Correcting Instead of Accepting

Correcting Instead of Accepting

Last weekend I managed to squeeze in a round of golf and ended up playing at the course I had worked at throughout high school.

Usually when I play there I like to play alone later in the day as I can focus on every shot, especially the bad ones and from there take my time to correct them. Unfortunately, I went at a busy time and was paired up with another individual who I had never met.

The round was fine and all, except there was one thing that kept bothering me throughout the round, and that is my playing partner was unable to put his phone down. Now, usually it doesn’t bother me if your on the phone during the round, that’s your choice (just don’t be shocked when I beat you), however this time in particular I was constantly thinking about it.

The reason being is he kept slicing his wedge shots whenever he was 70-100 yards out and on multiple occasions after the shot would express how he couldn’t seem to figure out why this had been happening to him throughout this past year.

Instead of figuring out how to correct it, he would immediately go back onto his phone.

And no, it was not to search up “how to stop slicing my wedges” or anything like that, but instead he would go back on twitter. By the way….don’t get the impression that I always look at people’s phones, but there’s only so much you can do when your waiting on the tee box and it’s a busy day at the course.

This had me thinking, the amount of time he spent on his phone he could be focusing on correcting his slices, and the same approach can be used for anything else.

Look at all the people who say they “never” have time to do anything like going to the gym, writing, studying, but are also the ones who will spend hours upon hours on Netflix, or stand half an hour in line at Starbucks….really?

That’s why I was constantly thinking about this guys approach to this situation, I wanted to tell him to just put the phone down and take another shot, but I also know that he needs to figure it out himself or else he never will. What happens if I wasn’t paired up with him? Like I said, he needs to learn on his own.

I guess some people just accept not having enough time to do anything, or they accept the life they are living. Instead of accepting we need to correct things in our lives if we are looking to better ourselves.

Maybe you would like to save for a golf trip, possibly cut down on going to Starbucks daily then? Don’t just accept the fact you can’t save up for one.

Maybe you would like to get in shape, possibly use the time you would spend on Netflix to instead go workout? Don’t just accept not going and delaying it another day.

In this person’s case, instead of being on twitter during the entire round, figure out what your doing wrong, maybe go ahead and take another shot from the same spot or….how about ask me?

Its these little habits that can transition from the course to your life and vice versa, the hard part is taking a step back and realizing what needs to be done to correct certain aspects instead of just accepting things for the way they are.

Hope everyone enjoyed this part to my Lessons From The Links series! Have you ever had a playing partner that would never take the time to correct their mistakes? Lets discuss in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “Correcting Instead of Accepting

  1. Hi Sebastien,

    Sounds like your playing partner had a major FOMO outbreak. On the other hand, I like to turn my phone off and throw it in the bag when I’m on the course. Kind of a reverse FOMO or JOMO (Joy). The course is my sanctuary and ever since I’ve been carrying a cell phone, have never had a case where something was so important that I needed to be interrupted during my round. Hoping it stays that way because when I’m out there, I am out of pocket!

    Thanks,

    Brian

    1. Hi Brian,

      I am the same way, I never like to have my phone out….too many distractions. Once I get to the first tee I block everything out for the next four hours, this has helped me a lot over the last few years.

      Sebastien

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