We had a rain check to play the back nine at Cimarrone Golf Club so we decided to play two Sundays ago. It is normal for my 13 year old step-daughter to come along because she likes to play golf. But, my 16 year old step-son normally chooses to stay home. It was a nice, sunny, warm day and my step-son must have had some sort of cabin fever because he decided to come along. Of course, every kid loves to drive the golf cart. So, he was my driver and my step-daughter drove her dad around the course.
The first two holes did not go well for me. I landed in the water on the first hole and in the woods on the second. Needless to say, I was getting frustrated. On the third hole, the advice from my non-golf-playing, non-golf game attending step son was, “Ok Mary, now what you need to do is aim at that flag and hit the ball straight. Just aim, and hit. You can do this.” I laughed at first, giving him an over-exaggerated thumbs up and a “Wow, thanks genius” smile. As I lined up for my shot, he repeated his advice and I actually thought twice about it.
There I was, frustrated, tense, struggling to hit the ball straight, struggling with how much power to swing with, and struggling with my focus. His words rang in my head and I remembered that this game is…fun! I am not playing the PGA tour, I am not playing for money, and it really isn’t a competition at all. I relaxed some, lined up my shot, and hit the ball without overthinking it. And what do you know? I hit the ball straight as an arrow, right where I was aiming, about 200 yards (which is a good shot for me).
I was so excited that I jumped up and down and raced back to the cart to advance on the fairway. I ended up making bogey which I was happy with. As we waited for his dad to finish putting, I sat next to him in the cart and thanked him truly for his advice. He smiled and said “sure” while shrugging his shoulders, then went back to searching YouTube on his phone for another song.
In the game of golf, keeping it simple really does work best. Overthinking can cause a lot of problems, so it actually helps to remind yourself to aim for the flag and hit the ball straight. I may need to get him to accompany me for my next game so I can be reminded to keep it simple.