Book Review and Notes: The Seven Principles of Golf

Not only is this one of the best golf books I’ve ever read, it’s one of the most useful life books I’ve come across as well. Check out reviews on Amazon and buy it if you feel so inclined.

(Full disclaimer: I received an e-mail from the publisher asking if I wanted to read and review the book… I’m a sucker for a free read so I said yes).

I’m thrilled to have had an opportunity to read this book and took extra time on this post to make sure I captured some of the more important ideas I’m taking away. At the end of the day, I feel like I get it – I really think golf is a direct reflection of how I live my life and I intend to use it as a tool to keep improving myself and learning to live in each moment fully. I’m far from perfect, but I am getting better at both golf and life, I hope.

If you’ve seen Randy Paush’s "Last Lecture" or read his book, you’ll know about head fake learning. That when we think we’re learning one thing, but in reality, we’re learning something totally different, and perhaps even more important. That’s what golf is to me – a life lesson head fake. Learning to play each shot and live in the moment and translating that to the other aspects of my life is why I play and keep on playing. It’s why I don’t care too much after shooting a 105 or worse.

Learning to live in the moment means taking my game and my life off autopilot and taking the controls. it means I have to trust each decision I make and commit to my choices and decisions large and small. I used to think Baseball was the perfect game, but I was wrong… it’s golf all the way.

Darrin Gee’s book is really not so much about golf, it’s more like a book about how to live life and I really, really enjoyed every page of it.

One practical golf lesson Gee talks about in the book is the importance of rituals. I have the basic parts of a golf ritual (line up, deep breath, practice swing and then  hit it), but after really thinking more about rituals, I think I can do better. I’ll be working on a specific breath technique that I’m using in my life off the course as well. I said it earlier but I just have to say it again… I LOVE this book!

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