It's Monday after the Masters Golf Tournament, the first major golf tournament of the year and it always gets me wishing that I was on the golf course in a full time capacity. It only seems fitting for me to share a poem with you today, I think it is a poem, or more like an excerpt from one of my favourite movies ever, TIN CUP.
If you're a golfer you'll have seen the movie and if you aren't, well then you'll just have to make it a priority to watch it and appreciate the whole concept that I am about to lay forth. There are so many mixed reviews of the movie, some saying it is great and others saying it is infuriating that (spoiler alert) Tin Cup - Roy McAvoy - throws away his chance of winning the U.S. Open all because of his stubborn nature. To me that is the beauty of the movie in the first place.
The poem/ excerpt is below:
"Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Well, I tend to think of the golf swing as a poem. The critical opening phrase of this poem will always be the grip. Which the hands unite to form a single unit by the simple overlap of the little finger. Lowly and slowly the clubhead is led back. Pulled into position not by the hands, but by the body which turns away from the target shifting weight to the right side without shifting balance. Tempo is everything; perfection unobtainable as the body coils down at the top of the swing. Theres a slight hesitation. A little nod to the gods.
Dr. Molly Griswold: A, a nod to the gods?
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Yeah, to the gods. That he is fallible. That perfection is unobtainable. And now the weight begins shifting back to the left pulled by the powers inside the earth. It's alive, this swing! A living sculpture and down through contact, always down, striking the ball crisply, with character. A tuning fork goes off in your heart and your balls. Such a pure feeling is the well-struck golf shot. Now the follow through to finish. Always on line. The reverse C of the Golden Bear! The steel workers' power and brawn of Carl Sandburg's. Arnold Palmer!"
The reason I share this with you today is simply because I see the sport of golf with so many similarities to life. Perfection in what we want to achieve in life is sometimes unobtainable but it doesn't mean we need to stop trying. The reason Tin Cup is a golfer's cult classic movie is because Kevin Costner's character is full of self doubt, he overthinks things, he has failed in the past (sounds a bit like life right?) During the movie he has to overcome all of the above to keep chasing his dream, and, because it is Hollywood, 'get the girl'.
A little 'off the wall' for a normal Motivational Monday post; the point being that life is a tough old journey that we have to navigate through from point to point. I look around at others and often reflect on my life and think that we can become too focused on the destination; if Danny Willett had stood on the first tee on last Thursday morning just thinking about the weekend and the green jacket he never would have achieved his Masters victory. Sure, ultimately that was his goal, but he had to plot his course towards it over 4 days.
A huge congratulations to Danny Willett for winning the Masters, proof that if you work hard and stay focused you can achieve what you want in life!
We all have small steps to take each day, let's make them purposefully and enjoy every single one as much as possible!
Have a great week ahead! STAY STRONG and KEEP MOVING!
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.