Thursday, July 5, 2018

Book Review: Zilosophy on Golf

I always want to know why people do what they do. Why do successful people do this, or even evil people do that? I don’t always care what they’re doing, but love to know their reasoning. With this in mind, I began reading “Zilosophy on Golf” by Michael A. Zildjian.

Zildjian is not a licensed therapist - a point made in his bio. What he is is a deep thinker with a philosophy on a lot of things … one of which is golf. One line in his bio spoke to me: “He’s just a dude you want to have a beer with in hopes you might get some needed perspective on life - or a good laugh. Or both.”

“Zilosophy on Golf” is a quick, easy read with each chapter being set up as a hole. At the end of each hole, there’s an evaluation you can perform on your own mental game. Rate yourself from Eagle if you’ve nailed that aspect of your game (and/or life), or drop strokes all the way to Double Bogey if that part needs massive attention.

The opening chapter is perhaps the most important. Basically, it’s telling you to swing your swing. Take a look at Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino or Jim Furyk. No instructor would teach those swings, but they work (really well) for each of these men. Stay true to your swing.

While the following chapter seemed to counter its predecessor with a warning of reinforcing bad habits through poor practice, it’s really emphasizing the importance of coaching ... and productive practice.

I won’t go through a chapter-by-chapter breakdown, but will tell you “Zilosophy on Golf” touches upon everything from rolling with the ebbs and flows of your ever-changing game to behaving better on the course (don’t be an ass).

Golf is a difficult game. Life can be even more challenging at times. “Zilosophy on Golf” weaves nicely in and out of both. Read each chapter and give yourself a score for each area as you finish. Consider the “Pro Tip” for how to improve and take the “Practice Drills” (for par or worse) to heart. I feel as though I’m in a really good place - with both my life and game - but there’s always room for improvement and time for self evaluation.

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