Golf Courses, Both Real and Imagined

Golf is everywhere. Whether I’m on a course in person or only in my mind, the game is always there when I need it. I use golf to sort through whatever challenges are present in my life. Sometimes that’s on the course down the street or on fairways far away, but there are also occasions for which all I have is an old club and some shag balls. In that case, I can make a course come to life just about anywhere. With a little imagination and some desire to make swings, I can conjure up some golf whenever I need it. I’ve found holes to play in forgotten fields and on sandy shores. Through the years, these routings have provided me great relief. Even if all I have is a few minutes to mind my thoughts, these invented golf holes help me find my way. When the opportunity to wander around with a wedge presents itself, I’m quick to disappear. Golf was made for those whose thoughts tend to stray. It provides me a way to channel them in productive ways. If you see me somewhere, walking with a club in hand, just know that I’m not lost. I’m just going through the process of finding my next move. The course, both real and imagined, is always calling. Most times, it takes me exactly where I need to go.


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 Endless Search

Every time a golfer swings the club there are infinite results that could occur. Some shots turn out swell while others fall short of expectations. As frustrating as the misses may be it is the variety of golf which keeps the player coming back. In every golfer, there is an unquenchable desire to do better. That’s why we all keep swinging. The only way to find glory in this game is to put in the reps. The more one plays golf, the more rewards it will yield. Of course, as the years and rounds played go by, all those good shots and bad ones tend to blur together. What remains are memories of time well spent in pursuit of a passion. The great swings we make turn out to be just an excuse to keep looking for more. What we really seek is the pleasure of an endless search. All those iterations eventually become a lifetime of joy.


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