Is Forced Learning Really Learning in Golf?

This may seem like a strange question, however it is something I have thought about over the past few years. Immediately, many of us and put the brakes on when the hint of change is in the air. Stepping out of our comfort zone is not something that we embrace, yet to be a better golfer we have to make this journey often. Sometimes we must force ourselves to learn new skills if we ever want to achieve the new levels of play on the links.

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Golfing Solo on the Golf Course

Gratitude2Golf is an awesome social game. It offers great opportunities to meet some fantastic people and I generally take advantage of it. Sometimes, however, it is nice to play a round solo to gather my thoughts and focus on being in the moment.

Today, by the time you read this post, I will either be on the course or long finished. I am playing early birds at my home track and anticipate being the only player there for at least an hour. A few years back, I played many solo early bird rounds and enjoyed walking the course in solitude. Today should be no different! Continue reading

Chasing the Dream

How elusive is your golf dream?  If 100 people were asked this question, 101 answers would be given.  Chasing your dream in golf is very difficult, stressful, fun and exciting all at the same time.  It is all a matter of perception.

Perception vs RealityThe famous quote that “Perception is reality” absolutely applies to all golfers. In golf, many players have the dream of turning pro, hitting a hole-in-one, breaking par, breaking 100 or winning a nickel off their buddy during their Saturday money game. That is all dreams are; a varying degree of perception.

Through the years, my dreams have changed.  Mostly, they changed as my skill level increased. Thus, my perception of what is acceptable on the course changed and logically my reality changed.  In turn, I continue to chase my elusive golf dream.  For example:

  • I wanted a hole-in-one.  I now have 3 and chase 5!
  • I wanted to break par.  I have done so several times and now want too every year.
  • I am still chasing the extremely albatross….came close once – 2 inches.

But are these really dreams or milestones.  It depends on who you talk to and how they perceive their game of golf.

Other golf dreams may include things like golfing with fellow bloggers who live around the world.  Playing golf with my wife and daughter.  Regularly playing golf with my friend in the UK and letting him win.  Golfing in New Zealand or Australia.  Playing St. Andrews.  Always living for the moment on the golf course.  Helping someone start golf. The list can go on and on.

Through the years I have met many outstanding people through golf.  Some were on the course and others over a conversation. I have played on many outstanding courses and seen things that when I was young I could only dream about.  However, as the years pass and my fond memories grow; I just smile and reflect.

After much pondering I have concluded that:

My perception is that I will always chase the elusive golf dream;

My reality in golf is that it is all about the JOURNEY!

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