The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

~Chinese Proverb~

Masters: The game of letting go

April 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2012 - Those of us who have tasted at least one “perfect” golf swing understand the pure pleasure of it. That slice of perfect mind and body coordination is the carrot at the end of every beginning and intermediate player’s club. Never mind that there are a minimum of 2,000 strokes between each semi-accidental perfect swing. It is still a taste of the Masters.

Many of us, when stepping up to the seventh tee, carry six fairways of emotion with us. This is wonderful when the feeling is pleasure. Frequently though, we look at the ball on the seventh tee through the emotional remembrance of every lousy shot on holes one through six. This is not conducive to perfecting our swing.

Once a golf stroke is accomplished, it exists in memory, and memories are about the past. Games are played in the present. Too often we walk down the fairways clanking like Marley's ghost in Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

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