The Opening Move

A tee shot is like an opening move on the chessboard. Each hole is a new game and there are many ways to win. The opponent is always par. A well-placed drive sets up the board for other successful moves. Attempted shortcuts can result in a quick defeat. In order to conquer par, a series of properly executed actions are required. The best strategy is to start with a move that plays to your strengths. A good tee shot is one that allows for the next swing to be decisive. To stumble on the first swing is not a death sentence, but it makes capturing the board all the more difficult. An unassuming yet appropriately executed drive can lead to a wide array of options. A swift attack is made possible by proper positioning. When the winning move occurs, it can often be traced back to the preceding drive. Beating par begins with the first move.


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-J

Still A Boy in Summer

When I was a young lad, Summer meant long days on the golf course. From the first light of day until the moon appeared in the evening sky, I could be found with my friends playing our favorite game. The walks were extensive and matches seemed never ending. We only took breaks to have a swim in the pool or enjoy a candy bar and a coke on the clubhouse porch. Those days were magic and I miss them dearly. Now, as I’m older and bound by many commitments, my Summer days are filled with different things. Yet, golf hasn’t stopped pulling me into the sunshine. I find my time on the course after work or on weekends — still chasing my passion through the humidity and high temperatures of the season. Of all the things I love about the game, my favorite may just be how it makes me feel like a kid. Whether I’m playing a few holes with my dog at dusk or walking with friends on a warm Saturday morning, I’m reminded of the joys I experienced in my adolescence. The breaks I take now tend to include different beverages and if I go to the pool it’s with my young family. That old magic hasn’t left me though. Golf fills my spirit and makes me smile. Just like it did when I was a boy in Summer.


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If you enjoy these daily stories, you might like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It debuted earlier this Summer as the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.

-J

A Lengthy Roll

The long putt is viewed by many golfers as something that should merely be survived. Most hope to two-putt and then move on to the next hole. Meanwhile, players of a different mindset see great opportunity when looking down the line of a lengthy roll. To hole such a putt is the ultimate momentum builder. Not only can it change a round for the better, but it may also flip a match. Watching a ball fall into the cup from great distance is sure to lift a player’s spirit while also rattling their opponent. It may sound silly to approach a putt of a few dozen feet in length with an aim to make it, but it’s a clever strategy for the cunning golfer. The greens are the ultimate equalizer in this game. Everyone wants to pick up strokes with the flatstick yet not enough players approach the effort with proper assertion. Any putt can be holed. A good feel for the speed and line will help to build confidence. A smart play is to try and make such putts on the last roll. Instead of seeking to avoid a three-putt, it’s better to aspire to precision. Aim small, miss small. Every golfer should strive to become an elite putter from across the green. It only takes a few long putts dropping to develop a sense of the importance of this skill. Once the long ones start going in everything changes.


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-J

The Details Matter

Details matter. They are often the difference between good and great. In golf, the places that pay attention to the small things are more likely to provide a memorable experience. From tee markers, to pin flags, and everything in between, the many elements of a golf course come together to make a sense of place. The aim should be to create a consistent theme and an attractive aesthetic. This is not intended to mean courses should be cluttered — less is usually more. A discerning eye should determine whatever items are to be placed on or along the golf trail. For those pieces that make the cut, they should be seen as compelling elements of a story told through spaces. The golfer should not be distracted by these interactions. Instead, the details of a golf course presentation should allow the player to further sink into a state of bliss and enjoyment. When properly executed, this will create a stirring feeling which can compel a player to return again in search of the same sensory activation. Well-appointed detailing can make the seems of a golf course disappear. Small enhancements make a big difference; they both excite the familiar player and please the newcomer. The courses that fixate on these matters are often rewarded with the loyalty of their enthusiasts. A brief moment of interest leaves a lasting impression. These are the breadcrumbs that bring people back again and again.


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-J

The Last Man On the Course

The last man on the course is easy to spot. Long after the parking lot clears and the pro shop is locked, he can be found still stalking the course. His relationship with the game is unique to say the least. A preference for solitude leads to evenings sorting through the game and many other things. He’s not much for booking tee times — those don’t matter at this hour. When he pulls up to play the rest of the golfers he knows are sitting down for dinner. The magic he finds in the final hour of his day is worth the sacrifice of other social interactions. Here he can search for his game in an uninterrupted environment. The only distractions he must mind are the rising sound of crickets and the fast fading light. A few extra chips and some practice putts are the hallmark of these quick trips around his favorite holes. An ever present smile and a kind wave to anyone who drives by is further evidence that he is content. To relish in such splendor is all he dreams of. A vision realized just before dark each day.


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If you enjoy these daily stories, you might like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It debuted earlier this Summer as the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.

-J

Golf is a Recipe for Happiness

Golf with friends at Streamsong Resort

Golf is a way to be with friends for extended periods of time. In those hours spent together, bonds are formed and relationships are strengthened. This game is tailored to the desires we all have to be close to our fellow man. It gives us an opportunity to engage and better understand each other. In many cases, golf even becomes the reason for new friendships to blossom. Golf is a gateway to gaining meaningful companionship. The more we go into the game the closer we become with those by our side. Whether we play on weekday evenings after work, Saturday mornings in a regular group, or on yearly trips with those we share the game with, golf is the mechanism for binding us to those we share our lives with. Play more golf, make more friends, live a more full life. Golf is a recipe for happiness.


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!

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-J

One True Swing

When a big shot is needed the golfer must concentrate and find their true swing. It’s so easy to get caught up in the imitation of others, but that’s not the proper course. Instead, a wise golfer will discover their strength in doing the best with what they have. Being efficient is underrated. The tactical and strategic golfer can still outscore an inconsistent opponent. To do so, they must stay within themselves. The best swing to make in any moment is the one which is most repeatable.


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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

Faith Rewarded

To some degree, every golf shot requires faith. You have to believe in order to execute. Confidence is a collection of factors — ability, calmness, and past experiences to name a few. When faced with a difficult lie or challenging carry, these are the assets you must rely upon. A swing made with conviction is one that stands a chance to deliver. In golf, faith is rewarded handsomely.


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If you enjoy these daily stories, you might like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf.

-J

The Caddie is Your Friend

A caddie is a guide. Someone who can lead you around a golf course and set you up for success. They are also teachers, showing you how to play each hole to the best of your ability. Caddies are companions too — providing conversations to keep your golfing mind at ease. The job, when performed well, is much harder than it looks. To be a caddie requires many skills. Patience, empathy, and congeniality are important traits too. Each day they are witness to the highs and lows of golf. They help players move on from bad shots while also helping make incredible memories happen. The services of a great caddie elevate the experience of a special round. Caddies aren’t just there to carry your clubs. They are with you to bring the best out of your game while assisting as you get the most from a course. In golf, this is important work. Every player can benefit from what a great caddie has to offer — better golf and a better understanding of where you play it. The caddie is your friend. Take one when you can.


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.

-J

Old Man Par

Old man Par is an elusive foe. He constantly reminds us of our shortcomings while taunting our sensibilities. He should not be so hard to vanquish, but he is. To conquer par is a deceptively simple task. Fairways and greens are the preferable paths, but there are many potholes and detours faced along the way. Old man Par doesn’t yield easily — he is the ever consistent opponent.


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.

-J