Addressing the Ball

In Ireland last year I had the privilege and pleasure of playing at Bantry Bay Golf Course in County Cork in the company of an accomplished golfer.  I am eternally grateful that he was also a respectful and patient instructor.

I learned about belt buckles, V formations and coiling the spring – all of which markedly improved my nascent golf game.  I also learned that the “Hail Mary” – though a particular favorite of mine when learning new sports – is not a strategy that transfers appropriately to golf.  And neither should it apply so often to management.

We find ourselves too busy or too overwhelmed or too burnt out or too harangued to take the time necessary to quiet the course, site the goal, survey the conditions, and align our efforts before charging forward and making the play.

You may still end up throwing a Hail Mary.   But it will look and land better for having taken the time to respectfully and patiently address the ball.

2 thoughts on “Addressing the Ball

  1. Julie,

    I’m fascinated by your association of golf with centering, and techniques for centering. It’s easy to see how and why we become flustered, in business as in golf, so that learning to conquer those golf moments almost certainly has application in business.

    For what it’s worth, I’d like to call your attention to one of my favorite films, The Legend of Bagger Vance, starring Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron. In case you haven’t seen it, it’s easily rented. It’s the story of a mythical golf match between Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen (both of whom were real golf legends) and “Ranalf Junuh” (Damon) the pride of Savannah, GA. Junuh has “lost his swing” via PTSD in the trenches in WW-I. Vance, the caddy from heaven, helps him find it again, by helping him find “the field”, i.e., the state of flow we all seek (once we get our heads screwed on straight) and if we’re lucky, to remain in.

    Someone suggested to me that the film is actually a retelling of (part of) the Baghavad Gita, the central Hindu scripture. Note the similarity to the name Bagger Vance. But that’s a topic for a whole nother conversation.

    Hope you’re well, and that Uncommon Consulting is weathering these hard times with flying colors. Why do I just intuitively assume that it is?

    Also hope your family is well.

    Len Lipner

    • Len! So great to hear from you. I haven’t seen the film but will put it on my Netflix list. I’m working with a new framework (Motivation Factor) that is designed to help folks build the skills necessary to achieve and maintain flow state (Csikszentmihaly) – let’s schedule that conversation.

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