I have began in earnest to get my golf swing back… and for very selfish reasons I might add. We are not talking PGA Tour status here, just a single digit handicap I can maintain by practicing a couple times a week and playing a few times a month. I plan on updating the progress of my journey on this blog every once in a while and this time around I plan on doing it with a lot more class.
My Grandma of all people got me started when I was about ten. She would take me to the driving range to hit golf balls as hard as I could, but it wasn’t until I was about 14 that I started playing competitively… that’s when Gramps took over.
Gramps is a self proclaimed “horrible golfer” and his only advice to me was to watch him and do the exact opposite. I immediately loved it and played as much as I could… no lessons… no wondering where my swing plane is… just played because I enjoyed the game and loved spending time with Gramps. He would even serve as my caddie during some junior tournaments.
Years of playing competitively and practice sharpened my skill into a scratch handicap shortly after my senior year in high school and I drew interest from some college golf coaches. While my skill had improved my love for the game and mental disposition while playing were in serious trouble. I had become one of those guys muttering after every bad shot, breaking clubs, acting like a lunatic when tournaments weren’t going well. My personality while in a social setting was pretty laid back, sucked on the golf course and people around me knew it.
Nobody wanted to play with me and even worse I didn’t want to play period. As much as I loved the game it became so frustrating that I needed a break. During this break from golf I would still play once in awhile and even then my attitude was horrible.
Well the break is over and it took the waning health of my Grandfather to finally put things in perspective. I still have the love of the game but I realize it doesn’t have to be life or death anymore. Just play!
I adjust my attitude quite well when it comes to reacting to things at work, good and bad. In fact we at Catch Your Limit choose our attitude before we even get to work… but up till now I didn’t realize this was applicable outside of work as well, mainly because I didn’t need to. Hopefully I can carry these ideals over to my golf game.
I have given myself a little more than a year to get my game back in order. By July 1st next year if I follow my plan I should be where I need to be. If not… I’ll know that I gave it my all and that should be good enough.
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Kyle is a former ><((“> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a management and marketing firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit www.catchyourlimit.com.