When you play the game of golf you either win, or you die.
Okay, maybe losing a game of golf isn’t as bad as death. Just like in business, every decision and miscalculation has its impact. Anyone who’s had to walk-and-stop-and-hit-and-walk-again repeating that miscalculated shot, can tell you that you feel much more alive when your drives cover a golf cart worthy distance. Learn by your mistakes and make calculated decisions and partnerships. This is what we learned from a single day in the golf course:
There’s nothing like stepping up on to the green; setting up your tee, and then setting up your tee again -because the ball fell and then setting it up for a third (and what you pray will be the final time), to get you psyched up and ready to swing. You then grab your club of choice, assume your stance, skud jou biscuit once or twice and then take a few of the best (practice) swings of your entire life. The moment of truth comes. Your brow sweats. Your grip tightens. All of your focus; all of your energy is transferred in an almost spiritual new symbiotic relationship: man, club and ball. Then you chip the grass, send the ball on a limp trajectory and try to act cool while your teammates silently judge you.
As if that’s not bad enough, when you’re done your team mate (who has a bigger stick than you) steps up, shakes it in a much sexier way and then takes a shot that makes you look bad in front of colleagues, caddies, the people sponsoring the hole, ducks, geese, other types of waterfowl, and the occasional disinterested jogger.
There’s an old saying: practice makes perfect. So, you put your ball in place, take a few steps back and take two solid practice swings. Then, you go up to your ball and take two more mild little practice swings. Now you are ready for your three tiny final ultimate practice swings. Then, and only then, you will be ready to take your shot. Fortunately it was all worth it.
Knowledge is power. How can you take a proper shot without first carefully surveying your environment? The answer is “You can’t.”
You’ve got to tap the ground a few times with your club to judge it’s hardness according to Moh’s hardness scale. Once you’ve determined a value of 0.01 you may proceed to your assessment of the terrain. Remove your sunglasses so that you can properly judge the amount of ambient solar radiation. You also need to slide your golf club along the grass to determine its relative slipperiness. Only once you’ve completed your full analysis will you be ready to take your well-informed swing.
You’re thinking, as you step up to the tee, “These guys all think they’re so fancy… Fancy clubs, fancy techniques… But there’s no need for me to worry. They’ve got nothing on my fancy hat.” Then you take a no nonsense swing, blast the ball out of visibility and reflect on how these other boys need to invest in some proper golfing headgear.
You’ve been waiting here for these slow-strokes all day, or at least since the previous video, and honestly at this point you just want to get this game done so you can go have a well deserved alcoholic beverage reward for your patience. You’ve been doing this since before people who were born before you started playing golf were born, and honestly you don’t have any more time to waste on formalities. Ready, aim fire. You’re done. “How many more bloody holes are there?” You ask.
You see him running and you have him in your sights. Your prey thinks he can escape, but your cunning is far more powerful than his fear. “Run, little man…” You smirk as you prepare for the kill. No time for practice now. You must shoot, and shoot quickly. As he comes running back into your field of vision you admire him: what a great trophy this photographer’s head would make on your mantle. Then you realize; caught up in your day dream you have missed the golden opportunity. You rally yourself, hope quickly failing, but by the time you take the shot you already know in your heart that your prey has escaped you.
“We learn so many things from golf – how to suffer, for instance.” ~ Bruce Lansky
Golf is a lot like life: it can be frustrating, rewarding, embarrassing, enlightening, and sometimes even fun. Having a good sense of humour and great friends to play with is what makes the game worth it. We’d like to say thank you to all the golfers who participated in our reviews. We plan more of these events in the future and we look forward in seeing you there.