News: Combat Center Marines, sailors tee off at Vintage Club
Story by Cpl. William Jackson
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Some choose to call golf a sport while others will fight to the death to say otherwise. Regardless of any personal opinions, golf is a mental game. When things are going right it’s tranquil and peaceful.
Players drive the ball straight; they hit the fairways and can sink a putt like a professional. On the flipside, when things go wrong during a round of golf it becomes a raging battle inside their once-cool and collected mind.
Players begin to overthink. They make small adjustments to their swing, change their stance and power through the ball instead of having a solid, fluid motion. Concentration is key whenever it comes to golf and mind-over-matter plays into every opportunity during a game.
Playing against your own strengths can make golf unlike the peaceful game it’s known to be. Each stroke is different, just like each course is different. The mentality behind a round of golf is what makes the average player grow.
To counteract any of these things some players kickstart their golf mindset by dressing the part of the aforementioned golfer. Does it work? Maybe.
Forty Marines and sailors from the Combat Center exemplified just that, a mixture of veteran players and some teeing off for the first time. One thing they all had in common was they dressed the way they thought golfers do.