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In Golf as in Life, It's the Follow thru that Counts!

A passion of mine for some time has been golf. There are many life lessons I've learned from the game and have been fortunate to share with others. I was recently named head coach of the boys golf team at our local high school and am doing a sports camp next week at our local church camp.

You see many swings on the golf course but the one that is probably the most flawed is a lack of follow thru. If a person doesn't master that piece of the swing they'll lack ever being as good as they could of been.

Most errant shots could be attributed to this fundamental. A swing that finishes too far left or right will result in pushed or pulled shots, or slices or hooks. But a follow thru that's on the target line with proper balance will send a shot towards its destination with a smile on the face of the one who hit it.

Now comparing that to life, how many times do we have an idea that we don't follow thru on. Or procrastinate or put off till it's impossible to keep the fire burning. Perhaps we take our eyes off the target or pursue the wrong path. We can be our own worst enemy. That's especially true of golf.

There are so many similarities. Many people have never played the game and therefore don't understand it. Maybe asking why would anyone want to do that. For me I always walk, so it's exercise, it's competetive, even if it's just with yourself. I've met many business contacts and had many opportunities because of it.

The values taught thru golf include, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgement. If you haven't tried it give it a shot, or suggest your kids or grandchildren try it.

If you do though, make a good follow thru. 

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Comment by Chris Conley on July 15, 2014 at 12:06pm

thanks Debbie, I appreciate the vote of confidence. I already had one grandmother tell me that and her hope was that her grandson would pick up on my optimism.

Ann, thanks for reading and commenting. Even though your dad doesn't play anymore I'm sure he has many great memories. As for you, it's never to late to pick up again.

Comment by Ann Musico on July 15, 2014 at 8:06am

Chris that's awesome and you are so right about being able to relate the skills and values in golf to life. My dad had always been an avid golfer and when my brother and I were teenagers he got us lessons. My brother was very good but it wasn't my thing. (Hmmm wonder what that says about me!) My dad also took my children for lessons when they were older and took them golfing with him as well. My son, Matthew, is the only one who still goes golfing with some of his friends occasionally.  My dad has not been able to golf for a couple of years now that he's 88 - but I always heard him talking about follow through. That's such a great take-away for golf (or baseball or any sport) as well as life!

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on July 15, 2014 at 7:22am

I know you'll be a great coach and your team will learn more than golf!

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