No, it ain't. But then again, championship golf ain't supposed to be easy... You want easy? Find some other sport, pastime or endeavor that is less demanding physically, mentally & emotionally.
But ain't that why we love it, lads & lassies?
Of course it is! But don't believe me - take it from Ziggy Stardust himself. Click above on but one of "The Nasty's" treacherous offerings, turn the volume UP, and heed some of David Bowie's words on this mid-July weekday.
Then, c'mon back CS' way for some insight on accepting the difficulties that lay before you in the games of golf, and life.
"Well all the people have got their problems
That ain't nothing new"
You think you're the only one, struggling on the links, and daily sidewalks? Think again - it ain't easy. Showing compassion for those in a state worse than your own is a remarkable elixir. Far superior to some short-lived swing 'tip.' Then show a bit towards yourself after that next less-than-perfect shot. Presto chango. You'll immediately be in a better mindset for lies ahead.
"Get there in the end
Sometimes it'll take you right up and sometimes down again"
Up and down indeed. Like the tides, the moon and the sun. Peaks and valleys. You think your golf swing, game, and/or state of mind will just be consistent throughout your round? Think again - it ain't easy. Embrace the impermanence of it all instead, and prepare yourself (can you say "Train2Trust?") for the inevitability of everything.
Whaaatt? You wanted flat lies, fair conditions and an ongoing even-keeled emotional state? Maybe you do need a different game...
"It ain't easy, it ain't easy
It ain't easy to get to heaven when you're going down"
Down into the Barry Burn for example (pictured above.) Talk to Jean Van de Velde and Padraig Harrington most recently about it - and many, many more in this storied links' past. It ain't easy.
But you know what is easy - on your feet, that is? The right footwear; click above for some options from my peeps at Nike Golf.
You may very well find your heaven (on and off the course) by taking it easy - adding leisure time to your work work work/busy busy busy/earn earn earn existence. You see, it's these prolonged bouts of leisure that move our species - golfers included - in new and pleasantly unexpected directions. It's in the playing of the game where we grown, evolve and invent.
Read more from Nobel Prize winner in literature Bertrand Russell, on the benefits of working less, and wasting time...
Dr. Debbie Crews at Eugene Country Club
Did you know that practicing less is actually key to managing the yips? You do now. It's what Dr. Crews and colleagues have learned from multiple studies on the subject conducted at the Mayo Clinic (yes, that Mayo Clinic). Enough about the 'hearsay' on this golfing affliction; time for the evidence and experienced-based solutions that Dr. Crews can share with you.
And that your emotional state ('who' you are on the golf course) will vary throughout a round of golf - and it's OK - as long as you recognize the change, and go back to 'being the person' you perform best as.
A bit more on Dr. Crews below:
Dr. Crews is an Adjunct Faculty in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, and sport psychology consultant at Arizona State University where she has worked with the Men’s and Women’s golf teams since 1979. She has conducted over 35 years of research on attention in sport, primarily golf (in addition to working with dozens of LPGA/PGA and Champions Tour players), and is the Chair of the World Scientific Congress of Golf.
Dr. Crews was the founding Editor of the International Journal of Golf Science. Her research has been published in scientific journals as well as being featured on Scientific America Frontier and NBC Dateline. She is a Master LPGA instructor, an Ellen Griffith Teaching Award Winner, and serves on the LPGA Education and Research Advisory Board. Dr. Crews was ranked in the Golf Digest Top 50 Women Golf Instructors, and the recipient of the Golf Digest Best Science in Golf Award in 2001. Currently, she is the CEO and Founder of Opti International, a feedback company for performance optimization.
This is a "not to miss" opportunity, fellow golfers (yippers and those that need some guidance with their 'mental game').
Thursday, August 16, 9 AM - 12 noon.
"Mental Training and the Yips" Seminar
Eugene Country Club Clubhouse
Cost: $75 members; $85 non-members; $50 juniors
Thursday, 2 PM - 6 PM and Friday, August 17, 9 AM - 2 PM
Individual one-hour sessions with Dr. Crews
Eugene Country Club Teaching Center
Cost: $125 for members; $140 for non-members; $100 for juniors
RSVP required, space is extremely limited.