Member/Guest Season

I’m not sure who first invented the idea of member/guest golf tournaments, but I’m sure glad they did. Some of my favorite golf memories have been born from the long laugh-filled days of these competitions. It’s hard to have a bad time while engrossed in such an indulgent environment. When invited to play, I jump at the chance to participate. It’s a lot of fun to get lost in golf with friends for a weekend. These club tournaments are marked by heavy pours, interesting personas, and tense putts. The food spread is obscene and the smack talk is turned up to the highest level. No matter the format it’s always a good way to compete with kindred spirits. You’ve got to really love golf to spend that much time and money on it in a 48-hour window. The member/guest experience was made for the golf junkie and I’m unquestionably part of that crowd. I’ve been on some winning teams but most of my member/guest record is defined by side-splitting jokes, bets that don’t payout and playing as much as I can before having to return to the daily routine. Being in the mix is always exhilarating, however, the real enjoyment comes from the people I meet and the places I get to know better. No two events are the same and I wish I could get to play them all. Member/guest tournaments always leave me with a small headache and a smile — signs of a good time had by all. It’s a scene that suits me well.


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

-J

The Artful Dropper

It’s never a good feeling when reaching in the bag for a new ball to put in play. Losing an orb to a hazard is both frustrating and bad for scoring. It may even feel worse to find the ball and be forced to drop due to its lack of playability. Either way, when we have to reach for our rule book it’s a sign of trouble.

Dropping sounds like a simple practice, but in reality, it’s something that requires a bit of skill. There is obviously an element of chance involved — balls do bounce after all. However, the artful dropper can both find a good spot and land the ball there.

The rules for dropping have changed quite a bit over the years, but it has always been something great golfers pay special attention to. The modern version is surely to the player’s advantage. To release the ball from knee-high yields much better control over the end result. Good lies from the drop have become much more plentiful. Still, some golfers have shown a proclivity for dropping their penalty shot safely in desirable places.

A bad drop is one of golf’s worst possible results. The relief is costly, to begin with, and when it results in a poor spot to play from we feel shorted by the golf gods. With the ball in hand, it’s important that we get the drop right. Those are the little differences that add up when the round ends. Show me a golfer who carefully studies their drops and I’ll wager they have a low handicap.


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

-J

Being Blown About

When the wind picks up, those with a talent for getting the ball in the hole really shine. The short game matters greatly in any round, but especially when everyone is missing greens because of the howling breeze. Some players panic when the wind starts to puff while others see opportunities. There is no better equalizer than the wind and the player who can scramble tends to rise to the top. Imagination and concentration are both required to be successful with the scoring clubs — a truth most evident in a gale. The player with great touch and feel is at a tremendous advantage here. When many players become frustrated with the wind, the ones with a proper short game start seeing a path to victory. He who gets up and down conquers all.


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

Weekend Vibes

Golf is a fine way to ease into the weekend. A few holes, a few friends, and a few sips of something cold make for a fabulous Friday night. Everyone needs a mechanism for shaking off the stress of a long week. I’ve yet to find a better system for doing so than golf. Playing this silly game just makes my worries melt away. Whether I’m enjoying some swings with my family, walking the dog before dark, or just having a hit with my pals, there’s no better way to kickstart some downtime. Golf is an awfully pleasant game. Those of us fortunate enough to have fallen for it are always quick to get back to the course. This is especially true when the work stops on Friday. There are fifty-two weeks in a year and the best ones always end with golf. When someone needs to find me late on the eve of a weekend, the course is a good place to start the search. I’m there an awful lot — usually with a big smile.


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 Lot To Smile About

Golf is a great way to find happiness. Even though the game is hard it still brings a smile to thousands of faces each day. Those wide grins are caused by good shots, great friends, and grand memories. The more you play the more you’ll find of each. The popularity of golf is derived from the game’s ability to lend joy to anyone who plays it. Players of every skill level can discover rich and rewarding moments through the sport. The game is tailored to optimists and by attracting such personalities golf helps make the world a more delightful place. Golf is a celebration of the small things that are worth appreciating. Every round is an opportunity to enjoy the blessings we are given. There’s a lot to smile about in life and golf is a fabulous reminder of that. To play the game is to choose to be happy.


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 at Sunrise

Golf at sunrise is good for the soul. Taking a long walk through the morning dew helps to set a positive tone for the day. With crisp reminders of the night still lingering, the golf course wakes up to welcome golfers once again. It’s a splendid time to be enjoying the gifts of this game. There is a vibrancy to nature in those early hours. Birds, bugs, and other critters compose a symphony of stirring sounds to signal the start of something new. While the day is young the golf is pure and unbothered. Beginning the day with such a beloved activity makes even the steepest challenges of life feel benign. For those who find their peace through golf, the dawn yields a particularly pleasing variety of the game. Every day brings new possibilities and playing golf is a great way to explore them. There is much to adore about our world and the course we find at daybreak is littered with those reminders. No matter the tasks that lay ahead, some sunrise swings will help keep them in perspective. It’s awfully hard to have a bad day when it begins with golf.


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 Talk With Friends

Eighteen holes leaves a lot of time to talk. Especially while on foot. When we play with our most dear companions the conversations tend to delve into all aspects of life. We talk about family, frustrations, and even other friends. There are chats concerning our children, current events, and career trajectory. Some blokes discuss their love life while others prefer the stocks they like to pick. Golf trips and community gossip are always popular topics too. There really isn’t much off the table. When we play with our pals, it’s a chance to both celebrate our joys and unload some baggage. We tell our golf friends all sorts of things because through sharing we discover we aren’t alone in our successes and challenges. It’s good to know others are with us. Step by step and word by word we untangle the thoughts we tend to otherwise keep to ourselves. Perhaps it’s the open space that inspires such sharing. Mostly, it’s just knowing that the golfers you walk with care enough to listen. Having someone hear you out helps more than most like to admit. A tee time is a mutual agreement in that sense. When we play golf we drop our guard. The game makes everyone vulnerable and it’s that common footing that allows these discussions to happen with ease. The shots we make matter, but the talks we have along the way are often what we need more. Golf is a good way to sort out where we stand with each other and there’s a lot of time for conversation between swings.


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

Newfound Confidence

A good golf lesson can make a mid handicap player feel like a tour pro. With some focus on fundamentals and a pep talk on creating power, a decent player can see dramatic gains in their performance. Those who possess a solid skillset but lack consistency are always the quickest turnaround. With a little hard work, a sensible teacher can get a higher, straighter, and more reliable shot shape from their pupil in only a few range sessions. It doesn’t take long before a newfound sense of confidence will kick in. So much of scoring comes from believing in one’s ability. If there is anything that makes a golf professional worth their lesson price it’s finding a repeatable swing that creates a confident player. Once a golfer feels like they can take dead aim there isn’t much to stop them from shooting good scores.


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

Life From the Rough

If you play enough golf, you’re going to get highly acquainted with being in the rough. That’s because most of golf is a wayward experience. The convenience of the fairway is a much-preferred place to play from but don’t set your expectations there. It’s better to build a game that anticipates the constant conflicts that come from difficult lies. Much like in life, the hard spots are the norm. You best be ready to swing from such places. If you can learn to score from the difficult positions you’ll build unflappable confidence. It’s a lot easier to get lucky from the short grass, but the rough will make you gritty. If you can play well from there, you can succeed anywhere on the course. That’s a good lesson for living too.


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

Tools, Not Jewels

Golf clubs are tools, not jewels. They are supposed to get dirty, dinged up, and disheveled. Clubs only look new when they haven’t been used. They are meant to be swung through grass, mud, roots, and weeds. In that vein, wear and tear is a sign of success. You can’t get dirt in your grooves unless you play and that’s what clubs are for. Every nick on the club head is a mark of character. Those scars have stories too. They tell of the good, bad, and ugly that happens in golf. Imperfections are indicative of adventure. The golfer goes out into the vast expanses of the game with a goal of combating each course — their clubs are the tools of this battle. Show me a set that lacks the blemishes and bruises brought on my regular use and I’ll show you a golfer who hasn’t earned their stripes. Those sticks are meant for hitting. Go rough them up.


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