What’s With this Long Drive Stuff?
One may think it kind of odd that a 6′ 10″ dude would play golf. I agree. Trust me.
Being tall doesn’t make golf an easy sport to excel in. How many tall guys do you see on the tour? Rest my case.
So… why not compete at the one aspect of golf that played to my strengths and throw everything else out the window?
Done deal. I’m in. Where do I sign?
That’s what Long Drive is. Hit the golf ball as far as humanly possible. That’s it.
Sounds simple, right? I’m all about simple.
Didn’t take long for me to realize that there’s nothing simple about this sport. Hitting a golf ball straight and long under pressure in various atmospheric conditions is a trip.
It’s violent, unpredictable, frustrating, exciting and very scientific.
And I love it.
My first swing in competition… at a local qualifier for worlds.
I’d been toying around with competing in Long Drive for 7 years. So what made me put in hundreds of hours of work these last months just to start embarrassing myself on the tee box?
Truth be told, my reasons for stepping up and competing have nothing to do with golf.
One reason is that I’m compelled to soothe the aching in my guts.
That ache… is an unquenchable desire to actualize potential and identity. To discover. To uncover. To shed. To focus. To challenge. To become… to banish “maybe” and “what if” from my life.
Long drive for me is a vehicle of discovery, a laboratory of excellence, a self-refinery… and it just just happens to offer a compelling amount of fun along the way.
It’s categorically professional, but admittedly, it’s closer to an expensive hobby that happens to hold a world championship in Mesquite, Nevada each year.
Simple rules of engagement:
- Lift others up.
- Compete against yourself.
- Work hard.
So far, I’m having a lot of fun and learning a ton about myself.
Excited to actualize my potential… wherever that takes me.