Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rub of the Green

The pleasure of getting to do something that you are really passionate about is absolutely uplifting. These days I am experiencing that pleasure.

About five months back, fate and my boss took me to the driving range of the Noida Golf Club for a lesson and introduction into golf. Well, I used to tell all the usual golf jokes and up until then regarded it like an old man’s game and something that people do so that they can be networked and make contacts etc, so I had to be cajoled and pushed a bit to go and try out the game. I did not know then, that this day would have such a massive impact on me.

All through my teenage years and early adult life, I was a sportsman. I used to play Badminton very well till a combination of injury; studies, commonsense and the need to become “something in life” took over completely. The results was that the last fifteen years or so were more or less devoted to work and family only, regrettably in that order. I realize only now that a huge hole existed in me for all these years because I was totally detached from sports. Because I have always strived very hard to improve and equip myself to do my work better and better and also found the journey challenging and enjoyable (I love my job you see), I could never understand or articulate this hole. I kept dismissing this as something “that must be happening to every one else” and kept pushing it away but it just kept getting bigger and bigger.

I now realize what that hole was, I am able to articulate it to myself and I am able to fill it…with Golf!

I am not a morning person and I find it very difficult to wake up early in the morning. Anything earlier than 7 am for me has been impossible. However, since starting golf I get up every day at 5 am and by 6 I am on the range or the course and action has already started. If I find myself alone and not engaged in work or fun, I quite often find myself visualizing my swing. The temptation is too strong sometimes to shadow practice the swing and I can be quite a sight in queue or while waiting for an elevator. I am trying very hard to improve my game and practicing by taking out time from sleep and a few other things to get better and better at the game.

I realize that I need to do this. I need to play a sport. I need to engage my mind and my body (the system) in and against an environment where I can plot play and win. I need the intoxication of victory and pain of defeat. I need that to keep myself going and I need that to fill my hole. Golf, helps firstly because you play the game more with yourself and the conditions more than anything else and secondly because it has a strange magnetism that is difficult to explain.

One of the things that I took time out from in order to play Golf is writing and the other is reading. This partially explains why I have not posted anything in a while. But I do not regret it at all, I know that something has to give way…after all it was the rub of the green that got me here, now I need to make every shot count.

15 comments:

SunnyBlueSky said...

hi dev...welcome to the brotherhood :o)

knowing u, u will reach the single digit handicap in no time....

all the best....

Dev said...

thanks buddy

Mohit said...

very well written. I agree with every word of what you say and relate to it. iss game mai jadu hai!! you end up day dreaming...swinging in thin air...not realizing that people are watching you!! see you on the 18th for a play-off!!

roli said...

This has to be totally awesome...confessions of a slightly reformed workaholic?? :)

Dev said...

ahem ;-), ya thats rite roli

mohit - maaza aa raha hai dost !

Anonymous said...

Great to hear that you have a new passion. Just don't neglect the older one (writing)!

Abhimanyu

Durgesh said...

arey this is miracle...not only you must be dreaming about the way you should have hit the shot...but you are actually getting up in the morning to work on it....
couple of year back when i got introduced to golfing through a friend...it was the same for me :)

Anonymous said...

Dev,

.......not to mention that the greens are a great place to do business and cut deals.....nothing like an entertaining a client on the links...

Kudos to you.....I recollect what a mean badminton player you were and I am completely confident that your golf handicap will improve in a very short period of time...

Fore!

Sri

Dev said...

Thanks Sri - Nice to have you back. I was wondering where we lost you along the way !

Anonymous said...

Knowing you so well I am happy that you love what you are doing.So it comes as no surprise to me that you wake up at unknown hours in the morning to be on time at the greens.
I am not keen to know your handicap details but I am sure you will hit the headlines in this game when others with a handicap will pitted against you.

Sudham said...

Hey Dev...nice to note that one passion substituted the other...talking about passion..have this friend who has made earning 1 ATP point his mission in life!!! Keeps playing tournaments that will give him a chance to play a tournament that is part of the circuit. Not made it yet but who knows....Always have saluted that kind of spirit..So here's to 1 digit handicaps and seeing you participate in some high flying executives tour!!!!

Mridula said...

I so very well understand this. TT is no golf and I am sure I do not have as hectic schedule but be 5.30 in the evening and TT it is, still everyday.

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