Santa, Fill My Stocking With Golf Stuff!

Every year around this time, I feel for gift givers who are trying to fill a golfer’s stocking with stuff. Generally there is a lack of knowledge and understanding of what the golfer actually wants or needs is the challenge. So, I suggest that before you head to the nearest Golftown, ask the golfer what they would like and make sure they are specific! It helps reduce the stress for everyone. Continue reading

So Now What?

The bulk of the Christmas celebrations is over for most people.  The children have experienced multiple sugar highs, thrills of new gifts, and the joys of being with family. With much of the excitement over….Now What?

For most, it will be back to work and the routine of their lives.  The excitement of “I am off on Friday to the doldrums of heading to work on Monday” will again start cycling through. Such is the end of the Christmas season.

For some, it will be time to reflect about what just happened and wonder where the time went.  And alas, others will be planning their yearly trip to the golf store.

Sometime between now and 2014, I will be making my annual trek to Golf Town.  It is our big box store that has great sales and the opportunity to try new equipment.  For the past 4 years, I have made this trip with my friend Blair, but because of my recent move he will not be joining me this year.  But, the tradition must continue!

I make this solemn trip every year and use it to kick off to my upcoming golf season.  This year, I am looking for a new 3-wood and possible putter.  The 3-wood is my priority and the putter if I see a great deal.  I have used the same putter for 10 years with great success, but I feel it is a bit heavy on the blade and it may be time for a change.  For the past 3 years, I have experimented with new 3-woods, but have not found one that I hit well. Maybe this is the year!

So as we prepare for the new golf season, remember that no matter how well you play, how low you score or if you shoot a hole-in-one, take time to reflect and be grateful. Grateful for the important things in life: our loved ones, our health, and our friends.

One last point, thanks to our military personnel deployed or working away from their families this Christmas season .  I am grateful for your sacrifice!

DART Team Deployed

Local citizens wrote ”Thank You Canada” on the roof of their house to thank the Canadian Armed Forces for their contribution in the Philippines during Operation RENAISSANCE in Roxas City, Philippines on December 12, 2013.

I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!

Want Vs. Need

During the holiday season, we all struggle with the want versus need question.  We think, over think, lament, internally discuss and ultimately stress over what I want versus need to improve my golf game.  Think about what you want for Christmas.  Now think about what you need for Christmas.  Is there a disconnect?  In some cases, probably; in the select few, no.

Want versus Need

The want versus need discussion always evolves into a catch 22. But really, most golfers confuse their want versus need.  Here are some examples:

  • I want to hit the ball farther!  I need a new driver!
  • I want lower scores.  I need to play more on the course.
  • I want to hit the ball straighter.  I need to change my grip, stance, back swing…..every time.
  • I want to break 100.  I need better equipment.
  • I want to be a better putter.  I need a new putter.

I bet you can see the pattern developing – the focus for most people on the want versus need dilemma is equipment.  It is quite possible to shift the wants and needs above into many combinations; only your imagination will limit you.

However, is this really the way to look at the want versus need questions?  How about we re-frame the statements:

  • I want to hit the ball farther.  I need go to the range a practice.
  • I want lower scores.  I need to learn more about course management.
  • I want to hit the ball straighter.  I need to take lessons from my local pro.
  • I want to break 100.  I need to practice my short game.
  • I want to be a better putter.  I need practice my putting before each round.

To understand the want versus need aspect of golf, and in life, actually requires introspection on what is the real challenge.  Do not get we wrong, sometimes new equipment is required, but an ugly swing with a $100 dollar driver is just as ugly with a $500 driver.  The only difference is that with a $500 dollar driver, you can hit the ball further into the woods!

Well, I am off to Golf Town to look for a new driver!  Just kidding!  I am a grateful golfer! See you on the practice range!