Golf in Morning Has Its Challenges

I love early morning golf. I find everything about my morning rounds perfect, well most of the time. There are some challenges this time of year (Mid August) that affect my game, but over years of experience, I have found several fixes that are no fail. They are minor changes, but greatly enhance my overall playing enjoyment and helps keep my scores lower. I think they will help you as well.

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Remaining Mindful on the Golf Course

I have played a fair bit of golf lately and realize that I am not as recovered from my treatments last year as I had thought. This is okay because it is important to continue to push the physical boundaries even though things seemed to have plateaued. However, there is one thing that should never wane is being mindful while playing golf. I know my game is heading off the rails if I lose focus on making a shot or my course management strategy.

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What is a Grateful Golfer?

Being GratefulRecently, an old friend dropped me a line to say hello. He told me about his great season, low scores, and awesome shots. It sounded like one of his best seasons ever and yet, he was frustrated. He talked about how he was not satisfied with his performance as he never seemed satisfied as he continued to strive for a better game. Finally, he asked me a question that caught me be surprise, he said, “how do I become a grateful golfer?”

At this blog, we talk about all things golf. We talk about scores, tips, and methods on how to lower your golf score. We talk about tournaments, the ups and downs of professional golf, and we acknowledge milestones of all players. I even have talked about being a grateful golfer on several occasions. I just assumed that through all this interaction, my message would be loud and clear….well I guess not!

Being a grateful golfer is completely different to every player or fan. I searched the term “how to be grateful” and it came up with 7,520,000 results. Yup, I guess there are many ways to be grateful and there appears to be no end to number of people who think they have the answer for you, but I am not so sure. Can anyone really tell you how to be grateful?

If you read the top twenty results, they all describe various steps of change that will help you seek what you are looking for. After further research, I noticed a trend and concluded that it is the experiences of gratitude on your journey to being a grateful golfer that is important. I believe being a grateful golfer is a state of mind that independent of your score.

Gratitude is found in many forms. Everyone is different and their reasons for being grateful are their own. Everyday, I try to be thankful for my awesome life and that naturally transitions into my golf game. My perspective towards playing golf is not always rosy because of my competitive nature, but no matter the result on the course, I can always be grateful for something.

In my case, there are a few tenants that help me be a grateful golfer. They work for me and might of value to you:

  • MindfulnessMindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
  • Being Thankful   Aware and appreciative of a benefit; grateful. Expressive of gratitude: a thankful smile.
  • Manage Expectations – I am not a professional golfer, but I believe that there is an opportunity to learn and improve every time I play. My expectations are not always tied to my score (although I always try to shoot low), but the experiences during each round make it easy to be grateful.
  • Gratefulness is Catching – The more I actively and outwardly show gratitude, the more grateful I become about golf and my life. This may sound a bit utopian, but being grateful is a choice.

Being a grateful golfer is only one part of golf. I believe that gratitude allows me to fully appreciate my time on the links. I play golf for many reasons and one of the cornerstones of my game is being grateful.

I am not sure if any of this makes sense, so please help me out here! Let me know what you think!

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

The Joys of Golf

Well tomorrow I am heading to visit my friends in the UK. I anticipate that we will laugh, joke, tell stories and of course hit the links! Despite the obvious, my trip offers many things for which I am grateful. My gratitude is not limited to being able to play golf in 18 degree weather in November, but is much larger than that!

Introspection allows me to look deep inside and realize that many of my joys in life have been a result of playing golf! Golf has afforded me the opportunity to travel, meet extremely interesting people, strike up conversations with complete strangers and provide me a light when I had to crawl out of dark places in my life!

I would be foolish to think that golf is the most important thing in my life because that is just not true. My wife, daughter, son in law and health are by far most important to me, however golf provides an opportunity to experience other joys for which I am grateful.

As I prepare for my trip to see my friends, I am grateful for the opportunity share great times on and off the golf course. I am grateful for the opportunity to play golf in the UK. I am grateful for the experience of playing golf on my friends home course and meet many of the people he talks about. And I am grateful for the 2 strokes aside he will give me!

The joys of golf are unique to each person. Only you can decide what drives your passion to play! Regardless, being grateful and mindful of what is being offered to you everyday will open many doors to happiness on and off the course!

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