I was once asked by a non golfer what the number one reason that they should take up learning the sport of golf is in my opinion. To there surprise my answer had nothing to do with the physical or competitive aspects of the game. Instead it has something to do with something much greater.
In my opinion the number one reason that someone should take up learning the sport of golf is because of the life lessons that the game will teach you. In this post I will share with you some of the life lessons that the game of golf has taught me.
The first life lesson that golf has taught me is Perseverance. I feel like this is something that anyone who plays golf on a regular basis has had to endure at somepoint. If you play tournament golf you will definitely have to endure perseverance much more often.
The fact of the matter is that if you play golf you’re going to at some point have a bad hole or two. There’s no denying it. But it’s how you recover from those bad holes. That’s where the perseverance comes in. For more on this you can check out my post discussing the importance of the mental game in golf.
Click on the link here. The Most Important Part of any Golf Game: The Mental Game
The second life lesson that golf has taught me is Integrity. In golf a persons integrity can be tested in a lot of different ways. Being able to do the right thing when the pressure to succeed is high can be very difficult at times.
One particular instance for me when my integrity was put to the test was in the spring of my freshman year of college.
I was playing in a tournament and had been playing well and I knew I had a chance to be in contention for a top 10 finish. I had hit my second shot on a par four in the bunker and went to hit it out. But when I hit it I accidentally double hit the ball. However none of my playing partners had noticed.
Instead of doing what some people would have done and just ignored it I decided to do the right thing and tell my playing partners what had happened and asses myself the penalty. Although I was obviously not happy about having to take a penalty I was proud of myself for doing the right thing.
The final life lesson that golf has taught me that I will share with you today is the Drive and Commitment that is needed to be successful. Golf is a very difficult sport to learn today. It has taken me countless hours of practice to get to where I’m at today. I know that having been able to develop this work ethic will help me in the future.
I hope that you guys enjoy my post. Be sure to check back here Wednesday for my post that will be previewing the upcoming US Open.