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My colleagues grinned at me meaningfully when I came on duty one morning. At first I didn't understand, but the hints soon shed light: After work, they would go out on the course again, play a few holes - and I would be there. Yes, I had agreed and now I couldn't go back.
If you want to achieve the greatest distance in golf, you usually go for the driver. For example, on the tee, when a par 4 or par 5 hole needs to be mastered, the longest of the clubs in the bag is the best choice. The driver has the largest head and the longest shaft of all clubs. Unfortunately, this also makes it the most difficult club to play. That's why beginners in particular avoid this type of wood at the beginning of their golfing career. Often at the beginning there is the statement: First you have to master the irons, then you can play the wood. For many, this leads to a fear of the driver. In the back of their minds, they believe: "I won't hit it right with that anyway." And not infrequently, this results in what is called a "selffulfilling prophecy." It doesn't work. Because - and this quickly becomes clear even to the absolute greenhorn on the course: a good game of golf requires a fair amount of self-awareness.
Play golf? Me? A crackpot idea like no other." - Those were the first thoughts I had when talking to active golfers. The situation was completely unsportsmanlike, because the conversation took place on the premises of a newspaper editorial office. The golfers were colleagues who liked to play a few holes on the nearby golf course after work in the summer. And as they were talking about bringing their "silverware" the next day to hit a few balls in the evening, I happened to be standing there. I sensed the fascination that this sport must have held for them and asked about it. I knew nothing about golf, only the usual prejudices. And that explained my first thoughts when my colleagues asked me if I would like to come along and give it a try.
"Unpleasant or perhaps dangerous things always happen only to others." I'm sure I'm not the only one who goes through life with this basic thought. Because if you should always expect the worst, even the worst, then you should no longer dare to leave the house. Well, actually one should not even leave the bed. The fear of accident or misfortune, of inconvenience and trouble would probably be too great. But since I often not only have to earn a living, but also play a round of golf now and then, I am regularly driven out of bed. And as I am sitting here writing these lines, my credo seems to be true. The poor others.