Admiration for the Feel Player

Feel players seem to have a sixth sense for golf. Just prior to contact, there is a split second where the golfer knows whether or not everything is in order. To those who go on intuition, a swing is more than just an athletic motion — it’s a sequence of events that are the result of a life’s work. Their 10,000 hours of practice have yielded an ability to know where the club face is throughout the each attempt. When everything is in order, it’s almost as if a smile starts to emerge just before impact. These players know what’s about to happen before even taking a look. With a grin, they watch the ball fly to the target as all signs point to yet another successful swing. This is akin to a painter observing a finished portrait, a mechanic starting a defunct engine, a musician with perfect pitch hitting their note, or even a welder making a seem between steel beams disappear. It is the work of an artisan — driven by skill but achieved through feel. A display worthy of admiration.


Each day I post a short golf story like this on my Instagram page @JayRevellWrites – now I’m bringing those musings to my website. Be sure to check in each day for my latest expressions on the game!

If you enjoy these daily stories, you might like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It’s currently the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.

-J