A Sure-Fire Way to Focus

Hitting tee shots offline is a sure fire way to build focus as a golfer. That’s because the recovery shot has to have your full attention. Through years of spending time in the trees and beyond, I’ve learned how to hit all sorts of fancy shots. Necessity breeds innovation I suppose. Because my chances at par have been so often dependent on this sort of swing, I’ve discovered how to center my attention on the shot at hand. In order to carve the ball around trees, punch through small openings, and hit fast moving stingers I can’t let my mind slip. Over time, that focus has carried over into the rest of my game. Survival skills are an important part of evolution and the same holds true for golf. When you have to pull a great shot out of thin air, your focus tends to get pretty sharp. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you feel like you don’t have any other option. Every miss is just an opportunity to get the next one right. If you can take the concentration on a recovery shot back out into the fairways good things will start to happen.


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

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