By Erik Schleicher
Someone once said, “Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle.” Golf, to me, is a game that can never be perfected. Just when you think you have everything figured out, something always falls apart. You often have to problem solve and find solutions during the round to put yourself in the best position to score well.
Golf is just like mental warfare — there is always a constant battle between you and your mind, and it can be very frustrating. I played golf at SUNY Oswego where I spent four years on the team and was captain during my senior year. During that year, our team was very close and we really worked hard to be the best that we could be. We would often be there before practice to get some early work in and most of us would stay after to work on things we weren’t happy with during the round. We were always trying to be as consistent as we could be with our golf game. Every day we had to find new solutions to make ourselves better for the next day.
I remember sitting on the range one day while it was raining after my friend and I had gotten done with our golf round. We had a big event the next day and wanted to be prepared for it. We talked about our mindset going into the tournament and tried to come up with ideas on how we would go about it. We both had been to this tournament before so we both exchanged our own plans and tried to come up with solutions in order to do our best going into the weekend.
The thing I love about golf is that it brings so many people from all different backgrounds and skill levels together. People have so many different ways to play a course and execute situations that it’s fun to know how other players are thinking. There are multiple ways to play a hole in golf, and that’s what makes the game fun. It’s never the same! Your putting and chipping could be on one day and totally gone the next. You have to find solutions on how to make the best of the round and mitigate your mistakes.
Golf is, and will forever be, an imperfect game. You just have to make yourself as close as possible to perfect.
Reminds you in many ways of the workplace, doesn’t it?