A God-given mulligan

It’s not uncommon for friendly golf games to allow an occasional mulligan. For those unfamiliar with the term, a mulligan is a “do-over”. If a player hits a particularly bad shot, he/she is allowed to try it again, hopefully with a better result.

Sometimes life is like that (a teacher gives you a chance to re-take a test, etc.) but more often it is not. Off the course we mostly have to get it right the first time, and unlike a golf shot, we often don’t get instant feedback with regard to the result. We have to wait for the results, and view them with hindsight to see how we could have done better. By then, it is usually too late to take a mulligan. Continue reading A God-given mulligan

3 Tips to pressure-proof your golf game

I have received several positive comments from well-known golfers and golf instructors about the solid advice contained within Walking with Herb, with regard to the mental aspects of the game.

One of the first lessons Herb conveys to protagonist Joe Goodman is how to deal with pressure. Herb first explains that pressure is really just a self-generated illusion, an unhelpful response to an outside stimulus. In spite of all the TV commentators’ remarks about the pressure applied to golfers by outside circumstances, such as being in contention to win a tournament or make the cut, bad breaks, challenges from other players, etc., no person or circumstance can put pressure on you. All they can do is deliver it to your doorstep. It is entirely up to you to open your door and let it in or keep your door shut. Continue reading 3 Tips to pressure-proof your golf game

Jordan Spieth: faith at the 18th hole

By all accounts, Jordan Spieth is an amazing young man. He has an amazingly mature golf game for a twenty-one year old. Equally, if not even more amazing, is the maturity he demonstrates off the golf course.

It is safe to assume that as a product of Catholic schools growing up, he has a well-grounded spiritual background. His humility and public comments about the importance of family, especially his relationship with his special needs sister, speak volumes about his character. Continue reading Jordan Spieth: faith at the 18th hole

Finding your purpose on the links

I encounter many people who don’t have plans or goals. They watch their lives unfold before them, with no more sense of control than the ball in an old-fashioned pinball game, as it careens from the top to the bottom…maybe my book Walking with Herb can be like the flippers at the bottom, sending them back up the board to find more purpose. Continue reading Finding your purpose on the links