The answer to this may influence the future of the game.
“Life is uncertain, eat dessert first” was engraved on a piece of driftwood in a breakfast restaurant in California and having read it, while sipping my coffee, I felt it was extremely appropriate to how I felt about the game of golf.
We seem to be spending too much time thinking about the game and not enough time playing it.
In my book “Just Hit It” I try to answer the same the question. If we didn’t enjoy it, the game would have died hundreds of years ago so what has kept this game alive for so long? Defining enjoyment is tough.
Did I enjoy my life-threatening sailing adventure half way around the world in a 25-foot boat with my friend? The answer is philosophically the same.
Enjoyment can be derived from satisfying an urge. In the case of my choice to sail without navigational aids – simply because there were none or we couldn’t afford them – was subconsciously to evaluate myself. Golf is the same, we play golf to satisfy a subconscious urge to evaluate ourselves, even though we may feel it is directly related to being with like-minded people, or being out-doors, or getting some exercise, or competing against others, these are all wonderful by-products but not the essence of what attracts us to the game. It is the subconscious challenging of ourselves.
Yes, we do this daily when throwing a rolled up piece of waste paper into a distant basket, and if successful allow the tingle and hair raising sensation to flow over us with an inward smile. Nobody is there to enjoy it with us but we know it was well done.
We need to understand that for the game to survive and grow we need to focus on a true understanding of why we play and that compromising the fundamental essence of the game, to gain popularity is wrong headed.
Let’s take a deep breath and with a true understanding of what attracts us to this therapeutic activity, conclude that the challenge is what needs our protection and we should consider rejecting all the superficial bells and whistles which are proposed, to appeal to potential participants or those the game has lost.
If we rely on and have confidence in what has kept the game alive for so long, it will survive.
Don’t try to force it, just hit it and let it happen.
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