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Reacting to Adversity

He Was Actually On The Golf Course

It is a sunny afternoon with a few clouds covering the sky. The temperature is in the low 80s. The wind is whipping all over the place. The flagsticks are leaning sideways, about to pop out of the cup. It is five minutes before I tee off on the Panther course at Orange County National.

This was the scene last Wednesday prior to our 12 o'clock tee time. I had just gotten to the course a few minutes earlier and I was preparing to play a round with Alan Duval and John Montgomery III. This was the first time this year that I had to play in conditions like that. I was nowhere near prepared mentally and physically to play 18 holes with the conditions the way they were. I struggled my way to a round of 78.

It didn't matter that I shot 78, what mattered was the lesson I learned that day. It was so much more than just a lesson about golf, it was also a lesson about life. Golf is a game that cannot be mastered.

There are way too many challenges that golf presents that you are going to make mistakes. The same can be said for life. You are going to face adversity in every walk of life. Every round of golf, every day of your life, there is always something that will challenge you mentally and physically.

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall

Our reaction is to seek the easy way out. Our attitudes become negative and we come up with excuses as to why we can't do it.  When you do that, how are you going to learn to deal with adversity? How can you expect positive results? I had to learn that lesson the hard way. I had to learn that nothing is going to be perfect. Things are going to be tough from time to time. When that happens, the most important thing I have to do is to accept it and find a way to forge ahead. I know that no matter what the game of golf or life throws at me, I believe in myself and in the end, everything will be ok. I just have to find a way to make the best out of the situation.

A few days later, the experience at Orange County National fresh in my mind, I played at Forest Lake Golf Course. The conditions were almost the same as they were on Wednesday. It was cold, the wind was up and the golf course played tough. I came to the course and I told myself that I was blessed to be playing golf and I was excited to get out there. I recognized the conditions for what they were and I was ready for the challenge. It was a tough day to play golf but I chose to stay positive and play each and every shot to the best of my abilities. I did what I had to do to beat the golf course and that's what I did. I shot one under 71.

When the going gets tough, don't fold and give up. Dig your heels in and take it. Search deep inside yourself for the courage that you DO possess and know beyond any doubt that it will be ok. There is always a way out. Take it for what it is, deal with it and give it your best effort!

*Please feel free to post a comment. You can e-mail me anytime with questions about Swingtime, what we do and the wonderful things they are doing with the Adopt-A-Golfer program. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Kevin Hall

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