There’s an old song by Peter Tosh that says, “everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die”. The exact meaning is up for interpretation but it can most definitely apply to golf and long drive. Everybody wants to be a winner and to be great at what they do but very few are willing to put in the time and effort to achieve greatness. Golf and long drive, unlike any other sports are a continual battle of small improvements followed by setbacks. Just when you think you’ve got it and have conquered portions of the swing or score, out of nowhere, swings or rounds of disaster can blow your mind and crush your ego. This explains why some find it irresistible to cheat or lie to prove their worth and improvement. There are some that want you to believe that they’ve never struggled and were always natural. I spoke to a guy once who swore that the first time he picked up a set of clubs he was able to break 90 and he also said he couldn’t relate to someone standing on a tee box and not knowing where the ball was going. As it turns out, this guy was full of crap and his best rounds were always without a witness or as a result of him magically finding several tee shots (in play) that went out of bounds by a ton. If we are all honest, we would admit how we all can suck at times but we all continue to struggle forward in an attempt to find solid ground.
Something that seems to be missing in many younger players is the concept of paying your dues. My father always taught me that you can’t expect to be good at anything the very first time you try it. I have coached sports for many years and it never ceases to amaze me how many kids want to give up and quit at the first sign of failure. I also hired an apprentice one time in my business who decided that it would be easier to steal all of my clients rather than put in the time and effort to build his own business. In long drive and golf, the success is found in the dirt. Until you’ve hit when it was cold or wet or windy or dark, you haven’t even begun to pay your dues. The cost can be great, not only in terms of traveling and competing in events to prove your skill level but it can also be expensive in terms of the hurt feeling at home when you hit instead of watching television with your family. If you happen to have a family or spouse who supports you and encourages you to practice to improve, count yourself as blessed and in unique company.
It’s not possible for everyone to be a golfing or long drive champion and only the most dedicated will survive. It helps to have God given abilities but even the most gifted have to apply themselves to be the best that they can and as Gary Player says, “the more I practice, the luckier I seem to be”. The race doesn’t always go to the fastest or the strongest but the most determined will often find themselves standing on the winners podium. Success isn’t a destination but a journey and the dues only stop being owed when a person quits or retires. Keep working, keep walking and give your dreams all of the effort and energy that you have to offer.
Moby- Shark Attack Golf