Life and Golf

A golf ball.

I have been recently struck by the golfing bug and I have it bad.  Thinking about, playing it, practicing it and watching it consumes the majority of my day.  It is the never ending quest to practice, get better, figure things out and try to master this silly game.  But golf, just like like life, can not be mastered, only played.  There is no victory in life just like there is no victory in golf.  The greatest line I have heard was “Golf is game that can never be won, only played.”  I try to remember that every time I am out there hitting that little white ball around.  The parallel between golf and life is absolutely incredible and has taught me many great things.  Golf like life, is a battle each and everyday you are out there.  You will have your great shots and you will have your bad ones, you will hard shots and easy ones. Regardless of the outcome, you still have to take it one shot at a time.  Golf like life, you will never have the same shot twice, some days you might get a little wet and some days you might be on the beach but you still move on, hoping you learn from your mistakes.  We try to master the game of golf and just when we think we have it figured out, a new day comes along and gives a totally different outcome then we had hoped for.  We are humbled by the game because it is the unruly chase of perfection which like life, will never be obtainable.  We do not give up or give in, we put our head down, walk to our ball and hope for a successful shot.  Golf requires a great deal of focus for every shot, a tremendous amount of patience and a sense of humor.  You can not stew over a bad shot for too long because that will severely effect the outcome of your next shot and possibly your round.  You are best to forget about what just happened and move on.

One of the beautiful parts about the game is that it gets you outside breathing fresh air, walking on nature, surround by nature, feeling the breeze and the sun on your back.  It reconnects us with the outside world we seldom get enough of.  The elements of golf are forever changing, such as the grass growing, the wind blowing, the temperature differences all which have a dramatic effect on how the course will play and your next shot will be.  Whatever the case may be, we will always do our best, keep moving forward, shot by shot, day by day, having fun and enjoying this wonderful game of life.

Here is a list of some great quotes I have found about the game of golf relating to life and I hope you golfers enjoy them as much as I do.

Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.
– Bobby Jones

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.
– Arnold Palmer

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.
– Ben Hogan

I never played a round when I didn’t learn something new about the game.
– Ben Hogan

Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots.
– Dr Bob Rotella

One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot – the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something.
– Peter Jacobsen

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.
– Lloyd Mangrum

Forget the last shot. It takes so long to accept that you can’t always replicate your swing. The only thing you can control is your attitude toward the next shot.
– Mark McCumber

Out here, it’s just you and the ball.
– Mike Weir


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