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My Golfing Passion...

Winning... It matters to me

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16/8/12 Thursday. No practise is going to happen today, in the words of Noah (before the publisher edit), “It is p!ssing down” With some luck perhaps a bit of putting may happen later in the day if the rain goes to intermittent showers. Not the best situation for my preparation for the championship qualifier on Sunday but not a concern.

Compared to the 2011 season at this stage then I was running on empty as the season drew towards the championships. There were a few injury problems with the golfers elbow. In tandem with having pushed my body to it’s limit it was a limping finish to the season.

This year had much better staging to see the season out. Improved fitness and especially being 7 kg lighter at the minute following the weight reduction program of the past months and of course second season as a non smoker. Golf wise my form is peaking as opposed to waning, at the minute, aside from having broken 80 in recent competition the combined form and equipment improvement are all bonuses. None of this guarantees success in the play-offs but certainly supplies a better foundation to make the attempt from.

I dont care what the opinion of others is regarding the efforts I put into golf. While I have limited time available in recreation it is my choice to utilise it this way. Not surprised to know that there are some who do not think it is fair to be playing against golfers who practise a lot. Yes this is an undercurrent at the club. I do not think that fitter, younger golfers have an advantage over me though, if anything that drives me to be a better player. This effort hurts at times to but there is no other way to get into form.

Defeatism is not a tolerable situation with my mindset and if others have it, terrific! I will take the advantage and love the edge it gives me. In fact surreptitiously encouraging it with opponents is a fair tactic, if only I knew how to do it.
Thankyou for your time and attention, “Hit ‘em straight all”


  1. 's Avatar
    I like the attitude

    I coach at other sports and for the life of me can't understand why people spend time, money, physical effort into something and not try to win

    Golf is expsensive, time counsuming and bloody hard! if you're not trying to win then what are you wasting all of those resources. If I'm going to spend $2000-$3000 a year on fees and balls and spend hours and hours trying to get better than why wouldnt you try hard and do youre best to win?

    love the blog!
  2. Talart's Avatar
    Thanks dave1, I put as much belief into having a good mental attitude to match the playing form. Even yesterday with 3 brain fades that cost me a winning chance doesn't matter now. It was all preparation for today, I will not be as sociable today in the 1st Handicap Qualifying round as I was in the Stroke round yesterday. I found from observing playing partners not for their golf actions but the silent attitude and demeanour observation that gave me useful game skills.
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