"Act Without Expectation"
A Golfer's Mantra
In golf we are always looking for that tip or swing thought to finding our own holy grail. After 30 years of playing the game at the highest level, I have realized that the only real key is total acceptance of the outcome of the shot before we hit it. If we can develop that mindset we have the best chance to make our best swing at that given moment.
Golf is about staying in the here and now. We hear TOUR Players saying that all of the time. I was able to “stay in the moment or “I was really in the present today.” One way we accomplish that is by fully accepting the result of the shot at hand. We get so engrossed in the shot picturing our desired outcome but with the faith that we will be OK with the end result. What is the worst that can happen? We hit a bad shot. Do any of you feel that if you continue to play the game you will not hit bad shots? Accept your golf shots all of them with the same commitment. I challenge you the next time you are out to incorporate into your pre-shot routine that full acceptance of the shot, truly not caring about the outcome and see how much freer your swing becomes.
The best players in the world let it go! They swing with abandonment. If we can accept the result before we hit it we will start hitting more shots with freedom and abandonment. In the process we will have a lot more fun on the golf course.
Until next week, enjoy the walk!
Professional Golfer, Golf Coach, Director of Golf for SFA, #UF, #Gator Grad, sports fan, musician, student of life & all things social. Married to an amazing woman with two incredible children.