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Golf Australia Express : Issue 43
SUCCESS IS A HARD thing to pin down. Given any day, I'd be happy to go around to my handicap. A birdie or two---who knows? If I leave the carpark smiling, I reckon it's been time well spent. If I scored well, then it's 'smiles all round' as there's not a golfer alive who doesn't realise smiles are by no means guaranteed when leaving the last green. Success can be as hard to find as it is to define. Of course, there are others who lay claim to a superior skill-set and for them the bar is set higher as the drive for better scores sends them hurtling down the fairways to achieve new heights. For them, a good round might light a glimmer of hope, but it would be unlikely to spark a fire. For such people, a round---or even two strung together---won't be seen as successful. Even being on top of the leaderboard after two rounds (for example) wouldn't make a golf blog's archive if they're not on the podium when the cup's raised in the air. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO DEFINE SUCCESS ON THE GOLF COURSE, WRITES WILL HONE. MEASURING SUCCESS with Will Hone IN HONING And that makes sense, too. Professional golfers need to do more than string 18 or 36 good holes together. They need to string a championship together. That's what being a pro is all about. That's what winners do, and for them that is the stuff of success. And then there are those for whom championships are not enough. For such rare people success is measured not by holes or championships, but by a full career. They are measured by the heights they can climb and their achievements are closely documented as they go. That's what being a champion is, and winning is what they do. For them, the yardstick of history measures success. Though I speak in lofty tones of those who have climbed golf's illusive pinnacle, it is important to understand that should I ever shoot a 7-under 65 you'll hear about it, blow by blow, right here. I'll call that 'success' to everyone within earshot well into the next decade. In the meantime I might string together a few good rounds. I might take the memory of a perfect drive home to think about over a meal. I might even enjoy a nice walk. Success might be different for different people, but I think it is pretty easy to come across when you're on the green. OTG Should I ever shoot a 7-under 65 you'll hear about it, blow by blow, right here. I'll call that 'success' well into the next decade. TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS