Golf has a fascinating way of imitating life. It requires determination, decisiveness and consistency which makes it a game that contributes to life. Unlike most games golf does not require sheer force or athletic skills, instead it focuses more on mentally building a person by being a mentor and polishing their skills. For instance the relationship between how hard you hit the ball and how far it goes is inversely related, same as the relationship between strategy and success. Sheer force may create action but the lack of strategy and focus might negate the efforts put in.
Everything in golf symbolises something in life, you just need to have the eye to see it. The variety of clubs, for example, is just like the variety of choices one has to make in life in order to achieve what’s desirable. Taking ownership, having the spirit of accepting defeat sometimes, taking risks with shots is all a part of life as well. It may seem like an easy sport but in reality it requires much more than just time. I mean think about it, do you call life easy? No, so why believe a game that is considered to be a major part of life for some, simple?
The most important lesson that you learn is accepting failure, learning from your mistakes and moving on. You analyse your faults, you learn from them and then you move on to becoming a better version of the person you were yesterday. Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest golfers of all times once said, “Don’t be too proud to take a lesson. I’m not.” If the Golden Bear can apply this in his life you can too. Besides if you think about it, this is exactly what life is about.