Aerification Season

Summer is the season of aerification. Small holes are punched into beautiful putting surfaces as a means of beneficial destruction. The roots need room to grow! Despite the disappointment from every golfer who hears this procedure has happened at their favorite course, this process is a necessary evil. These Swiss cheese greens may be unsavory in the short term, but the measures taken by the agronomy crew will yield a rewarding experience in the months ahead. The layers of sand deposited on the greens are also inconvenient to good putting, but the bumpy three footer today will soon yield to a smooth rolling paradise. With fast growing grasses the healing process is not so long. The holes will soon recover and the quality of the course will only improve. This status is far from ideal in the short term, but the resulting conditions will bring a smile to many a golfer. Although reviled by everyone who plays the game, the greens getting punched is the secret to happy customers later in the year. What we suffer through today will be celebrated in good time. We should salute the sand filled holes and cheer the inconsistent rolls! They are but a temporary pain.


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

The Wisdom of Gramps

My Grandfather is old school. His golf philosophies don’t pair so well with those who subscribe to the game’s modern approach. Gramps believes more in “effortless power” than a “powerful effort.” This way of swinging the club has suited him well in his life. In over eight decades of playing the game, he’s mastered his move through a constant dedication to golf. He still values accuracy over length and artistry to strength. Gramps sees the swing path as the key to shaping shots — something he still does well even at 86. He has never been much for flash because he knows the steady horse wins the race. Hitting fairways and greens is the secret. That is achieved by repetition. When Gramps plays, the strategies he pursues are consistent with his teachings. A smooth swing and good ball striking can yield low scores. If it can still work for him, imagine what it can do for others who love to play. A round with Gramps is a study in the classical theories of golf. There is much to learn from his wisdom. I still benefit from every lesson.


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

Chasing a Golf Dream

Dreams are a funny thing. They start out small and when given time, grow to fascinating heights. I’ve always loved to write — an infatuation that has yielded great results in my career, but not something I used to explore other joys in my life. Yet, in recent years, that craft began to intertwine with my passion for golf. Strange and beautiful things can happen when trained skills meet soulful obsessions. Not knowing where that collision would lead, I started to put my thoughts about golf to paper. The result has been various essays, musings, and other contemplations on the game. Those words have lead to all sorts of new friendships, opportunities, and beginnings. The composition of my golfing epiphanies have helped me discover the depths of this most wonderful sport. This practice has also lead to new learnings about my own spirit. Now, that journey has manifested in a collection of my favorite works. It’s a book. A manifesto of sorts. A deceleration of my intentions and beliefs. I call it The Nine Virtues of Golf. It’s my golf story which also happens to be the story of my life. My most sincere hope for which, is to build further connections with my fellow golfer. My book is intended to be a bridge — one uniting me with the game and the millions of people who play it. If this crazy idea works, then perhaps it will lead me to more places and more people who embody the true nature of golf. With a full heart and fulfilled dream, I aim to keep up my writing pursuits. Who knows where they will take me next. Ideally, it will be to fairways near and far with folks like you.


Below is a link to my book, it’s currently the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.


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!

-J

Who Cares About the Weather?

When the clouds gather and the wind rises, light hearted golfers go home. But not the die hards. Those truly committed to the game simply slap on their rain gear and play on. The conditions of nature are not an excuse to go inside. They are instead an invitation to test your skills. In golf’s motherland, weather is essential to this sport — it makes for a valiant pursuit. Varied forecasts are an opportunity to experience golfing environs in new ways. When precipitation is present and the gusts begin to blow, those who are most in love with golf prepare to go out again. Somewhere beneath a pulled down cap, drenched by rain and challenged by the game, lies the sly smile and warmed heart of a golfer in their element. There are no stoppages here.


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

The Thrill of Golf

A round of golf is a series of thrilling moments strung together through a long walk. The most exciting of which are found on courses that keep you guessing. This game is intended to be an adventure. Thrills can come from bold tee shots and daring escapes. A well struck approach, holed chip, or sidewinding putt can stir the blood as well. These are the sort of shots that make golf worth playing. Because the game is hard, it is also compelling. The golfers ability to overcome difficulties on the course is what makes the sport so addicting. Golf is a lifelong chase for fleeting thrills — a worthy pursuit for the sporting soul.


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

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!

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

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.


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

The Nine Virtues of Golf is the #1 New Release Golf Book on Amazon!

About the Book

In his debut book, golf writer Jay Revell takes readers for a walkabout through his personal experiences, recollections, and theories from a lifetime spent in the sport. The Nine Virtues of Golf is a compilation of short pieces that speak to Revell’s beliefs about the game. Handpicked by the author, this collection of Revell’s work is a reflection of someone who lives for the game of golf. 

Designed to be picked up and read ten minutes at a time, The Nine Virtues of Golf is a perfect companion for golf trips, beach days, and bedside reading. Revell likes to describe his book as “a greatest hits album of sorts” featuring a mix of essays, poems, stories, and other contemplations published by the author in recent years. 

With stories that describe the joy of playing golf, Revell has built a global following of golfing diehards. In The Nine Virtues of Golf, the author brings those tales together in an easily digestible reader that’s perfectly suited for anyone with a passion for golf. 

About the Author

Jay Revell is a golf writer based in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the author of  The Nine Virtues of Golf: Essays, Musings, and Other Contemplations on the Game. His stories, essays, travelogues, and histories have been featured in a wide variety of popular publications including The Golfer’s Journal, McKellar Magazine, Golf.com, and Golf Advisor. Jay has also worked with a number of golf relevant brands such as MacKenzie Golf Bags and Visit Florida. He publishes regular musings on the game via his personal website JayRevell.com.

Beyond golf, Jay is Vice President for Advocacy & Public Policy for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. As a public affairs professional, he applies over a decade of experience in the realms of public policy, advocacy, public relations, and content creation for community-based causes, campaigns, and other critical services at the local level.

Jay is a husband and father to his wife Sarah and daughter Winnie. He lives with his family and their two wonderful dogs, Leon and Bodie. His family, including their dogs, are featured prominently in his daily golf stories published on his Instagram page.

Jay Revell can be reached in the following ways.

Email: jayrevelltlh@gmail.com and Twitter: @JayRevell

Raves and Reviews

“In this collection you’ll have a chance to not just relive some of Jay’s golf epiphanies, but to recognize your own within them. Just as it’s easy work to connect with Jay as a golf partner, so is it to connect with his words, finding your golfing self in the questions he puts forth, and the answers he discovers.”  –Tom Coyne, New York Times Best Selling Author of A Course Called Scotland

“Is Jay’s life golf? Or is his golf his life? The simple answer is, yes. His total immersion into the soul, culture and community of the game is informative and inspiring. There’s no one who doesn’t benefit from his observations and opinions as he passionately pursues a life of golf.”Matt Ginella, Host of The Fire Pit podcast and former Golf Channel Travel Insider

“Every time I read Jay’s words, I immediately want to get out and play golf. What higher endorsement could there be for a golf writer?” –Tony Dear, Author of The Story of Golf in Fifty Holes

“Jay Revell writes about the game of golf like others write about their kids. His love for the game rolls off the page like a 2-foot putt for eagle. His love for golf is natural and unmatched…in many ways, it’s like peering into his golfing soul.” – Connor T. Lewis, Founder, The Society or Golf Historians and host of the TalkinGolf History Podcast

“Jay expresses beautifully what many of us struggle to articulate: that golf is just a game in the same way air is just for breathing.” – Rod Mori, Host of The State of the Game podcast

“There’s writing about golf and there’s writing about the joy of playing golf. Jay does the latter and does it very well.” – Adrian Logue, Co-host The Good-Good Golf Podcast 

“Now comes yet another “golf scribe” who would not just scribble dribble but rather paint vivid word pictures informing majestic tapestries of friends and friendships forged on terra firma transformed from the soil of dreams into the fabric of reality. Jay Revell is his name. Creative golf writing is his game.” – Sidney L. Matthew, Author of The Life and Times of Bobby Jones

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In the Author’s Words

I believe that golf is the most soulful game ever devised by man. This book is a compilation of essays, musings, and other contemplations that explore my feelings on the subject. Being a lifelong golfer, I have formed many working theories on the game and through my pursuit of the sport I’ve settled on a few that I think hold true. In this collection, you’ll find a variety of my writings on golf and why the game means so much to me and the millions of people who play it. 

These thoughts and stories may be told from my perspective, but I continue to find that they connect with golfers around the globe. Golf is a game of virtue and it creates a unique bond between those who play it. Despite our different experiences, we all tend to come back to the same observations. Speaking to that truth has always been my aim as a writer.

Golf affects those who play it like no other game known to man. It has meditative power and transformational properties. The game is an emotional roller coaster and most players want a nonstop ride. Because golf speaks to the human experience, some people even find redemption in it. Much like religion, golf is also a saving grace. My stories are designed to reflect that. 

I found golf in a small town and it has taken me to courses all across America. Golf has brought me closer to family and earned me friends from many corners of the world. This game is a vessel that has carried me between the chapters of my life. For these many reasons and more, I am unabashedly in love with golf. I write about the game because it means so much to me and this book and its contents are a reflection of that. 

If you believe as I do — that golf is an essential part of life, then I genuinely expect that you will enjoy these readings. If not, then perhaps they can serve as a pathway to some new considerations on the game. Golf is everywhere and all we have to do is go play it. I am hopeful that The Nine Virtues of Golf will lead you to more frequent swings and regular walks on the course you call home. 

Cheers to golf and all that makes it great!

-Jay Revell

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.


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

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