I am not an avid golfer. When I lived in Flower Mound, Texas I found
myself on Bridlewood's green twice and I enjoyed it but didn't stick with it. I
know the basics of the game but I am such a cardio junkie that I didn't see the
value in the game. It is said that once you know the basics of golf, (the game
is 90% mental), then you understand the basics for life.
1. In golf and in life, if you think you can make the shot, you probably
will, but if you think you can't, you won't. To become a better player, you
must learn what you can and can't do.
2. If there are shots that you can't make right now, practice them until you
believe you can do it and do it successfully.
3. Play every shot as if it is your last.
4. Play every shot to the best of your ability.
5. Accept that mistakes are part of the game, but don't dwell on them.
6. Remember that even when it seems you are alone--you aren't playing alone,
so do make a stop on the 19th hole. ;)
7. Don't be so focused on your own game that you don't notice the good shots
of your fellow players.
8. Compliment and encourage others to play the game as it should and could be
9. Try to forget about the things outside of the here and now.
10.Focus on one shot at a time.
11.Don't just play on only one course all your life. Get out of your comfort
zone and go and see the scenery (hopefully not the bush and the sand and the
water) on other courses.
12.Learn from those more skilled than youself and those less skilled than
13.Try to avoid the obstacles that are presented (sand, water, etc.) but once
in a while - sometimes more often than not - we have to face them.
14.How you face obstacles will tell something about your character. You could
cheat, you could go for an impossible shot or you can go for safety. Whichever
way you choose to go--remember that it is only you that will have to live with
In essence, make choices that are worthwhile--whether you are playing the
best or the worst round of your life--do it with courage and truth. Remembering
my buddy today, Pastor Rod Evans--he played the best and worst round of his life
with courage and truth. And he never forgot the other players--so thankful for
his life and legacy. This is Tuesday Talk--all taken from a golfer's play
book...I am listening.
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