The object of any player, any athlete, is to win. While there are many other goals or objectives that can easily be cited, still the foremost reason of any player is to come out on top at the end of every game or match that he plays or participates in. Since the goal of every game itself is to have a winner at the end, it is only natural that winning is the natural goal of everyone involved in the game. It is a natural consequence of the nature of games themselves. And then of course, players are simply attracted by the idea of victory, of being the best and the number one in the game that you play in.
With the ultimate object of victory in sight, athletes always strive to improve their game. They practice and learn every skill and also do he necessary research for them to improve and be more than just competitive. Well of course, that is done by the athletes who are truly dedicated to the game that they play and also have a high degree of competitiveness. All of hat would be meaningless though without the right amount of focus and dedication, which will provide the steadying hand for all of the fiery intensity that is typical of competitors who just want to win so badly. After all, there’s no feeling that’s quite like winning a championship or major title in the sports of your choice.
In my own way, I have been able to experience the thrill of playing and then winning in different sports. This was especially true during my teenage years, where I was very much involved in just about every sport or game that I can participate in. And I am proud to say that I enjoyed my fair share of winning, and that needless to say, I enjoyed and savored every moment of it. But I was not able to pursue any sport as a profession, so my days as a competitive athlete ended when I graduated from college. In effect, it became something of an afterthought for me, as I became busy with work and was no longer as active as I used to be in sports. Not until recently, that is. That’s because I got hooked on playing an entirely new sport for me. The sport is golf, and I aim to be as good and competitive as I can be as a golfer.
Competing in the Sport of Golf
Being the competitor that I am, I am definitely driven to also excel in playing the sport of golf. I was introduced into it by an old college buddy, and I must admit that I never expected to take to it the way that I had. A major reason for that was because I always had the impression that golf was something of a boring game, lacking the excitement and intensity that I so love about sports and games. But all of that changed when I began to actually play the game. Seeing how challenging it was, I was instantly hooked and I became resolved to excel in it. All of the desire and intensity that I have would not be enough however, if I don’t go about the learning process in the proper way. There are so many aspects to the game that I can’t help but sometimes feel overwhelmed. Currently, I am preoccupied with improving my swing and my handicap, which are no mean feats, I might add.
The so-called handicap in golf refers to a numerical measure of the playing ability of a golfer, which is based on the tees hat are played for a given golf course. A handicap is used for calculating a net score from the actual number of scores that are played by the golfer. Through this system players that have different proficiency and ability are able to compete and play against each other and on even terms at that. The way it works is that the higher the handicap, the poorer that player fares against other players with lower handicaps. National golf associations or golf clubs are the authorities that have the right and power to administer handicaps, which are actually not used in professional golf.
Tips for Improving Handicap
Every golfer, especially one who is only considered to be a beginner, would love to improve his handicap. The fact is that plenty of golf players would love to learn how they could improve their handicap as quickly as possible. And of course it is directly connected with the improvement of one’s game, because everyone who plays definitely wants to win or even just perform well. All the fun and excitement that is offered by the game can quickly vanish if you are not playing particularly well at all. Some tips on how one’s handicap can be made lower are therefore very much needed, and welcome. Personally, I certainly welcome it very much, so the following tips are really important in my view:
• The initial thing that needs to be done in order to achieve the objective of improving a player’s handicap is to have a thorough examination of the club is gripped. Since the grip is the only real connection between the golfer and the golf club, then it becomes obvious that is plays a vital role in the improvement of handicap. Possessing a neutral to strong grip will help the player in hitting the golf ball longer and straighter, which thus enables him to shoot lower scores as it is needed.
• Aside from improving on the grip, it is also essential for the golfer to improve and then perfect the takeaway. The takeaway is actually part of having a much better swing, because it will ultimately dictate the tempo at which each swing would be made, and the swing’s importance just cannot be overestimated. The arms and shoulders of the golfer should be in sequence while the lower body should be kept as stable as possible.
• Special attention should be given to the downswing, which is one of the swings that golfers usually have a lot of problems with. One of the keys with the downswing is that the golfer should just let gravity do its work. Upon completing the back swing, simply turn the hips and then let the hands simply drop to the side of the body. The movement will allow the golfer to be in a much better swing plane, as well as get into position for better shots at the golf ball time and time again.
One of the secrets that I have learned or I’m still learning is that keeping things simpler means much better than trying to take the more complicated route. This probably helps explain the fact that younger people get to learn the game of golf, and become good at it, faster than adults is because of the issue of simplicity. Older people tends to make things more complicated than how they should actually be, which only spells trouble and headache for them. The same can be said for golf, so I know that my intensity and competitiveness will always be there with my desire to win, but in order to get better I need to take the simple steps necessary.