Acknowledging Your Successes In Golf

The measure of success on the golf course is something I have struggled with over the years. I have rode the wave of success and failures many times over the course of playing golf. Whether it was a hole in one, breaking par, winning a tournament, or winning a difficult match, I was always elated with my successes. Looking back in retrospect, I realize that these big moments were matched with more disappointing times that seem to have eluded my memory. This is not surprising, but a fact of many athletes psyche who wish to succeed at their chosen sport. And golf is not different. Yet, after pondering on the subject of success, I realize I have overlooked a tremendous number of instances that should be counted as successes in my golf game!

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The Possibilities Are Endless Or Are They?

I remember, early in my golfing career, talking to a gentlemen about the different ways to play a golf shot. He suggested that there were endless possibilities and an equally number of outcomes. At the time, I took his sage advise without question, but now I am not so sure that this is the case. I guess from a purely mathematical point of view, that is possible. However, from a course management aspect, no way!

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A Golfer’s Journey Is Their’s Alone

If I knew then what I know now, would I be a better golfer? If I knew 40 years ago what it would take to be a scratch golfer, I might have changed my approach to my game. Would I have practiced more? Would I have purchased better equipment? Could I have played with more intent of lowering my scores? Ah, if I only knew then what I know now!

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