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					Zen And The Art Of Playing Golf

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Good golfers are always 'in' the game, especially before each and every
shot.

While to the onlookers, this may seem effortless, but there is so much
going on in the mind of a golfer.

This reminds of a scene in The Legend of Baggera Vance, where Bobby Jones
steps up to the ball, to tee off. Will Smith tells Matt Demon to look at
Jone's eyes, and tells him to observe how he looks at the field. He
concentrates, takes his position, takes his practice swings, his mind
and...


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Good golfers are always 'in' the game, especially before each and every
shot.

While to the onlookers, this may seem effortless, but there is so much
going on in the mind of a golfer.

This reminds of a scene in The Legend of Baggera Vance, where Bobby Jones
steps up to the ball, to tee off. Will Smith tells Matt Demon to look at
Jone's eyes, and tells him to observe how he looks at the field. He
concentrates, takes his position, takes his practice swings, his mind and
body in rhythm. The result is nearly perfect as a drive should be.

This   point of view may be far fetched and some may even object to it, but
many   will find some truth in the statement - Golf is a Zen experience.
This   is true for all golfers who are good at it, no matter how much they
joke   around and be goofing off.

Zen is exactly this - being present physically   and mentally in each and
every moment at all times. As some people call   this living life to its
fullest, but this feeling is different. Zen is   experiencing energy in
every moment of life. It's a feeling of living   life to the fullest and
appreciating every moment for what is given.

So can we then call Golf, a Zen Experience?

Let’s see...

Zen coincides with Golf in all aspects of the game. When the heart and
soul is in the moment, a golfer takes notice of everything around
themselves. The player feels the breeze, recognizing its force and
direction, but effortlessly. Then they notice the feel of the grass as
they walk down the fairway, but they are still not under pressure to be
thinking about their shot.

The player will then note the distance to the green, the weather
conditions and select appropriate club.
The player will focus on only one thing that the next shot and nothing
else, but again without the pressure of thinking about it.

The pressure to perform makes the player tense and this spoils the shot.
On the other hand a Zen golfer would be calm and would trust his or her
body. Once the mind and body are in sync, and then make the shot.

He is aware that his shot may not be perfect always, as the golfer would
have intended. The difference would be in the attitude. For a Zen golfer,
a bad or imperfect shot will not affect him at all and he would get ready
for the next. But this will definitely adversely affect others, who
stress over every shot.

Non-Zen golfer would get bogged down and keep thinking and cursing. These
negative thoughts would affect his entire body language and will feel
defeated even before the result. Since the body and mind are not in
harmony, the entire game after the bad shot will get affected; this would
be followed by another bad shot. Any good shot will be looked upon as an
accident, luck or a fluke.