Walking The Golf Path Of Gratefulness

There is a reason I called my golf blog The Grateful Golfer. As I tried to develop a positive mindset due to some medical challenges, I felt that talking about and sharing my ideas about my passion would allow me to focus on being grateful for the wonderful aspects of my life. After 10 years of musings, I can honestly say that my goal succeeded beyond my expectations. As I round the corner to the back nine of my life, I think it is time to double down and continue sending positive vibes of gratefulness into my 3 foot space and beyond.

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Disappointed When Arriving At The Golf Course

I have adopted a new way to go golfing this year. Instead of making a tee time and trying to meet that timing, I have decided to just drive to the course and walk on. So far every time I have arrived at my home course I would hop out of my car and walk to the first tee. My plan has worked out very well so far this year (11 rounds all ready) until yesterday. I should have known that a Saturday afternoon of a long weekend would add a wrench into my plans. It was disappointing to arrive and see two groups waiting and two groups already playing the first hole. Also, I followed two cars into the parking lot; likely they were smart enough to make a tee time.

Needless to say that I was disappointed to see a packed course. So, I abruptly turned my car around and drove the 10 minutes to my house. As I drove home I was mildly disappointed, but given my current plan of how to play this year, I quickly got over the emotional rollercoaster of not playing during the bright sunny day.

I have to admit that my playing plan is working out okay. I decided to approach this year with less stress and more fun. I could have easily went back for a twilight round, but decided to stay home with my darling wife. Not having to drive an hour one way definitely has opened up many opportunities to play more stress free golf. I am still hoping to play 60+ rounds this year and I have plenty of time to accomplish this goal and have fun doing it!

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

Is There More To Life Than Golfing?

If you ask many golfers, I am confident a large percentage would say No! Some days Inwould be one of those golfers, but in reality my interests are evolving. Mostly, my interests revolve around doing things with my best friend and wife.

The activity we love to do is kayaking. This is nothing new, but this the season.

Boom Creek.
We love running water.
A foam iceberg!

We try to kayak for about an hour. It gives us time to chat, talk and be in the moment. The best part of our fun activity is spending time together being grateful.

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

Playing Fun Golf With Success

Yesterday I hit the links with the intent of playing different formats through different holes. It was not to work on anything new, but to shake up my game and have some fun. So, I played best ball (with two balls) for the first four holes and a scramble for the last five. It was all about having fun until I started playing well, then my competitive nature kicked in. It all started on the first hole!

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How To Make A Difficult Golf Shot

I was playing golf two days ago and on the last hole I hit a wayward shot to the right of the ninth green. I pushed my pitching wedge from 120 yards and found a tough third shot on the par 4. I have had a great deal of experience hitting shots from tough locations and I used this experience to hopefully save par. Fortunately, I have a simple three step process for difficult shots and it paid of in this case.

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