As you go through your golfing career, it’s a good idea to ask yourself this question every so often: “Why am I doing this? What am I getting out of this?” You should be able to come up with a satisfying answer. But if you can’t, it’s time to reconsider not only what you’re doing, but how you’re doing it.
Hopefully, we started playing golf because it was fun to do. We had fun with friends, we enjoyed being on those special place called golf courses, we got thrilled when we hit a good shot or sank a putt we didn’t expect to. It was fun to be in the special club that calls themselves golfers.
Somewhere along the line, that changes for many of us. Golf becomes a vehicle for another activity. Or we get caught up in getting good and forget about the fun. Or we forget that golf is a difficult game which returns to us only what we put into it, and get frustrated by the state of our skills instead of enjoying them.
Now I can put the two questions above to you, but only you can answer them. I can’t even suggest that your answer should be something like this: “[Insert wise words here].” It’s all up to you. It’s your answer and it’s one that must speak honestly.
It takes courage to ask these questions and give yourself honest answers. Because the answers might be, “I don’t know,” and “Nothing.” If that’s the case, then go find something else that fulfills you. Don’t waste your time on a pursuit that doesn’t reward you.
But if your examination reveals that the reason you thought you were playing golf isn’t, and what you thought you were getting out is golf isn’t, it might be that you’ve drifted away from the original reasons that golf attracted you and made you want it to be a part of your life.
In that case, start over. Find a way to be pleased about something after every round no matter what your score was, and go from there. That’s how you’ll find the rewards, that’s how to ensure golf is a source of joy and happiness.