Archive for June, 2016

George Tkalych understands what golf is really about. For most it is a game of skill and precision, a decent way of getting some fresh air and exercise, and perhaps good fun. Though all of this is true, for the avid golfer, there are other dimensions to this gentleman’s game, ideas that are focused more on the inner self.

George Tkalych

George Tkalych

Golf has long been applauded as the game of gentlemen. This is not simply because it is often played by successful professionals and the wealthy, but because it has strict etiquette attached to it. There is no tolerance for rudeness or poor manners, and thus is an excellent sport to develop respect.

But the game does go deeper than this. Unlike many other sports, golf is based on precision to the smallest degree. A golfer’s swing can improve by increments, with the slightest move creating a vast difference in outcome. This is one of the reasons why this is a game is considered a sport of focus and patience.

This focus also feeds into the concentration that a skilled golfer must possess. Concentration is an absolute must on the fairway and green (and of course the rough), as the golfer must be at one with body and ball, taking in everything around him to hit that perfect swing. For many who play, the practice can be somewhat Zen.

Ultimately though, it is a game of humility, and a sport that you play against yourself. Other sports are competitive in nature, with teams charging at each other with a ball flying around, or two contestants trying to launch a ball past each other. While golf certainly has a competitive element, and people do play with and against other, as well as in tournaments, it is ultimately a game about your personal best. The other people do not affect your game when you are out on the course (aside from maybe pressure), and each swing can be measured against the last.

Some people find these deep lessons in life in many different places, and there are a great many that find hidden virtues in golf every day. There are in fact books and websites dedicated to the concept, like The Zen of Golf, by Joseph Parent; which may help to explain to non-golfers why so many love the game so much.

George Tkalych is one of those that has a deep association with the gentleman’s game. With over twenty years playing the sport he has learned humility, patience, gratitude and sincerity; all qualities that he finds deeply important. Which is why people like him keep going back out there all through the year – to see what else they can find.

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