One of my favorite golf books of all time is Golf In The Kingdom by Michael Murphy. It is one of those books that is kind of deep, but it hits to the heart of what this game really is to so many of us. It even stimulated the creation of an organization driven by one of the main characters in the book, The Shivas Irons Society.
It has been quite some time since I read it last, and maybe it is time to revisit this classic. One passage that has always stood out in my mind is where Shivas, the wise sage in the book, explains that "it takes perfect balance to play your best golf." He goes on to explain that this only slightly refers to your physical balance during your swing, but more importantly, to the balance in your life. And nothing can be more true.
I have learned over the years that my temperament and demeanor on the golf course is directly related to how things are going in my life. If I find myself short-tempered, impatient, and distracted on the course, it really isn't the bad shots or bad swings that cause that. They are just the indicators that something else is out of balance — work, relationship, or other issues.
But lately, I have also learned that it reflects my energy level. My ability to focus on the game, not get distracted and give it all I have requires a measure of energy that, right now, I just do not have to spare. Building SCOR Golf has been a labor of love, and we have made great impact on so many golfers and the industry... well, let me just say it is almost a dream come true.
And over the past few months, we have been working on what could be one of the biggest stories in the golf industry. You will see this news covered in nearly every golf outlet next week — I am sorry I cannot tell you more today.
So, in the middle of all this, I find myself at the renowned Pinehurst Resort this weekend, on a long-ago-planned trip with my cousin and two friends, trying to enjoy this fabulous golf mecca. We played famed #2 yesterday, where the U.S. Open will be held in just six weeks. But I found myself distracted and short with my own golf failings. Isn't that stupid? I'm here playing a U.S. Open course and cannot get focused. What's that about?
It is about "perfect balance" and my near-fanatical devotion to this business has taken its toll. But today is a new day, and we are on another of the fabled Pinehurst courses. So I will try to channel Shivas's advice and attain that goal of perfect balance.
So, thanks for enduring my ramblings today, but I hope my story will help you with insight into your own golf. If you have issues on the course with your temperament, focus or demeanor, take stock of the other aspects of your life. It is said that golf is a great barometer of how you are doing, and Shivas had it pegged.
It takes perfect balance. And we all should work hard to achieve that.
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