What You Think Matters

The search for finding a consistent and reliable swing is ongoing for every golfer.  

Of course, it is all relative, but even the best golfers in the world have days when their drives go wayward and their putts have obedience issues.  Why is that?  Is it because of the cyclical ups and downs of your biorhythmic charts?  Maybe the alignment of the stars?  Or perhaps your mind is elsewhere – job, home life, your favorite football team is in a slump.

Okay, let’s just accept that there are going to be OFF DAYS, so the question is: How can someone mitigate the lows?  In other words, eliminate the dumb and tragic shots, which are usually the result of poor decision making.  As British-born journalist Alistair Cooke (1908 to 2004) said, “Golf is an open exhibition of overwhelming ambition, courage deflated by stupidity, skill soured by a whiff of arrogance.  These humiliations are the essence of golf.”

I am of the belief that too often I am off balanced.  Not “off balanced” in the organically mad sense, but in the perspective sense.  When I am on the course, too often I become obsessed with Golfthink  – my last shot; my mechanics; the wind direction; whether I am up or down with my bet; my partner’s warning that I am swinging too fast and, of course, my score.  That’s too much little-picture thinking, which clutters the mind instead of helping it.

What I am going to do in the future is bring a few non-golf thoughts to the course.  I hope this plan results in less obsessive thinking, which causes anxiety.  And anxiety, as well know, makes it virtually impossible to properly concentrate on the task at hand.

Here are SEVEN LIFE THOUGHTS that should put me in the right frame of mind as I walk to my next shot and result in greater distance off the tee, crisply hit irons and on-line putts. Feel free to borrow any of these or search for a few to call your own.

  • He conquers who endures.” – Roman poet Persius (34 to 62)
  • “Clear you mind of can’t.” – English writer Samuel Johnson (1709 to 1784)
  • “Fortune befriends the bold.” -- American poet Emily Dickinson (1830 to 1882)
  • “Patience is power.” – Chinese Proverb
  • “Each day provides its own gifts.” – Roman poet Martial (between 38 and 41 AD to 102 and 104 AD)
  • "Boldly and rightly" – Eliott Clan motto
  • “You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So ... get on your way!”
Dr. Seuss (1904 to 1991), from his book, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Play Away!
Allan Stark

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