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

An Unshakeable Relationship with Golf

There is no amount of money, fame, or privilege that I would trade for the ability to play golf. My lifelong desire is to take walks with friends, make swings through fields, and stake my claim in the game I love. More obsession than habit and more life choice than infatuation, my love for golf runs deep. The game is woven into the very fabric of my being and to separate me from it would fracture my soul. With each round of golf played, I find myself pulled further into an unshakable relationship with the sport. As I learn from the game, I also hope to help keep it alive. I suppose that would be my way of returning the favor. Golf is not a reason for living, it’s just how I choose to 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

Golf Saved My Life

I’ve been known to tell folks that “golf saved my life.” It’s true. Coming back to this wonderful game reminded me of childhood joy and helped me make my peace with God. Because of golf I became less of a lost soul. Perhaps it was some combination of quiet walks with my dog and the camaraderie of friends found through the game that lead me to discovering my better self. I believe that people need both passion and purpose in their life — through the years, golf has offered me both. Every time I am on a golf course I come a little closer to the person I hope to be. Golf is an aspirational game. Especially in the sense that it provides a road map to living a more courteous life. When I became consumed by golf I also began to enjoy an improved existence. It may sound audacious, but I know golf can have this affect on others too. Anyone who is willing to give their time and concentration to golf will undoubtedly find some answers to many challenging questions. The game may not have everything you need to make positive changes, but it’s one hell of a good foundation from which to build. Golf gives me time to tinker with my personality and room to grow my good habits. When playing, I always know which direction I need to go. Sometimes that’s all we need to get started on our journey towards who we will become.


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

The Work/Life/Golf Balance

There’s a lot of talk about work/life balance, but for some, a work/life/golf balance is important too. With that in mind, my friends and I get together on Tuesday evenings each week for nine holes of quick-paced competition. When the clock hits 5 pm everyone shuffles their papers, closes their laptops, and turns off the office lights before making a mad dash to the course. With a few bucks in our wallets and hope for birdies in our hearts, we set out to conquer our home course before dinner. Our families are kind enough to grant us this weekly reprieve from the evening chores and for a few hours, the emails can wait. Cold beers are enjoyed and the golf we play makes for a fine mid-week escape. It’s the perfect respite from conference calls and daycare pickup. A couple of hours with our pals helps to power through the week and it’s a great incentive to get things done at home or the office. Over the course of our brief round, there are hoots, hollers, fist pumps, and friendly banter. Sometimes the golf is good and on other occasions, we just shrug our shoulders and keep swinging. The game is on no matter the weather and we are always on a mission to get home before dark. Once we finish, the realities of our world return, and the rest of the week comes rushing back into our thoughts. The golf makes for a fun break though. We may not win any cash, but we always walk away with a big smile. That’s the sort of balance every golfer seeks. A little bit of golf makes everything better.


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