In today’s climate of uncertainty, fear and doubt, it’s sometime difficult to just be happy. Being happy is not a feel good theory that only works when things are going well for you or there are no real issues. Learning to be Happy in the middle of a storm requires a great deal of understanding and purpose. Many people on the golf course are only happy when they are playing well, out driving the next person or getting pars. While I always want to do all of those things, there are other factors that I look for when I am playing. The main thing I look at me. What am I going through at the moment? If I am worrying about issues in my life, these issues invariably creep into my game.
The movie Happy Gilmore is deal with being Happy. Here is a guy, who wants to be a professional hockey player, but really is not that good at it, but he keeps trying and trying and eventually he gets pulled into golf. He fights it, but eventually becomes good at golf. He goes through some ups and downs and has to learn how to find his Happy Place.
Where is your Happy Place? Lately I’ve been searching for mine, and for the moment, I found it on the Westchester Driving ranges last night. My game, as I has mentioned in a previous post, has been more than sub-par, even on the driving range. Last night I was actually able to apply Practice transference (read more about this in September’s issue of Golf) and was able to free up my mind and just swing freely without worrying about where the club was, if my body was moving in the right directions, and a myriad of other issues. I left the range happy and felt more connected to my swing that I had in the past two weeks.
Being Happy on and off the course is a focus that I have and I sometimes forget. It is especially difficult for me as I try and chart out a new life course where there is no tee-guide or real direction of where I am going for the moment. I now realize that being Happy is my main focus for the moment.
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