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Golf Australia Express : Issue 33
HAPPINESS ON the golf course is central to success—it’s so simple it almost goes without saying. No matter how you measure it, feeling good is key—but how to get there is another thing altogether. For some, just the experience of walking onto the first tee is enough to set the day on fire. For others though, and for a vast range of reasons, the course can be a less than friendly place. In such a situation the search for calm can be difficult, as was discussed last week. In order to avoid such tricky situations some have turned to unorthodox remedies. Back as the early 80s, when the Walkman was pretty much the height of technological gizmo, Canadian golfer Richard Zokol—or Disco Dick as he was known—got into tunes to find his mojo on the course. It was a way, I suppose, of blocking things out; of making his way into the world he wanted but blocking out everything else. While he was not the only character in the books of golf to sport headphones after a shot, it never really took off. And I think that’s probably understandable. Golf is a social experience. It’s all about DISCO DICK LISTENED TO MUSIC TO FIND HIS GOLF HAPPINESS. HOW DO YOU FIND YOURS?, WRITES WILL HONE. TUNING FOR SUCCESS with Will Hone IN HONING walking around the course, talking between shots and when you’re waiting on the tee for the par-3 green to clear. Shared with the animals of the course—birds and lizards, insects and snakes—along with other golfers, it often provides moments to celebrate that have very little to do with the action of ball and club. While the person on the first in front of the gallery may need to create their own little universe, for most of us that is the purpose of getting out there in the first place: To get away from it all. That’s what we’re all about—hitting the course to touch up a ball and rub a few birdies on the card. Technological gizmos are great in their place, but I’m not convinced they hold the key that opens the door to the Room of Golf Happiness. I think it’s a realisation that any golf is a happy experience, and that those of us lucky enough to get out more than once in a while are indeed most fortunate. And there’s no amount of technowizardry that can possibly improve on that. OTG Happiness on the golf course is central to success.