It’s not just the score.
It’s the daily grind.
It’s hitting wedges and chips while the others are nursing a Bell at the 19th hole.
It’s getting back on the range the day after four straight competitive rounds over par, the last beginning with an 8. And doing it again the day after that, viagra generic and the day after that.
It’s walking past the first tee and onto the practice green, passing up a money game with an MP and Safaricom executive.
It’s about actually getting up—not rolling over—when the alarm sounds at 6am to go for a run.
It’s sucking it up and asking the 18-handicapper on the range next to you if you’re properly aligned.
It’s stopping and lending your expertise to the teenager caddie-turned-prodigy with a much-needed tip.
It’s giving back to the club that has allowed you to play without a proper membership.
It’s the 1500 wedges a month from increments of six yards, help from 100 yards in.
It’s asking for help and not pretending you’re too good to need it.
It’s the understanding that the score is not the goal; it’s just a sign. If you didn’t hit the mark today, you’ll get back on the putting green tomorrow and knock in 30 straight from six feet—five times before lunch. It’s about missing eleven greens in a row and still knowing that your short game will hold you up.
It’s turning off The Hostel and turning on the video to analyze Tiger, Rory and Phil.
It’s about missing the cut without losing your identity, and then entering the next event without hesitation.
It’s determining your success by your effort and attitude and not by your fellow competitors.
It’s never forgetting that hard work beats any hot tip or the new Rocketballz driver—every time.
It’s being willing to fail to gain the sponsorship, make the team, make the cut or the winning putt.
It’s about knowing your game improves with every failure, but slower than you wanted and in smaller increments.
It’s about looking at the trend of the past year—two years, ten years—and not the past month.
It’s about being humble and gracious in victory.
It’s about being humble and gracious in defeat.
It’s about looking up and thanking God for each new day, for your daily bread, and for a new start each day the sun rises.
Is it just about the daily grind?
No. But keep grinding.
(This is an insider message to my closest Ugandan friends in golf; you know who you are. And if you think that could be you, it is. And a shout out to John Acuff for his written form that I’ve borrowed and turned toward golf).
It’s not just the score.