Whether you are a seasoned professional, rising star or just learning the game, golf is a sport that leaves its enthusiasts hooked and even its masters intrigued at times. Of all the sports I have played in my life, nothing offers reprieve from a long work day like golf. It is also my ideal way to spend a sunny Saturday! I think the balance between artistry and athleticism, calmness and confidence is what makes the game so interesting to me. One small adjustment in your grip or a slight change to your stance can be the difference between a stellar drive or the dreaded, belted out, “fore.” And the pros make it all look so simple! So unrehearsed. So fluid. But as with any virtuoso, even the best have off days. The paint colors look drab on the canvas. The notes sound harsh. The hook carries everything into the rough. Sometimes that balance between beauty and brawn, quiet and conviction seems to swing too far in one direction. And it could be the smallest thing that throws the equilibrium into a tailspin. A bad night’s sleep, slight dehydration, too much mental chatter or that pesky cold that’s been knocking at your door can all be factors. And when you’re at the 19th, reflecting on the recent round, sometimes you just can’t pinpoint why you couldn’t keep the slice at bay. That’s the great thing about golf that makes us all come back for more. The slight allure you just can’t put your finger on. I think for me it’s the lesson in knowing sometimes it’s ok to not understand why things didn’t go the way you wanted them to. I know I simply enjoy playing and will continue to do so.
Milena Glusac is a 3 time US National Champion in running. She also played tennis at the University of Oregon, where she graduated with her Master’s Degree. She is the VP of Marketing for Vitalyte Sports Nutrition, has written columns and blogs for on-line sporting publications, and provides color commentary for track and field on television. And when she’s not working, you will find her staying hydrated with Vitalyte’s isotonic electrolyte formula so she can play a good front nine!