Golf is a tough game! Anyone who has devoted any amount of time to playing this awesomely frustrating sport knows that at any time great or disastrous things can happen. It is because we have any control over some events even though we think the opposite. I cannot remember the number of times that my round has change significantly (good or poor) for the swing of one club. The mental challenges to the unknown results does force many players into a tailspin. But not me, I have decided (actually years ago) not to focus on the short game, but to say focused on the long term results of improving my game.
Throughout my golfing journey, I have often thought that my game had turned the corner and I was on the upward swing of success. Of course, this has happened as many times as the corner revealed a downward trend in my playing. I often wondered why I was going in the wrong direction until one faithful day I figured out the reason and it was so simple!
I accepted the fact that golf is a tough game and that the only aspect of my participation in this crazy sport is how I think and feel at any given time. I realize that this sounds crazy, but keeping my mind positive always garnered better results than if I spiraled down the dark tunnel of fear. Yup, I changed my mental attitude and found that I played better golf in the short and long term. Seems like a crazy idea and you would be correct except for the 25 years of success I believe I have experienced because of my choice to remain positive.
To be honest, this is not always the easiest thing to accomplish. There were many instances that tested my resolve and I am not afraid to admit that I failed sometimes. However, over the long run staying positive helped my game achieve the successes I sought during my journey.
Fast forward to today. My game has plateaued over the past three or four years. I have tried to move to the next level with limited success. I have sparks of greatness and think that I am on my way only to smacked down by this crazy game. I do not worry too much about my ups and downs anymore because I think I have accepted that unless I am going to devote a greater amount of time to improving, my game will not ultimately change. Wishing it so does not make it happen.
What does all of this mean, well for the time being I will keep trying to improve. I have some facilities to help, but I am not sure I want to dedicate more time to playing/thinking/writing about golf. I wonder if that is the right path or am I feeling the doldrums of the long winter’s nap? I am not really sure, but I do know golf will always be there to lift me up or smack me down depending on how I mentally approach the off-season and starting next April, the 2023 golf season.
For now, my musings will remain musings. I will continue to write and use my DIY driving net in the garage. I will wait to see what happens in the upcoming season, but make now mistake that I am wary of golf’s intention to make me earn my success.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!