Here’s the post everyone’s been waiting for! You know, the one that makes me sound like a retired, middle-aged man. Moving right along, I really enjoy playing golf. Swinging at things, in a non-violent way, of course, is one of my favorite ways to blow off steam and clear my mind. I went to the driving range today and it made me think how many of the simple golf tips can relate to life. Here are some of the ones I thought of:
When at the driving range, pick a station right behind someone who is really good. Don’t stare at the other golfer (it’s weird), but occasionally glance at their station. How does their form differ from yours, and how can you make yours better? How’s their stance? Wider or narrower than yours? It’s always good to learn the qualities you admire in others so you can continually improve your own game.
Adjust until you find what works for you. If at first, you don’t succeed… you know the rest. Is the ball slicing right? Are you missing the ball completely? Then make adjustments until you find what works. I underestimated how much new grips on my clubs would affect my swing. I played terribly for the first twenty minutes I was there. It was miserable. Though, once I figured out the best hand placement on the new grips, I went from driving the ball only 50 feet to smacking it 150 feet — and mostly straight! Figure out your style and run with it.
Most importantly, don’t overthink it. There are so many things a golfer has to remember in regards to proper form, stance, and swing. And the fun part of hitting the ball is seeing how far it will go. It’s totally possible to try too hard. When I am not playing as well as I would like, I try to relax and just focus on the basics. As long as you’re lined up properly, allow the heaviness of the club to do most of the work instead of swinging with all of your might. Reestablish the basics to get back on track so you’re not putting all of your efforts into something that’s not going in the direction you want.
Are there some life tips you’re picked up from your hobbies? Please share!