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Take the Carl Sagan approach to your game

Carl Sagan more associated with his work on the cosmos than sports, has some great advice on blending an openness to new ideas with a healthy skepticism. Although he was referring to science I believe the same approach could be taken to your golf game.

You must remain open to new ideas and opportunities to learn however don’t believe every tip, suggestion and piece of advice you stumble upon. To be self reliant and have total understanding of yourself and your golf game is an ideal worth of striving for. As Bruce Lee said.

Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.

I will leave you with the wise words of Carl Sagan (above)

It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas. Obviously those two modes of thought are in some tension. But if you are able to exercise only one of these modes, whichever one it is, you’re in deep trouble.

If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You never learn anything new. You become a crotchety old person convinced that nonsense is ruling the world. (There is, of course, much data to support you.) But every now and then, maybe once in a hundred cases, a new idea turns out to be on the mark, valid and wonderful. If you are too much in the habit of being skeptical about everything, you are going to miss or resent it, and either way you will be standing in the way of understanding and progress.

On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish the useful as from the worthless ones. If all ideas have equal validity then you are lost, because then, it seems to me, no ideas have any validity at all.

Some ideas are better than others. The machinery for distinguishing them is an essential tool in dealing with the world and especially in dealing with the future. And it is precisely the mix of these two modes of thought that is central to the success of science.

At best I hope this helps you and your game, at worst I hope it makes you think for a little while at least.

All the best,


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