Last weekend, I played golf at a local country club because I had been told it was in very good shape.
I had never known this course to be in particularly bad shape, but this information got me onto the tee box. I found out it was true; unfortunately, my skills weren't quite good enough for me to appreciate all of it.
After going six-over par through the first four holes (which is pretty good for me), I commenced to triple-bogey the next three. Looking back, I know exactly why.
Starting with the par 4-fifth, I began my unsavory habit of hooking my shots. Then there was the over-hit chip shot, followed by an under-hit flub on the next hole.
That was also the hole on which I lost my ball in someone's yard (apologies if you found it). And finally, a three-put on the next par 3 just really boiled my blood.
I realized that a lot of my problems simply came from my inability to truly allow those bad shots to fall off of my back. It's not enough to just say 'OK, that shots done. Let's make this better.'
You have to really take a step back, remember how you did it before, and then believe you can follow through. It's a lesson my dad tried teaching me when I was just a teenager with some new irons, and I'm still trying to learn it today.
In contrast, I went home that afternoon and spent the rest of the weekend watching the U.S. Open. I specifically remember texting my dad that Dustin Johnson had a good chance of winning at Chambers Bay, simply because of his demeanor.
While other golfers were complaining about the greens and visibly reacting poorly to the unfortunate bounces or rolls they got, DJ just seemed to take it in stride.
The cameras showed him walking up for his late tee-time in the third round, and you'd have thought it was just another day on the range for him. Despite Chambers Bay being one of the most difficult and frustrating U.S. Open courses in recent memory, Johnson stepped up to take it on, cool as a cucumber.
Perhaps on that last putt that completed Jordan Spieth's comeback victory, Johnson was too relaxed. But, he still got there.
And Spieth's ability to overcome the course was obvious. At one point he yelled out in frustration that he was on one of the stupidest holes he'd ever played. But the calm youngster just took it all in stride.
Looking back at this week, there were a lot of opportunities to be frustrated, both for myself and for many of you. In fact, there will always be reasons to get mad.
But to take a lesson from a game that, I believe, mirrors life better than any other sport, it's always important to just let that stuff roll off your back and truly out of mind. Otherwise, you might end up like me and just keep hooking shots, frustratingly prevented from getting to where you want to be.