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Essence of Golf

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Steven Huesch
The golf team

Golf carries a weight of mental challenges that surpass many other athletic endeavors.  In all the different sports where physical strength is often the main thing that is needed, golf stands out as a testament to the power of the mind.  Kyle Guloy, a senior on the Shadow Ridge Golf Team, can attest first hand to the unique mental demands that accompany every swing of the club.

During a golf tournament, even a slight miscalculation in swing trajectory or a lapse in concentration can result in significant deviations from the intended outcome.  The constant pressure to perform at the highest level places a substantial burden on the mind of every golfer.

Guloy states, “In golf you almost always practice and compete alone most of the time, so being part of a team is always a special feeling. In addition, I wanted to do everything that I could to help a struggling team achieve better results.”

The golf team at practice (Steven Huesch)

Unlike team sports where the performance is shared among multiple teammates, golfers bear the full weight of their performance individually.  Each shot is a solitary endeavor and the responsibility for success or failure rests solely on the shoulders of the player.  The solitude on the course magnifies the mental aspect of the game, as there are no teammates to rely on for support or assistance.  

However, despite the individual nature of the sport, Guloy says being part of the team has taught valuable lessons about camaraderie and support.  While striving for personal improvement is essential, uplifting those on the team is equally crucial for the overall success of the team.  Whether it be offering advice on technique or providing encouragement during challenging rounds, fostering a sense of unity within the team enhances everyone’s performance.

Guloy also states, “Being on the team has helped me create friendships with teammates I would have never been friends with otherwise.”

Balancing the demands of academics, athletics, and a full time job requires unwavering discipline and efficient time management.  Setting strict deadlines and adhering to them diligently has become second nature to Guloy.  The relentless pursuit of excellence in all aspects of life mirrors the dedication required to excel in golf, reinforcing the relationship between mental fortitude and success.

The golf team at practice (Steven Hue)

Golf stands as a testament to the unparalleled mental challenges inherent in sports.  The relentless pursuit of perfection, coupled with the solitary nature of the game, places immense pressure on the minds of players.  Through teamwork, discipline, and a steadfast commitment to improvement, golfers navigate these challenges with resilience and determination, embodying the epitome of mental fortitude in sports. 

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Alexa Ledgerwood-smith
Alexa is a sophomore at the Ridge. She loves to ride horses, hang out with her friends, and watch her favorite movies and TV shows. Alexa is very excited to write entertainment articles for The Lariat. Alexa is also on the golf team here at Shadow.
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