Maybe it is because I have seen the movie Tin Cup too many times, or maybe it is because I just love an underdog, but, to me, the U.S. Open Golf Tournament is one of the most exciting sports events of the year. Often times a diamond in the rough (like the young Rory McIllroy last year) appears and becomes the player to watch.
Although I love watching the game, I have never been able to master the mental aspect. Anyone who has played golf knows that having a great swing is important, but if you are not in the right mindset you will never play well. To me it is very stressful, but many people play golf to relax. Luckily for me, Deepak Chopra once shared my frustrations with the game, but the master of mindfulness found helpful ways to get more out of his game. He explains his techniques in his book Golf for Enlightenment, through the character of Adam. In seven lessons, which mirror Chopra’s seven techniques, Adam learns about the essence of golf and improves his game.
These lessons give both a better understanding of the game and a better understanding of life itself. Reading Chopra’s book will give you more insight into your own game, and I have found that it makes the U.S. Open even more fun to watch because there is a deeper level of understanding of what each player must do to mentally prepare for a perfect game.