“Mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from them, that’s the mark of a great player.”
– Alice Cooper
My last blog was about Spring and looking forward to golfing. Well I started golfing twice a month with my friend after work so I could get better at the game. Well, let’s just say …..that’s not how it’s going. I am not good at the game!! I have tried practicing at the driving range and I try to talk to myself before I hit but it’s not happening!! My friend is doing awesome and hitting every shot!! Would I feel better if she didn’t – truthfully yes!! I find it isn’t as fun as I thought it would be, not because of my friend, because she is lots of fun and we have enjoyed the beauty of the golf course and sharing on the 19th hole. She is very patient and even gave me a couple of her woods for me to practice with (have not had time yet but hope to soon!) She tells me which club to use and gives me some tips when there is water!! I worry I am holding her back since she is pretty good!
I have come to the conclusion I may need to buy some horse blinders so I can only see forward. Not behind me when other golfers are waiting (makes my hands sweat). I really should take a few hours to read the “Golfing for Dummies” book I bought (I skimmed it since I haven’t had much time). I probably should buy more golf balls since I have lost many of those pretty pink ones I bought.
This weekend will be the tell all since I will be golfing with my better half and he is really good! He eats, drinks and sleeps golf! Am I looking forward to it? Not really…… Will I continue to try and embrace the game? Yes I will. This time I am going to try and meditate before I golf to see if it helps to clear my monkey brain that keeps telling me, “you aren’t good at this ….give it up!” Sometimes we need to be out of our comfort zone to learn new things and connect with our friends/partners. Isn’t that what life is about – human connection? Or is it swearing while you look for 15 minutes for a ball that went over the hill into the brush, frustration when you swing and miss the ball, getting so close to the hole in a putt but it circles the edge….. The game of golf is like life- ups and downs and peaks and valleys. Let’s hope this weekend has more ups and peaks and my ball doesn’t fly into the next valley or drop down in the lake…..: ) !