The game of golf requires skill, focus and a certain “zen of being in the moment.” There are so many parts of the whole that have to come together at the same time to make the “perfect” swing, the “perfect” putt, the “perfect” chip, fall into place “perfectly.” It’s a very hard game to master.
This morning I was on the practice range with a friend who is just learning to swing a golf club. She told me she wasn’t much for competitive sports and wondered if I found the game of golf to be as competitive as she had heard.
Her question started me thinking about the game itself. Of course there are major competitions in golf. We see them on TV all the time. And there are those local competitions among club champions at every public and private golf course across the country. I belong to a local woman’s league that plays competitive games every week.
Still, I don’t think of golf as your usual competitive sport. At least not for me. When I play a round of golf my focus is seldom on beating the other players. I actually pay very little attention to anyone’s score but my own. My competition is with my own game: with how I am playing today compared with how I have played yesterday, or the day before. I am always competing with myself: one hole at a time, one round at a time. I am always trying to best my past record, lower my handicap and increase my ability.
Here’s a question for you: When you play the game of golf, with whom are you really competing?