Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.-Arnold Palmer
Why do people do yoga? Why do people meditate? Some may say that its relaxing, it’s a fun hobby and that it makes us feel good post-activity. I also think that many people would also agree that at its core, the philosophy is the same, to learn to control and train our minds so we can apply it in the streets and everyday life.
This leads me back to my initial question: Why does golf exist?
What if golf exists for the same reason yoga and meditation do? Given to us as a gift of a training aid for our minds. If we can play good golf, we can damn well do anything we want on this earth, on a much bigger scale. Because the concept is the same. Overall, if we can work to train our mind on the course, we can be truly unstoppable in real life.
Here are just a couple principles I can think of that can be taken from tee to street.
Attachment to Outcome
On the course:
Let’s say our attachment to outcome is making every three foot putt. I hate to break your heart, but we can’t control that. We can spend days bent over 3-foot putts on the practice green and still not be able to guarantee that we make every 3-foot putt from now on. There’s gravity, sudden noises and unexpected spike marks that are out of our control. But, you know what we can control, our pre-shot routine, our consistency and starting the ball on line to increase our chances of making more 3-foot putts.
So the next time, you’re standing over a 3-foot putt on the course, don’t focus on the attachment of making that 3-foot putt. Instead, go through your pre-putt routine, focus on the spot in front of your ball to roll over, think f*** it, and let go go of outcome.
In real life:
Let’s say our attachment to outcome is to be a millionaire by age 30. We can’t control that, we can’t control how the economy is going to be, can’t control if our boss is going to promote us, but we can control our work ethic and drive. Instead of being attached to that millionaire by age 30 outcome, focus on doing what you need to do everyday and let the chips fall where they may.
Be. Do. Have
On course: Let’s say that we really want to have a scratch game, but we don’t want to be a player that does what it takes to have a scratch game. We can have the scratch game, but at what cost?
I can think of plenty of ways to do that:
- Play by yourself and have plenty of mulligans
- Write your score in pencil and erase when no one is looking
- Offer to be the score keeper of your group and lower your score by 4 on each nine
What it costs you:
Low self-esteem when you play with others
Credibility with playing partners
In real life:
Let’s say we want to have a marriage without being someone worthy of sharing your life with another being, who doesn’t want to do everything it takes to have a successful marriage.
The easiest way to do that is:
- Settle in every way; looks, chemistry, ambition
- Be with someone whose not the best version of themselves
What it costs you
These are just a few principles that I can that can be translated from tee to street. Send me an email so I can hear your thoughts and if you have any other principles in mind. Aloha from Hawaii still 😉