April 15, 2019
Wow what a Masters! So many great players vying for the coveted green jacket and lifetime invitation to the greatest golf tournament on the planet.
Tiger, most thought he'd never win again which makes his win, with what he's overcome, even more spectacular. The guy is one steely SOB and a real competitor and whether you love or hate him you have to take your hat off to him for what he’s come back from (physical and mental).
As someone in the golf business I’m thrilled because Tiger really does move the needle. More people will spend time and money playing golf whenever a great like Tiger wins a major.
These days I coach people to find more pleasure in their experience playing golf whether they're winning the Masters or just going out having fun with their friends. It's about being outdoors and the company you're with. Here's a Kris Moe bit of Zen and a "golf hack" (like my chewing gum tip a few years back)......when you are play golf with gratefulness, you'll tap into some really cool stuff in yourself that'll create better feel and with that better golf shots (huh? you might say).
Let me elaborate some on gratefulness. Gratefulness is a loaded word and has a different meaning to all of us and on so many levels. But really golf is a game....to play at...not grind at. You might remind yourself "I'm glad I'm out here, I could be in....fill in the blank". I also try to remember that I’m glad to be outside doing something I enjoy with a body that still is functional. Feeling my body move and propel a ball in the direction of a target (most of the time). I’m also grateful for the opportunity to practice my focus or attention since my ego likes to get too involved, thinking it really knows how to do it right. So part of my practice is keeping my "thinking mind" quieter.
Golf for all of us, including Tiger should be thought of as a “practice”. As in.... it should be a life long learning process...and hopefully there shouldn’t be a groan from you about that type of long term mindset. I’d rather you think of golf like a musician might think about her music. It’s never really mastered, it evolves like along with the musician. The take away is that hopefully you'll see golf in the long view and enjoy your incremental improvement and the process of the process.