Never accept a slice

Good morning.

I play golf every now and then. 

When I was at uni, I played a lot more, and got to the point where I was OK.

Not good, but not terrible. I thought I was good enough to buy a $350 driver that looks cool.

It’s debatable whether I was good enough, but the coolness is indisputable.

Most hack golfers tend to have a slice or a hook when they hit their driver. But since they are inconsistent, not every shot has this characteristic.

What I find interesting is when I play golf with people who set up for their poor shot, ie. allowing for the slice or hook.

I’ll always ask them during the round, with deliberate ambiguity, why they do this?

Most people who do this say they want to play well today. They want to work on their swing and eradicate the slice, but now is not the time to do it.

But they never work on the swing, and they find themselves doing the same thing in a few months time.

I am the opposite. I set up for the perfect shot, and then I will deal with the frequent deviation from the desired ball flight.

I could think of nothing worse than hitting the ball flush, then watching it go 50m off target. 

Likewise, hitting a hook that goes middle fairway is about as satisfying as throwing it there ( apparently).

I think too many people take the same mindset into managing their composition - they are more comfortable repeating the same routines and getting comfortable with a poor result, with the promise of working on it 'soon'.

Now, this is not a perfect analogy. Ideally, I would get better at my own golf swing to eradicate the poor shot... but that's not the point.

Besides, any opportunity to discuss your golf game should be taken, plus I might be able to claim my next round as tax-deductible for research purposes, if I refer back to this email.

I'll let you know how I go, on the course and with the ATO.

Tom Fitzgerald