Questioner: Moving to greener pastures Sadhguru, having read your thoughts about golf.
Sadhguru: Well, green is not a color, it’s a destination.
Questioner: So, can you please share your inner engineering tips for combating adversities on the golf course?
Sadhguru: There are no adversities on the golf course, because this is not an artillery thing, nobody’s trying to hit you with a ball. See, golf is a game unlike any other game, because – I played lot of field hockey when I was young, there was only one ball, twenty of us are trying to grab that ball, and it’s moving at high speeds, and you have to grab it and take it, but everybody wants the same ball.
When I started golf, when I was well over fifty years of age – I suddenly realized this a great game. I have my own ball, and nobody is trying to grab it, and I have all the time to hit it, and it’s a sitting ball. In every other game, ball is coming at you at various angles, velocities, spin, speed, all kinds of things. Here it is a sitting ball and everybody becomes quiet in respect for the goof up that you may do. “So, to hit a sitting ball, what is the big challenge?” I thought. So, I never took a lesson, I’ve never been on a driving range, I never take a practice swing in the entire eighteen holes. But, it’s a sitting ball.
If your faculties are okay, if you’re reasonably, geometrically well-balanced when you stand, you can hit the ball. You may not become a pro, but reasonable level of golf, every reasonably fit man or woman can play. But, unfortunately they have a mental problem.
In my understanding of the game, seventy percent of the game is in the mind. So, I play only seventy percent, the other thirty percent I never bothered, because I don’t want to be a professional, or be in a competition or something. So I only play seventy percent of the golf. So I finish, you know, five, six, seven over, it’s okay with me, I’m not planning to go under, it’s okay.