PRACTICE…  Some love it, some hate it and some just take it in stride as part of the process of maintaining or getting better in ones focus of interest.  From the lips of coaches through out my life I have heard the exhortation:

“if you want to ‘be good’, you have to ‘get good’,  and to ‘get good’ you have to practice.”

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Vijay Singh of Fiji lines up a putter behind the ball on the practice green during round one of the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 14, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (November 13, 2013 – Source: Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac)


In any discussion of practice and golf it seems downright disrespectful not to mention PGA Tour Champion Vijay Singh.  (58 wins world wide, including the Masters 2000, PGA championships 1998 and 2004 and the FedEx Cup 2008.  Between 2002 and 2008 he won 25 times including 9 times in 2004, the year in which he achieved the status of “No. 1″ golfer in the world—a position he maintained for 32 weeks in 2004 and 2005) Vijay is known, the world over, for his “meticulous preparation” and herculean practice regimen.

Digest for a moment the words of Chad Reynolds, Singh’s caddie from 2007-2010 describing Vijay’s work regimen:

“Vijay is hitting balls eight hours a day…We’d show up at 10. We never went in for lunch.  Lunch was always brought to us on the back of the range.  We’d go from 10 to 6 on his off week every day…Saturday, Sunday, it didn’t matter….Tournament week was even harder, (I)… was on the bag two hours before tee time, a four-plus hour round and then practice afterwards.  It was a 10-12 hour day…and then, many times Vijay would want to go to dinner.”

Another of Singh’s caddies, Paul Tesori, had this to say:

It’s his love. His passion, his profession, his hobby and his addiction are all the same thing. They’re all hitting balls; they’re all golf.”

When I read the words of Reynolds and Tesori, I could sense an ache in my stomach and a dryness in my mouth as I was reminded of a note displayed prominently on my laptop which asks: “Is this the best use of your time?  I know that the most precious resource I have to spend, in this life, is my time.  Some of ”my time” is already spent; all I have is the remainder and the opportunity to choose wisely.  Will I use the rest of my time as a wasting asset, or a valuable commodity?

So, I ask myself :

  • What are my current “practices” and what am I “practicing”?
  • What are my priorities and how are they currently projected in my behaviors—my signature?
  • How am I investing my time?  Does it reflect my stated values of (1) God (2) Family and (3) Country?
  • What are the rewards for how I am spending my time?
  • Are those rewards “temporary” or “eternal”
  • Am I comfortable with my Answers?
  • Is there anything in my answers I would like to change?
  • Am I willing to take the steps—put in the practice—to change the things I don’t like reflected in my answers?

I am sure there are many more questions you could add to this list, but this list is my list.  What is your list and what will you do with it?





One response to this post.

  1. Posted by John T on July 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Nice stuff!


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