A Spring Golf Haiku for Philistines: AustCham Shanghai’s Word From an Expert

Spring should be in the air by now but as I sit here in my nice, warm office looking out over the lovely, little Lujiazui green park on a cold, grey Shanghai day it is clearly not. Tiger should win the Masters in the year of the Tiger but after the recent revelations concerning Tiger’s role in his home movie titled “Slouching Tiger Hidden Sausage,” a victory is no longer certain.

Sports psychologists, amateur philosophers and brainstorming Ad-men have all talked about the power of “If”. Well and good. Lets think about “should” and how it relates to your game of golf. How good should you be at golf and does it even matter?

Good and bad are of course terms of relativity. Each has no meaning except in relation to the other and in a particular context. The beauty of golf, its true joy and wonder, is not found in the quest to be good or to be better but rather in that moment when you truly experience the thrill of playing your golf exactly the way you know it can be played.

Golf is a pure game in that there is no relativity or competition except within yourself. It is a very Zen game. If Tiger can truly reconnect with his Buddhism, he will the Masters by a mile. If you can rise above “should” and take every shot for exactly what it is and nothing else you will have one of the greatest days of your life. If you can’t then there is always plenty of cold beer and food in the clubhouse to enjoy after the round .

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