My More Admirable Self

Every time I walk a golf course I learn more about my presence in the world. Through my decades in this game, I’ve come to have a thorough understanding of what my best and worst qualities are. They often emerge from me as different personas. My daily life can seem like a seesaw with those angels and demons sitting on each side. Golf is how I measure which one is more dominant. However, when I play, a sort of re-balancing happens. By looking inside I can find the levers which need to be adjusted in order to bring me closer to my better self. This is important work. In order to do it, I need quiet, calm, and peaceful surroundings. Focus matters too. A golf course is ideally suited for such reflection. The walk leads me back to my more admirable self. I’m still learning how to improve so I keep coming back to golf. It is a journey with no end in sight.


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

You Earned That View

When the ball sails through the sky and your eyes focus on the fast-flying orb, there is a feeling of calm that comes from confirming its direction. There is both pride and peacefulness found in delivering the ball to its target. It’s more than just appreciating the result of a particular swing though. The seasoned player quietly celebrates the success of each shot because they remember all the work and time it took to realize it. Achievements in golf are not measured on the scales of swings, holes, and scores — it’s the years spent crafting your game that counts most. Golf is for the patient. Dedication matters. The difference between good and great comes from devotion. Golf is a practice. You can never perfect it, but you can learn to play the game with great proficiency. It’s not easy, but the work is worth it. The payoff happens each time you find a fairway, hit the green, and hole a putt. That’s why you stare down each and every result. You earned that view.


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

See It and Do It

In golf, we can shape our outcomes, but first we must believe. In order to produce a desired result we have to be able to clearly see what we want. Our abilities are only limited by the strength of our imagination. To execute a shot we have to envision what it should be. It’s shape, distance, and trajectory should all be mapped out in the mind before a club is even selected. The swing is merely a means for bringing this vision to life. Once we have seen the shot play out in our thoughts, we simply have to allow it into existence. Affirmations of this sort are powerful tools for the golfer. With a profound belief in our ability and a clear picture of what we want to produce, any shot can be achieved. When we see it, we can do it.


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

Let the Hill Be Your Friend

Downhill lies require an elevated level of attention. It’s the alignment that’s the hardest thing to get right. Being on a slope makes for interesting golf, but without proper consideration a misfired shot can easily become the result. It is in these unbalanced situations where good feel pays off. Developing an ability to position the body in line with the camber of the ground is key. You can’t fight the hill, you have to swing with it. Through your feet, torso, and shoulder, there must be a sense of connection to the angle for which the ball lies. By creating one continuous plane you can swing in a normal fashion and generate an impressive result. Those who overthink this scenario are bound to make a mistake. By calibrating your body to respond to the incline, a good turn is all that is needed. The trajectory may be influenced of course, but the only thing that matters is where the ball winds up. Despite what may look like a daunting ball position the results can work in your favor if you just get lined up properly. Let the hill be your friend.


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 Moment of Glory

Golfing glory is found through all sorts of shots. If you play the game long enough, it’s magic will find you in many different ways. A few times in every golfing life there will be moments that defy logic. The ball will find its way to the hole and send shock waves through your nervous system. There’s no way to anticipate the amazing. In an instant, what began as just another round can become a memorable outing you’ll never forget. When the unexpected happens, the celebration rings out and cheers rise among friends. Arms are raised for the accomplishment of rare feats and all the bad shots you’ve ever hit seem worth it. The smiles will last for some time, but the overwhelming joy of such a shot is fleeting. There is still more golf to play and additional swings to make. After the thrill of a tremendous shot subsides, the hunt for the next bit of glory begins. You’ll find it again, but only when you least expect it.


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 Game for Family.

Golf is a game for families. People who think otherwise are either blind to the real beauties of the game or part of the reason it gets a bad rap. I spend a great deal of time on the golf course with my family and those hours bring me endless smiles. I know of and have connected with many others who feel the same way. The simple elements of golf — being in nature, laughing at failure, finding unexpected success, and enjoying nearness to others are all qualities that are worthy of sharing with family. There are times reserved for matches and medal play and even fun with friends, but there is no time more suited to showcase the best attributes of Golf like that spent with loved ones. Golf is meant to be shared with those we are closest to. If we share a life with our family, we should also share this most special game with them. It is a wonderful thing to witness the happiness of my child and the excitement of my wife when we come together as a family on a golf course. There are few experiences I love more. This is the version of golf that I am increasingly drawn to. It’s the game I want to play for my lifetime. A golf family is a fine thing to be.


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

Standing Tall in the Short Grass

The first few hundred yards of a golf walk is always an interesting hike. Depending on the opening tee ball, those steps can either be easy and confident or frantic and shaky. How we start doesn’t always determine how we finish, but it damn sure sets the tone. The path up the fairway is highly desirable while the hazard laden routes are riddled with demons. A good start can yield early confidence. Especially while opponents are wandering through the woods. Don’t let your guard down though, the next shot still requires a good swing. There’s no better place to make it from though. It feels good to walk tall on the short grass.


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

We Are the Swings We Make

As golfers, we are a personification of the swings we make. In a lifetime spent pursuing the joys of golf, we slowly become an embodiment of the game itself. Golf is a lifestyle and given time it will consume us. From the clothes we wear to the friends we have and the trips we take — golf shapes everything we do. Golf takes our money and our time and eventually everything else. However, it also keeps us from being sedentary. This most addictive game always gives us something to be interested in. Boredom is a foreign concept to those who always keep their clubs nearby. Golfers are passionate people and it’s best to direct that energy into something that gives us purpose. Golf is a driving force for change in many a troubled heart. Because of the longevity we enjoy in this pastime, golf can be an endless source for self-improvement. As a sporty endeavor, it gives those of us who play it an uncapturable target in life. Having a constant objective is a good way to keep the mind sharp and the soul in good spirits. We golfers never stop tinkering with our game or working to better ourselves. Most who overlook golf’s true meaning miss this point entirely. Days spent on the course and hours pounding away on the range are not done in vain. Our real practice is spent learning about ourselves. We are the swings we make.


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

Golfers are Insane.

Golfers are insane. We will brave nearly any scenario and face unimaginable consequences just for the chance to hit a great shot. No matter what forces may rain down upon us, we insist on playing through. For centuries our kind has fought battles with nature and wars against our better judgment all for the opportunity to chase a little ball. It defies logic. There are no ways for which to adequately describe such madness. The golfer’s soul is tormented by a deep-rooted desire to play the game no matter what else is happening. Dodging lightning, missing family dinners, and denying the demands of one’s conscience are all par for the course. Good decisions don’t seem to live around these parts. Golfers understand the brevity of life and they don’t care much for advice that demonizes risk. It’s not so much that the game is well suited for squirrelly personas, but instead, people of a certain character are attracted to golf for its risks and rewards. No common sense or force of nature can seem to keep the golfer at bay. We play on. Not even the rains of Noah could wash out the desire to make a few good swings. The golfer never stops.


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

No Carts, Thank You

Summer is when the walking golfers show their true colors. It’s easy to opt in for a stroll when it’s a breezy 75 degrees outside, but when the heat index clears triple digits the diehards tend to stand out. It takes a certain commitment to carry your clubs while under the blazing Summer Sun. Despite the convenience of taking a cart, it’s better to test your stamina and take a hike instead. The sweat is good for you and their is a rush that comes from tarrying across the course in blistering conditions. Walking is addictive and it yields a sense of accomplishment. In Summer, the steps mean ever more. It only takes a few rounds in a cart to lose your pace and fall into the trap of riding. Stay true to your convictions and take the course in stride. Playing on foot will always be worth the work. Even beneath a relentless Sun, the game remains best enjoyed by foot.


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