Bringing You Baseball and Golf
Golf is frustrating no matter how good you are, but why is that? Ever wondered what makes people on a golf course mad? It seems pretty silly considering people are just hitting a tiny white ball onto a green and into a hole. Well, people get mad not because of the game itself, but because of their drive to succeed. It comes entirely from ambition, from the urge to get better at golf. I recently watched Rocky (If you haven’t seen it, stop reading this and go watch it. It’s an incredible movie) and Rocky is an underdog fighter that struggles to better himself throughout the movie so he can face the world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed.
He trains for hours upon hours and gets into peak condition to face the champion. The night before the fight, he’s already decided that he’s going to lose, but he’s going to go out and do what he can anyways. Throughout the entire bout, they’re evenly matched. Rocky manages to go all 15 rounds with the champion and as a result, the champion retains the belt through a split decision by the judges. After losing his fight, he doesn’t seem all that upset with himself. This is because he did what he wanted to do by taking the champion to the fifteenth round.
So even though he lost, it was a victory to him. Golf needs to be played with a similar mindset. You should try not to focus on the result of a single day, and rather look at what you got out of that single day. If you played terrible, instead of just getting angry and not thinking about golf for the rest of the day, think instead about what you could have done to play better. Then, the next time you practice or play, make an effort to implement that change. Now, I’m not saying that you should get rid of your ambition, that you should stop caring about what you do during your rounds. Ambition is a great thing, it’s just that focusing on a result and not the process makes the game a lot less enjoyable. Set goals for yourself, but if you don’t reach them, try not to dwell on it.