A Good Vice to Get Hooked On

There’s a lot to love about golf. Of all the vices available to get hooked on, it must be the best. The fact that this game can be played at virtually any age makes it particularly compelling. Every time I tee it up with my grandfather I’m reminded of this. Even at his ripe old age, he still exudes a passion for the game. It’s so clearly a major part of who he is that it is impossible to separate the man from the golfer. His love for golf is ever present and that’s a good thing to be known for. Building a life in golf is a great aspiration and Gramps has shown me the blueprint for how to do it. Because golf can be enjoyed at every stage of life, our relationship with it evolves as we age. That’s why golf can be whatever we need it to be. When Gramps was young golf was a competition, when he was building a family it became a job, after retirement it was a way to be with grand-kids and now as he enjoys his days of leisure golf is a pastime. It’s a game that never stops giving. There’s nothing else quite like it and someday I hope I can look back upon my golf experiences and appreciate just how much I got from them. I see that in Gramps and he inspires me to do the same.


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