Fill in the blank: "If you didn't think Patrick Reed was a ______ before, you do now."
C'mon now - where's the artist in you? The righteous name-slinger (what do you call yourself on and off the golf course, anyway?)? Do you have the class, courage and maturity to say and bring things that you may question, or concern you, to someone's attention? Or, do you just conveniently throw them under the bus whilst hiding in your dark little corner? Whisper sweet non-niceties whenever it serves you? Stab 'em in the back when they're not in your presence?
I understand. Join the P. Reed club - it's already overflowing with members...
From an anonymous USA Ryder Cup Team Member, per an ESPN report:
- "Reed essentially threw captain Jim Furyk under the bus by telling The New York Times on Sunday that he was 'blindsided' by not playing with Jordan Spieth after the pair's past success in international competitions."
- "He is so full of s---." Blindsided, my ass. He begged to play with Tiger [Woods].''
- "He would have shot 83 on his own ball Saturday. He totally screwed Tiger. He has no clue how to play team golf. I saw firsthand how bad of a team player he was. Eleven players understood the concept of team golf and only one didn't. Unfortunately, that one proved to be too costly for the team to overcome."
There exists another path
- Forthrightness. No, it's not 'confrontational;' it's honest, honorable, heroic.
- Choose compassion over condemnation. For Captain America, all his troops - and most importantly - you. Like when you've done your very best, on and off the links, and things don't turn out quite right.
- Speak out of sincere concern for others. Consider the sublime act of putting another before you.
Alas, we all have a lot of evolving to do, n'est-ce pas? Guessing your fall/winter wardrobe needs to 'evolve' as well. Click on Monsieur Reed up top for some ideas from my brothers and sisters at Nike Golf. And no - you don't have to be some slim & fit Paris-based fashion model to sport these looks...
5 out of 5
Humility & humor: boy - don't those two qualities go a long way... On our life's path, and between tee and green. Give 'em a taste next time your golf ball doesn't travel as you'd planned. Might surprise you how your mindset, and hence that next swing, will be altered for the better.
ALSO: did you make a plan pre-swing/shot - or were you just hoping the ball was going to cooperate? YOU are in charge, fellow golfers, not the ball. Essential to 'put out there' what you want, where you want your ball to go, and how you want it to arrive at its destination. Same in the game of life. Intention, planet earth bedfellows. Otherwise, you are just hitting/living and hoping.
Click above for the hilarious snippet from two of Europe's brightest stars.
Fill in the blank: "Hold on loosely, but _ _ _ '_ let go"
Bin-go! Now then... did you really think that you had control over everything whilst cruising those paths? That all was going to transpire in a smooth, hunky-dory way, void of hazards, miscues and poor decisions? That you could carefully calculate and oh-so consciously arrive at the pot-o-gold - or Ryder Cup Trophy - awaiting you at the destination? Sans interference, distraction or setbacks?
Oops, quadruple bogey out the gate... You see, these golf and life games, and their respective passages, are adventures waiting to happen. Are you ready for the challenge? The chaos? The uncharted territories? Or are you cluelessly stuck in an über-controlling mode? Microscopically measuring the length and speed of every back and through swing (as if your mind/body system wasn't brilliantly & effectively calibrating everything, at every moment, all of the time...)? Micro-managing your club and body's (and co-workers?)movements at every moment? Wasting your precious energy on things that are quite simply out of your control?
Kickoff your Saturday with an 'educational' blast (volume UP, s'il vous plaît) from our boys at .38 Special, by clicking just above on that pristine path. Then, take the following to heart next time you put the peg in the ground on that 1st tee box:
"Just hold on loosely
Need some help on giving up control of your golf swing, so as to gain control of your golf ball? To be a bit less clingy so things can flow? I can help.
But don't let go
If you cling to tightly
You're gonna lose control"
And Garrett Chaussard can help with your nugget's behavior on the green... One of golf's finest young minds coming for a visit to Eugene Country Club - don't whiff on this opp:
The lowdown, below. More on Garrett by clicking on his image.
“Putting Truths & Myths”
Seminar with guest instructor Garrett Chaussard, PGA + private instruction
Saturday, October 20
Seminar: 9 AM – 12 noon in the ECC Clubhouse
Cost: $75 per person
Individual sessions: 2 PM – 6 PM
Cost: $125 per person
SPACE IS LIMITED!!
To reserve a spot in either the seminar, or to schedule a one-on-one putting session with Garrett,
please contact me:
"When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness,"
-- Joseph Campbell
~ CS ~