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Oct 24

Foreword, Chapter 1 and Interlude

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Foreword: A Game Worth Playing

What kind of golf game is it that you want to play?

"I believe the real purpose of the game is to teach us things that will be valuable for the rest of our lives."

 

Chapter one - The Course Walk

Many of the ideas in this introductory chapter are ones that will be discussed in greater depth throughout the book. The biggest awareness in this chapter for me is the idea of extrospection - where is your attention? Are the things you focus on allowing you to access the present moment or are you in your head? What does it mean to be "awake" on the golf course for you?

 

Are you 1 shot away from going crazy?

 

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Interlude: My Story

How does the story of Fred and Kojo reflect your game?

 

"But he seemed to get the most out of his ability and was really enjoying the game." The author's comment regarding Kojo's attitude on the golf course definitely stuck with me. Often I find myself thinking that I'll enjoy golf more when I'm better at it. I always think forward to some future time when I'll have better abilities - more consistent iron striking, no slicing driver off the tee, making good contact with wedges, etc. I think a lot about how great it'll be when I can navigate a course with a good swing. And I often find myself thinking, what do I think will happen when I have a good, natural swing?

 

The answer is usually that I'll be able to play without embarrassing myself or looking like a hacker.

 

So I often find that when I am on the course, I'm not thinking about the round that I am playing at the moment. Rather, I am thinking about the rounds I might be playing in the future.

 

As I read this book, and over time, my perspective is slowly changing to allow me to better enjoy the round in the moment. For example, I am working on thinking more about course management than on swinging the club. And thinking about, and appreciating, the layout of the course. I recently found a used book on golf course architecture by Tom Doak. And I'm excited to read it and learn about how to see the features of the golf course, so that I can be more present and aware of my surroundings (and appreciate them) when I'm out playing.

 

All of this isn't to say that I'm going to stop trying to get better. I think my favourite thing about golf is practicing - learning all the subtle moves and trying to feel the feels. But there's a time and a place - and I'm really learning that the golf course is not the place to learn how to swing a club. It's the place to play golf.

Amir,

 

First off, thank you for taking some time to invest your energy in improving yourself and to add to this community.

 

Secondly, well said and beautiful views! I love how even from the first day we met that your perspective has shifted to one towards the balance of ENJOYMENT and just like Kojo, his abilities seemed to soar simply by being in the moment. Often people ask me: "what does it mean to be in the moment, how do I access it and what it is?" I ask them to think of a time where they were listening to one of their favorite tunes, where they felt immersed in the vibrancy and they seemed to get lost because all of their focus was simply on the amazement of that song. That's the present moment! Where all of your senses are being stimulated through your own experience, where the past nor the future exists.

 

I can also admit that at times it is harder said than done to stay present. We want to be somewhere, we're not quite where we want to be and a gap exists between what we want and what currently is. One of my friends once told me to "respect the gap!". Allow yourself to recognize that you want to be somewhere but you're not there so what are you going to do to get there? You now have this energy, this momentum, this motivation to close that gab and as you do, you start to see you progression towards a tremendous goal. When you reach that goal, you come to realize that the blood, sweat and tears were all worth it because that moment of reaching your goal brought you tremendous love, joy and appreciate for your own commitment to something that was so dear to your heart. #respectthegap

 

Amir, you're on the right track, keep exploring with your heart! Looking forward to seeing and experiencing where this journey will take you. Looking forward to hearing more about your findings through Extraordinary Golf. Thank you!

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