Golf as a Slice of Life

by DavalosMcCormack on June 3, 2010

I’ve only played golf a few times but that was more than enough to let me know how hard it is. On the surface it seems simple. You put the ball on the ground. You take a club. You hit the ball. You repeat this process and eventually the ball goes in the hole. In theory. But in between each shot you have so much time to think, so much time to glory in or curse your last shot, so much time to worry about the next one, that in the end it becomes more of a mental game than a physical one.

One of my colleagues at work, the fabulous Dr. Bill Stewart (he’s the head of CPMC’s Institute for Health and Healing) recently took up golf. Bill says he was asked by friends over the years to play but always told them he was “saving it for my old age”. Then when his Medicare card came in the mail Bill realized his old age had arrived and it was time to take up the clubs.

Then he made a fascinating discovery. Golf, is very much like life. In fact, it’s a real slice of life. In more ways than one.

Here’s what Bill had to say about the game. By the way, pardon the video. Bill gets so passionate talking about the game that he steamed up the Flip camera video. Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

as a metaphor for life

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