A Little Golf Getaway
By KorryFranke on 6/26/07
A little over a week ago I visited a good friend of mine in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. The two and a half day trip seemed to be over in the blink of an eye, but then, that's what happens when there's great conversation, beer, bbq, and, of course, two rounds of scenic golf!

The two courses we chose definitely challenged both of us. The many hazards and narrow, tree-lined fairways forced us to really concentrate on driving the ball accurately off the tee and hitting nothing but the softest approach shots to the fast greens. Add blind shots on nearly every whole, rain delays, and the simple fact that neither of us were familiar with the courses and it's quite easy to see why our two golf outings, while incredibly fun, were not exactly stellar rounds. (I'll admit it...a tough round makes the 19th hole taste even sweeter!!) Yet out of the depths of the two challenging rounds came a few bright spots, albeit more from my friend than from me, including an eagle, a few sandy pars, and even a 60-foot putt that never had a doubt about where it was going-straight into the bottom of the cup.

As I left my friend's home and started driving back to my town, I came to a very clear and very true realization: I am not a professional golfer after all. That's right, I admit it. I'm an amateur. I know that's hard to believe, especially since some days I'm not sure if I even want to admit to that!! Most of us who play this game even somewhat seriously would be lying unless we admitted that not only do we hope to but also that we expect that we will play like a pro. We expect 300-yard drives and birdies on just about every hole. We may not admit these expectations to our friends, but we still expect them nonetheless. And that's why it's so frustrating when we hook one into the woods or top one down the fairway. That's why many of us despise teeing off on the clubhouse holes like 1 or 10 or any hole where other golfers stand in observance of the masterpiece that is our golf stroke (even when that lone observer is the 85-year old starter Jim who hasn't picked up a club in 15 years!). We believe they are all there taking notes and that they could not possibly be equally as nervous when it's their turn in the spotlight.

I believe it is this unrealistic pressure that causes many of our rounds to fall apart. And for the next day or two, we focus all our reflective thought on the 80 "hideous" shots on our round of 90 instead of focusing on the 10 bright spots. We almost entirely forget that putt that somehow wrapped around the entire rim of the cup before falling in. We almost entirely forget about how cleanly we hit our iron shots today. We almost entirely forget about so many positives and instead focus on the negatives. It's a fact that positive thoughts lead to positive things. Lets all take a few more minutes after a round of golf to reflect back on the good things, the funny jokes, the beautiful scenery, and the feeling of peace that just seems to set in on any golf course. That is until you hear "FORE!!!!" from the distance followed by the thump-thump-thump of yet another errant tee shot rolling by our feet. Better get to the 19th hole!!

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Korry Franke is a Boeing 757 and 767 pilot for Continental Airlines where he flies out of Newark, NJ to destinations across the US and around the globe. He lives in Bethlehem, PA where he spends most of his time on days off at the driving range or out on the golf course giving his game the practice it so desperately needs.

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volleyhart says:
Exactly right! Though I still like to think I'm better than I am.
falcon50driver says:
I always like to yell "HOW DID THAT... NOT... GO IN !!!!" when I horribly miss a putt by 3 or 4 feet feet.,,,
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