After watching “Trouble With The Curve” with Clint Eastwood, I was reminded of two important traits that can be transferred between sports. In this case it is baseball and golf. During the movie an aging baseball scout, who is visually impaired, is sent to assess a potential number one pick in the upcoming draft. As most armchair athletes know, this is a big deal and as such, mistakes cannot be made. As the movie unfolds, Eastwood finally offers some sage wisdom that is transferable to golf. Additionally, in the final scenes, a surprise character sums up an perfect approach to all sports. **Spoiler Alert: If you have not watched this movie and want too; I suggest you stop reading because there is some spoiler discussion below**
During a scene in this movie, Amy Adams asks Eastwood how he knew a baseball was not hit well. It was the defining moment of the movie as Eastwood, with his endless experience, stated that it was all about the sound. The ball makes a pure sound when hit well off the bat. Eastwood could not define it, but stated that Adams would know it when she heard it. Well, a golf ball hitting a golf club is the same thing. It is a specific sound that most golfers recognized instantly when they hear it. It is a wonderful sound and something that we try to emulate all the time. I think many experience golfers could close their eyes and say whether a ball was hit pure or not; it is a matter of opening our minds to the sound. I really is special when we hear it.
The second ah-ha moment happens in the clip above. As you watch this clip unfold, you see a young high school aged future player standing on the mound in a big league stadium. As he stands there focusing and gathering himself, Adams walks out to the mound and asks him if he was nervous. He responds, “no, Ma’am, its only a game!” What a perfect response. There are many situations when playing in tournaments or shooting great scores that need to remind myself that golf is only a game. I should revel in the moment, not fear the perceived pressure situation. Golf is only a game and should be played for fun…..most of the time. 😉
I talked about the sound a golf makes on contact in previous articles. It is still valid today and something I still use to determine if I made the pure contact I continually seek. You can read it here: That Special Sound On Contact. When hitting balls into my driving net, the sound of contact is a valuable tool I use to determine if I am swinging properly. When I am not, I try not to be fussed because golf is only a game!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!