At a recent training event, I was given a handout titled, “How to Feel Miserable as an Artist.” It was such good advice that it made me think about how I could bring that same instruction to my golf game. I’ll share it with you here.
How to Feel Miserable as a Golfer
- Constantly compare yourself to other golfers.
- Base the enjoyment of your entire game on one bunker.
- Never try to improve your current level of play with advice from trained golf professionals.
- Challenge yourself to out-drive and out-putt your playing companions.
- Talk to yourself sternly and without mercy if unable to complete #4.
- Heed all unsolicited advice from fellow players (including random males on the driving range).
- Avoid courses that are out of your comfort zone – unfamiliar or intimidating.
- Cling to handicap as the most important indicator of success.
- Insist that you need the newest clubs or the shiniest technology, and then blame your equipment – new or old – for bad shots.
- Allow your score – not warm weather, delightful golfing companions, breathtaking scenery – to dictate your attitude.
I’m sure there are many, many more ways we make ourselves miserable on the course. Any wisdom you’d like to add? Leave a comment.
(Thank you, Keri Smith, for the original artist’s list. )