“Don’t be in such a hurry. That little white ball isn’t going to run away from you.”
— Patty Berg
Calm, composure, collectedness, and cool are a few of the ingredients of a correct golf shot. Posture, positioning, preparation, and practice are some flavors that help in hitting a perfect one.
Focusing on these elements has improved not only my golf game but my performance in all areas of life. I am an amateur golfer, yet playing golf has matured me a lot in life.
For me, walking for golf is an opportunity to be one with nature. I have learned so much about the world around me, such as the names of so many flowers, plants, birds, and other species. I have discovered my physical capabilities and limitations.
I know my mind doesn’t like to concentrate on one thing. I naturally begin to belong to things that come across my path. My heart owns so many spots at so many courses in so many cities. Here are a few:I love the green at hole number 3 at PAF Skyview Lahore. I crave the fairway at hole number 7 at Lahore Gymkhana. I can sit for hours without a blink at the chairs at the midway hut at the end of hole number 7 of Margalla Greens Islamabad. I love to play at Swansea Country Club in Massachusetts. The grand, distant looks of Manhattan from the veranda of New York Country Club and the long, curvy lakeside fifth fairway of the LPGA International Hills course in Daytona, Florida, leave me stunned every time. Overall, I am in love with golf. The fun and learning goes on.
“If the light is in your heart, you will find your way home.”
Today while I was playing at the third hole, a par three, at Valley Brook Golf Course, I saw a blue jay whistling hard. I know blue jays often warn other birds of a predator, so I thought there must be a hawk nearby. The players I was paired with were no less than a hawk themselves. They were so absorbed in their golf game that they paid no heed to the blue jay’s warnings.
I was trying to look upward to spot an accipiter. All of a sudden one of the golfers jumped, shouting, “Snake, snake!” I stopped right there. I heard a movement in the cluster of fallen autumn leaves but never saw a snake. I was wondering, ‘How could there be a snake in New Jersey in November?’ Yet I was wondering if the blue jay’s warning was for us and not for fellow birds. Later on at home I googled and found out that snakes could come out of their hibernation in above 60° temperatures. Amazing!
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