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UPBEAT's Top Page Humor: His golf is improving. He’s missing the ball much closer than he used to!


UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • FEBRUARY 2020 • Pg 25


Sculpting the Road To Golf Excellence Golf Coach 101


by James Fish • james524@gmail.com


Santa Rosa, CA. ~ With 2019 now gone from sight, this new day is time for a sharper focus. If you want to paint a picture or build a bridge to a better


world,


who’s to stop you? If you’ve done time in the trenches,


the


sky is the limit. Finding art in all that we see and do is the beginning of a new journey, so why not on a golf course? They talk


of wizards and magicians on the links, legends of the royal and ancient ways; and each one of us possesses the wand with which to create an empire. Going forward, let us con- tinue to work as artists forging


the sharper blade of creativity upon life’s generous anvil. Why not see the golf course as an alchemist’s laboratory or an artist’s cave? Golf to me is a bit more like sculpture in the sense that we are always chip- ping away at our rough edges and hoping


to


find a smoother and more pol- ished


vehicle


for our dreams to take flight in. Learning to love the process as much as the


end result should be our goal because that is what we are called to do if we truly love this game.


Golf is indeed of equal parts


feel and technique. You might be a mechanic on the golf


course but if you’re not an art- ist you are missing the point. Trusting in the unknown never comes easy to us but that is the spirit calling to us behind slen- der blades of grass growing to- wards the setting sun. The best golfers in the world all under- stand the importance of feel as it relates to performance and success. Find yourself a com- petent instructor if you want to get better, but do art to stretch your life’s canvas. And if you can’t do art, go fly a kite, do yoga or tai chi, throw a Fris- bee for your dog to chase, go to the gym, take a long walk or climb a mountain.


In my humble opinion, art does imitate


life and golf


trumps them both. So when we are busy putting together our fantastic blueprints for a new year, let us not forget the powers of the wizard that each one of us holds like a magic


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wand in our hands. Feel the force; don’t force the feel, if you wish to become an adept in the craft. With goals should come


affirmations, strategies and commitment to seizing


the


day and seeing the world in a much different way. If you want to raise your game to the next level, pick up the artist’s brush. Use bold colors and broad strokes as you paint a brighter picture and stay down long enough to see that golf ball traveling to exotic desti- nations.


James A. Fish operates Eagle Eye Golf Coaching in Sonoma County. He is also a professional golf professional at Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park. His website is: Eagleeyegolfcoaching.com


JOKES & Humor #6


A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle." ~


A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spot- ted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little KID before?"


NMLS #643948


Human beings need to feel that they are lovable and capable of loving. ~ Fred Rogers


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