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Naked Golf in the New Year



Yep - you got it - CS' new offering for 2018: golf in the buff! 

Kidding - yet in this day and age what with the deluge of golf ideas, info and insight from the alleged 'experts' (the younger version of me just above is an expert learner, fo sho) in every nook and cranny of our existence - makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Pleased to share Seth Godin's piece below from a weeks back, then elaborate on how it resonates so loudly with an aspect so central to playing better golf, and how such an abundance golf instruction is currently leaving you standing naked as a jay...

"Experiences and your fear of engagement"


Want to go visit a nudist colony?

I don't know, what's it like?

You know, a lot of people not wearing clothes.

Show me some pictures, then I'll know.

Well, actually, you won't.

You won't know what it's like merely by looking at a picture of a bunch of naked people.

The only way you'll know what it's like is if you get seen by a bunch of naked people. The only way to have the experience is to have the experience.

Not by looking at the experience.

By having it.

But having an experience for the first time is frightening. So we try to avoid the fear by simulating it, putting the experience into a box that makes it like something else we've done, something that's safe. 

Of course, if you put a new experience in the box of an old experience, it's not a new experience, is it? Problem solved.

But you've also just cut yourself off from what that new experience could deliver. A new box. The entire point.


The Experience that is Golf


Show me some pictures, then I'll know.

Well, actually, you won't.

You won't know what it's like merely by looking at a picture of a bunch of naked people.

Just like you won't know how to hit a golf shot (just one - no 'do-overs' in the real deal) when it matters, off a less-than-perfect lie - if all you do is look at optimal positions, sequences, or graphs.  Or understand intellectually and conceptually what needs to do be done to make your ball behave - yet don't have a clue how to do it.  And you won't know how to play the game if all you do is toil on the practice grounds, pretending, simulating, measuring & trying to perfect (way more chaos in this game than perfection, amigos!).



The only way to have the experience is to have the experience.

Not by looking at the experience.

By having it.

I wonder... how you'd play in the crisp, slick and snowy conditions that are an intricate part of the World Ice Golf Championships (or on any real golf course), pictured here, if all you ever did was practice inside - maybe off of an artificial surface even - where you got to hit 5 shots to the same target with the same club every time and get rewarded with points, a trophy, some cash...???  How do those two experiences taste and compare?



But having an experience for the first time is frightening. So we try to avoid the fear by simulating it, putting the experience into a box that makes it like something else we've done, something that's safe. 



Yeah, that's it!  Let's just make is less scary, less real - easier - by putting this wondrous game into a comfy little box.  Sure, keep avoiding all those fears, anxieties and being accountable as a human being and golfer.  Go hide in your "safe cave" behind your job title, reputation, ball speed or smash factor.  But... what's gonna happen when it's time to play for keeps in the games of golf, and life?  You'll be exposed - standing naked - that's what, to the whole wide world.

It's time to take your New Year's Eve/Pretender garb off, people.  You want some ideas on how to become a better player (beware - might be a whole new box...), from someone who's got legit street/fairway cred? Someone who's lived the experience of improving, growing and progressing to the highest level?  Not just pictures, 3D models and what the science claims to be the optimum, but someone who can flat out golf his ball?

Click on the fab photo of Cape Kidnappers above, and read the recent Golf Digest piece with PGA Tour player Zac Blair. 




CS Escape in So Cal



Looking to climb out of your cushy golf box in the new year, and share some sun-drenched moments in a pristine setting with a handful of others?  I've got just the tonic: a getaway to Pauma Valley Country Club, February 22-25, 2018.  Yoga teacher Ali Matt (more on Ali - click on her pic below) will be joining us, offering pre and post round classes.  Click above on the 15th hole at Pauma for specifics on this escape; only a few spots remain.

And, have a partner or spouse that is interested in joining - but not particularly golf-inclined?  We understand - and have some options... send me a note for details.

Christopher@ChristopherSmithGolf.com





 

“We may pull apart the petals of a rose or make chemical analysis of its perfume, but the mystic beauty of its form and odor is still a secret, locked in to where we have no keys.”


 -- Carl Sandburg



 
Best,
 
          ~ CS ~
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