that by at least sharing what I know without any expectations, I will receive the same 10 fold.
Besides, I figure if other professionals share their secrets to their golfing success, who am I to hoard anything! So, if you have the opportunity, I recommend that you share you knowledge; if nothing else, point them in the direction of the local professional.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!