Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Golf is like Sex

Some days you can do everything right. You remember every trick and every technique. You know where to put your hands, your head, how to shift your weight. You use your imagination, you visualize yourself doing it, you anticipate completion and follow through. But even with every condition right and every action perfect, you just can’t get there.

And then, another day, with no preparation, no thinking and no trying, it just comes.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Swim, Skate and Play Golf

William James once said that we learn to swim in the winter and skate in the summer. He was describing the learning that goes on unconsciously when we have approached a new idea or begun to learn a new skill. If we allow ourselves to deeply encounter something the work will continue inside of us even when we are not consciously engaged in its pursuit.

This is my hope for golf this winter. The first snow fell today, so golf is officially over . But in my head and my mind’s eye I am still going to learn.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009