This week I was lucky enough to be a part of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club. I volunteered as a hole Marshal for three days. It was definitely one of the better experiences of my life. I got to be inside the ropes and listen to the conversations. Watch up close in personal how the best players in the world approach the game of golf. The best part is, most of the things I learned are things that we can incorporate immediately, and not just in our golf game. Here is the story of, my week on the PGA Tour.
During my week on the PGA Tour, I didn’t see one pro force or rush anything for an entire week, not even in the pro-am. It got me thinking, what if we not only applied this to our golf game, but to our every day lives. What is the rush all the time? Most people don’t understand how drastically their life will change if they stop responding to every external pressure and give them selves time to just breath and relax. Our ego tells us that were going to “fall behind” if we do this. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Professional golfers know this, 36 holes is a lot of holes to make a cut. You can’t make a cut on one hole, but you can miss it. You have to be patient and be willing to wait for opportunities.
These guys are the most detailed players in the world. If you have only watched golf on tv you don’t understand how methodical they are with every single shot. It has been 10 years since I went to a PGA Tour event and its easy to forget how much there is to calculate on every shot. They walk all over the greens before hitting a single putt. They won’t even take a practice swing without knowing the exact distance for where they want to place their next shot. Once again, every one of us can be more prepared for each shot and look at the bigger picture before taking aim.
I don’t know that I’ve seen more relaxed golfers in my life. Why do amateurs try to force the game so much? We get so tense when people watch us or when a shot doesn’t go our way. This goes for our real lives too. There are a million things that can trigger us throughout the day. You don’t have to react to them. All of those little things throw you off from your game and your goals.
The goal is to stay relaxed and to stay centered, no matter what. If you are someone who reacts to every curve ball life throws, practice getting in the habit of letting things go as quickly as possible. Your life will immediately give you less things to get stressed about. One of the things I was most impressed about was how every Pro looked like they were just going for a stroll and hitting a couple golf shots along the way. Taking this approach in golf and life will change everything for you.
If you are interested in volunteering in this years Rocket Mortgage Classic click here for more information. https://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rocket-mortgage-classic/volunteer.html