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

Why Don’t We Do This More?

“What could we be doing that’s better than this?” It’s a good question to ask. When we find ourselves enjoying golf in the late afternoon with friends and family it’s hard not to wonder why we don’t do it more. The peacefulness found in these outings makes it easy to remember the true beauty of golf. We become relaxed in the most wonderful ways and through our wide-open eyes the world seems to glisten. To be in nature and with those whose presence we treasure is always special. It warms the soul and calms the heart. How tragic that we don’t insist on this relief more often. In those moments, the world moves at a trickling pace and for a few hours, we can see just how good life can be. To play golf is to pause conflict. The combination of grassy fields, soaring clouds, flora, and fauna before us seems to erode all worldly tension. We fill that void with smiles, laughter, small talk, and other visible signs of joy. As we play, we can’t help but ponder why we aren’t together like this every day. Our time on earth is minuscule and if the best of it happens on a golf course, why would we not make a habit of it? The only real barrier is how we chose to spend what little time we have.


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

Standing Tall in the Short Grass

The first few hundred yards of a golf walk is always an interesting hike. Depending on the opening tee ball, those steps can either be easy and confident or frantic and shaky. How we start doesn’t always determine how we finish, but it damn sure sets the tone. The path up the fairway is highly desirable while the hazard laden routes are riddled with demons. A good start can yield early confidence. Especially while opponents are wandering through the woods. Don’t let your guard down though, the next shot still requires a good swing. There’s no better place to make it from though. It feels good to walk tall on the short grass.


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