Golf has advanced incredibly over its existence from the Scottish farmers striking stones with sticks in pastures, into the multibillion dollar industry that it has become today. According to the World Golf Foundation the United States alone had a golf economy in excess of $76 billion in 2010. This speaks volumes not only to the growth of the game, but also to the dynamic presence of golf.

Golf is a thriving economy, which people use to facilitate a multitude of purposes. Doctors prescribe golf for rehabilitation, parents use it for childcare, investors use it for profit and tax benefits, elite players make millions playing it, the government uses it as a tool to create public wellness, corporations use it to schmooze clientele, instructors develop academies and schools around its concepts (both the physical components and business aspects), non-profits use it to impress life skills upon our future generations, while others simply play the game for enjoyment. I’m sure there are many other ways that people use golf to fit into their personal agenda.

However, there is no clear right or wrong way to use the game as long as you maintain its integrity.  My point is that golf is no longer a game that only our grandparents or the retired folk that live in Florida play, but it is a functional tool that can be used to complete an indefinite number of objectives.

If the functional capacity of golf has changed drastically over time, shouldn’t our approach and understanding of the game grow at a similar rate? My answer is a resounding yes, yet I am astonished to find this rarely to be the case! The next question that presents itself is the ever-present – why? The answer is simple; people are both uneducated and highly resistant to change.

In order to grow the game aspect of golf (to which this blog is dedicated), we must be willing to re-examine the “rules of golf” and maintain an ever-growing quest for knowledge. The more knowledge we are able to acquire, the better informed decision we will be able to make, thus, providing the best chance of success. Success, in the end, is truly what we are all seeking. Yet, how we define success, in this case specifically in relation to golf, makes us all unique and our journeys unique.  Just as there is no one right way to swing the golf club, there is not one clear, universal path to success.

I hope the topics covered in the future will be beneficial for all who read it. My goal is to create a platform for thoughtful and thought-provoking discussing regarding the many aspects of golf. If we are willing to listen and learn from one another, without passing judgment, we are taking the first step on our journey towards success. Please come along, let’s work together, and see where this journey leads!

 

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