Stay with it

I have posted on the subject of follow-thru before. Yesterday, I was reminded of the importance of it again as I played both golf and softball. As a round of golf goes on, it becomes more important to “stay with it” during your swing. It’s very easy to start a swing and not stay focused all the way through anyway, but as you get tired, focus breaks down faster. The same thing in seen in softball. I was pitching for our team last night. It’s easy to start well and then fade as the game goes on. A few pitches start to wander and at that moment you have to regroup and refocus to “stay with it.”

This is true in every aspect of life. It takes more effort and intention to remain focused all the way through the longer you are involved in something or when tired. We all know that rest and health are important both physically and spiritually. These help us to be in the right position to carry all for the long run. But, focus is equally important. Sometimes, we need a laser like focus on the task or initiative of the moment. Just like swinging a club or pitching a softball requires a blocking out of everything else for the moment, many times we need to ignore the distractions and tune out the noise.

Someone asked me how professional golfers do it with all the cameras, fans, and pressure of a tournament. I haven’t experienced that level in golf by any stretch, but I imagine it is like anything else. In the moment of the swing they become unaware of everything else except making contact with the ball, and they “stay with it” all the way through the swing until the ball is in flight and they too become a spectator.

The task before us is way more important than throwing a ball or swinging a club. We must focus and we must “stay with it” all the way through to completion. Too many quite early and miss out on the reward. It takes energy, intention, resolve, and discipline. It is worth every bit of it.

What are your thoughts?


  1. Afterthought–it also helps to have a good caddy that will help you carry your junk and encourage you along the way. One that knows a little about the sport and won’t give you a sand wedge on the green.

    Okay, I think I’m done now.

  2. Focus and follow-through are important, but only if they are practiced consistently. You can keep your arm straight and have perfect posture, but if you only golf on Christmas, Easter, and Mother’s Day, you’re still going to slice it darn near every time. Heck, going out to the clubhouse once a WEEK isn’t going to get you on the PGA tour. It’s consistent study of the sport and putting the principles you’re learning into practice that make you great.

    Of course, some of us are still trying to figure out what on Earth a 9-iron is…

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