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Golf, talent not required…

Posted by Sal Taharim on November 11, 2008


…it’s all about a lot of practice and a whole lot of luck!

Lucky golf ball.

Lucky golf ball.

Green fee…RM$120,

Cart rental…RM$60,

Golf clubs rental…RM$40,

Birdied twice at the Perak Royal Golf Club…priceless.

I do enjoy playing golf. It is a fun game. I pick up the game while I was living in the mid-west soon after college. I used to work for an IT consulting firm and the only way to leisurely mingle with the clients and co-workers was at the golf course.

Yeah, I spent a lot of hours at the driving range to practice my golf swing in order to hit the golf ball correctly. Some will say, “Sal, you are hitting a stationary ball, how hard could it be?” Well, the ball is only about 1.68 inches in diameter and the length of the longest golf club shaft is about 45 inches. That is quite a distance to hit a relatively small object.

Now how about a swing, from address position of the clubface square next to the ball, maintain a straight take away for the back swing while try to create a large arch, at the same time keep your arms straight and relax your shoulders, coil your upper body to gain and create power in speed, release the swing by maintaining the same line of the back swing, hopefully the clubface make contact with the ball on the down swing, and follow through the swing.

One does not need talent to play golf.  All he needs a lot of practices, patience and eager to learn the proper techniques in the sport.  I remember when I first started playing golf I hit the ground more than the ball. And sometimes missed the ball all together. Once I know or get used to the swing, I hit the ball more often but the clubface may not square upon contact with the ball and thus I get a hook or a slice. So instead of the ball going straight as I meant it to go towards the target, the ball went to the right or to the left, the hazards, sand traps, water etc. Yeah, I lost lots of golf balls!

My current handicap index as of November 2008 is 22.9 according to Northern California Golf Association.  I am improving my game each time I golf and looking forward to the challenges of the golf course and the elements during game day.  My goal is to break 90 in 2009.  With more practice at the driving range and a whole lot of luck, I believe I can achieve my goal.

2 Responses to “Golf, talent not required…”

  1. Meg Bear said

    What a great example of just how important effort is in accomplishment. Welcome to TalentedApps Sal.

  2. Amy Wilson said

    Great story Sal! Sounds like you have a growth mindset. I, on the other hand, definitely have a fixed mindset when it comes to golf. My eager golfing dad got me started early and I was golfing in leagues and winning trophies at age 7. By age 16 I had peaked and I now I just lament the fact that I’m not as good as when I was a kid. But, there’s always boxing.

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