Success From Failure?

“Failure is success if we learn from it.”  – Malcolm Forbes

Congratulations to Webb Simpson on your win at the 2012 U.S. Open!

There is always only one champion, but every player in the field should be able to take something positive away from last week’s golf tournament.  First lets take a look at amateur Beau Hossler.  He captured the attention of golfers across the country with his excellent play for the first three days of the tournament.  I doubt that there were many people who didn’t want to see him finish the weekend towards the top of the leaderboard.  Who would have ever guessed that a high school golfer would be able to compete with the best players in the world, on one of golf’s biggest stages?  Even though Beau’s Sunday round was not what he hoped it would be, he should leave The Olympic Club with his head held high.  He stood toe-to-toe with world-class players, proving that he has the golf game to be competitive.  He put on a great display of resilience in Saturday’s third round when any time he made a bogey on the very next hole he redeemed himself with a birdie.

So congratulations to you Beau Hossler.  Congratulations to all of the other great players who competed in the 2012 U.S. Open as well.  You contributed to another fantastic golf tournament filled with drama.

So what are we able to apply to your own golf game?  Even though we all strive to play our best each and every time that we stand on the first tee, sometimes there are going to be days that this just doesn’t happen.  In fact, there will probably be more days that is doesn’t go well, rather than days that it does.  But no matter how you played, at the completion of your round you need to take the time to find something positive to take with you.  What ever that is, a particular shot, the way you chipped, how you controlled your temper when things weren’t going well, try and find something positive to put in your memory bank.  Use this as a small block in the building process to a great golf game.  It will take several pieces to all come together correctly.  However, when those pieces are put together they will produce your best golf and lowest scores!