Since I can remember, I’ve always been an all-or-nothing type of guy. For me, there is really no in between. I came to this realization last week during a round of golf at Downing with a good friend of mine, Brian. That day, starting from the first tee, I had been crushing my drives; long and straight nearly every time. I was especially happy with a 250 yard drive straight down the middle of the fairway, on one of the holes. I was crushing it.
However satisfied I was with those drives, it really didn’t matter, because my short game was killing me, especially once on the green. I’ve never been a fantastic putter, but I was all over the place… from one side of the green, to the other, and then back again. Just AWFUL. I was obviously lacking the finesse necessary to avoid offsetting my beautiful long game that day.
I really tried to slow down my tempo and get some control on the ball, but it just wasn’t working for me. Back and forth across the green I went. It was embarrassing; converting par and birdie attempts in to bogie-5′s. Sheesh! I overpowered everything!
That is when I realized that golf game was purely a reflection of myself, and my life. I am either 110% committed to something, or 0%. There is no middle ground. It’s either 1 or 0. It’s all or nothing, and it can fluctuate on a whim. But I have to wonder if there’s a possibility that being so polarized is a bad thing. Perhaps a little finesse in my life is a necessity? I am going to try and acquire some. Not quite sure how… yet, but I do believe some research is in order.