We all know playing multiple sports can help us develop in our primary sports. Lots of lacrosse athletes play football, soccer and basketball. Some even run track to keep in shape before season and work on a little speed. One sport you may not have considered through, is Golf. I must admit… I’ve never been much of a golf fan myself. In fact, I barely understood the sport and why someone would want to waste hours trying to get a ball into a hole for over four hours.
Then I became a golf coach. Yes… a golf coach.
With no prior experience in the sport, I worried about my ability to properly coach the girls on my team. Sure, I understood the basics of golf, but I was sure there must be intricacies, just like in lacrosse, that required more of an expert knowledge so to speak. But nonetheless, the head coach and administration were behind me. They said having a competitive mindset, a championship mentality, was all that I needed. The rest would come.
I’m beginning to understand what they meant. Upon my arrival to the team, the Head Coach offered me the book, “Extraordinary Golf: The Art of the Possible.” Now, even if you have ZERO background in golf, much like myself, I would recommend that your read this book. It’s not just about golf, it’s about the outlook while you’re playing golf. It’s true, the time you spend actually playing golf, is far less than the time you spend on the course, walking between shots and holes, talking to teammates and friends. What Fred Shoemaker (the author) dives into throughout this book is the mentality you should take with you on the golf course- Being Free.
Being free on every shot you take, thinking about the great possibility of what a great shot it could be, about what a great day of golf it could be. Throwing away the minute mechanics and letting your body do what is natural. Now, there are tons of examples which I won’t divulge into, but the main thing I took away from this book is that golf, is similar to being a lacrosse goalie.
Say you mess up on your first hole, you bogey it. You have the choice to think about what an awful day it is going to be. Similarly, you can let the first goal go in and think about what a bad day you’re going to have, all of the goals you’re going to let in. You are in essence, letting your past dictate your future.
The thing that is brought to light in this book is that your future is not dictated by your past. In fact, you have the choice to think about the endless possibilities. Imagine you hit that first hole poorly, but you knew you were about to have the best round of golf you would ever have in your life. Would you still have the same negative outlook that you did when you finished that first hole? Or would you be excited to get to the next one to see what it brought, and see how you were going to play the best game of your life? The same thing in the lacrosse game. If you knew you were going to finish only allowing one goal and finish with multiple saves, would you let yourself get down so hard after that first goal?
The answer, no. Of course not. So why do we let ourselves? It’s a preconceived notion that how we start must be how we finish, but we know that is not the case. We all have the choice, the opportunity, to create our own future. So, the next time you’re out there, take each shot, on the field or on the course, on its own terms. Don’t let past results dictate your future. Let the power in your mind to create the results you want.
For more, make sure you check out “Extraordinary Golf: The Art of the Possible,” by Fred Shoemaker. Like I said, even if you don’t play golf, you’ll be wanting to read this one over and over again!
Happy laxing (or golfing!)