“The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish good results while the strongest, by dispersing his effort over many chores, may fail to accomplish anything. Drops of water, by continually falling, hone their passage through the hardest of rocks but the hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar and leaves no trace behind.” – Augustine “Og” Mandino II
By Ian Hardie
A little under 4 years ago I put the very first article up on Golf Habits, which was called Personal performance.
It briefly covered the torturous three year period that I had just been through while returning to the game of golf after a fairly sizeable break.
I finished that first article with the bold statement:
“Today the search begins for – simply better golf!”
A year later I added the article What advice have I given myself? in which I likened myself to the “mechanic who never fixes his own car or the builder who never quite does their own renovations at home.”
As at that point in time, I hadn’t been playing golf or practicing at all – which I’m sure a few of you found a bit odd for a Professional Golf Teacher that writes a golf website – especially, as I have told a lot of people over the past few years that my aim is to play some Senior tour golf when I finally become eligible to play.
Up until now, I have been able to use the fact that there was still a few years to go and that I didn’t want to ‘burn out’ by starting my run too early – as a way of explaining why I hadn’t been playing the game.
Combine that with the fact that I spend a large part of almost every day either teaching, thinking or writing about the game of golf – which has kept the game in the forefront of my mind and the end result is that the physical act of playing the game wasn’t really necessary.
In fact, I’d have to say that the break I’ve had from actually playing golf has been exactly what I needed, as it’s given me time to gather my thoughts about my own golf and what I need to do to become ‘competitive’ again. Continue reading The ’67 golfer – restoration project