I had my first shot at Golf last Saturday. Until now, I have only been an enthusiast. It’s totally clear why the rich and powerful enjoy the game. Here are 3 quick lessons I picked out from my session:
Time is as crucial as the game itself
We were told to arrive at the take off point before 6 am so the bus can leave for the course at exactly 6am. I left my house at around past 5am to ensure I meet up, but in my mind, I thought this will be one of those events that people intentionally arrive late. I was shocked. Arrived the venue at 6am, and saw that the bus was ready to leave. Fast forward a few minutes, we arrived the golf course. The golfers (mostly CEOs/GMs of the big firms across the country – another reason why playing golf is absolutely worth spending my time on) arrived one after the other and the first the statement I heard them make was “What time are teeing off?”. Virtually all of them arrived few minutes (or hours in some cases) before their teeing time. See the difference between failures and success. The masses at the bottom of the pyramid don’t value time as much as the successful. Hence, the difference.
Sometimes, it’s not all about how far, but how well
Many of us see Golf and think it’s all about how hard you hit the ball or how far the ball travels. Wrong! Rather it’s about the right swings, i.e. how well you hit the ball. There are times you need to hit the ball within the shortest distance possible, and there are times when all you need is to get the ball closer to the pin. Each goal requires different approaches. Same with life, it’s all about knowing what game you’re playing in and making the best moves. So, the popular saying “it’s not about how far but how well” is so so true.
You pay for every mistake
Lloyd Mangrum couldn’t said it all when he said “Golf is the only sport I know of where a player pays for every mistake. A man can muff a serve in tennis, miss a strike in baseball, or throw an incomplete pass in football and still have another chance to square himself. In golf, every swing counts against you.” In life, same happens.
At last, I’ve found a sport that’s worth spending my Saturday or evenings on :-). Wish me well.