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These 5 Items Will Have You Looking Like a Golfer, Even if You’re Not

These 5 Items Will Have You Looking Like a Golfer, Even if You’re Not

You have finally been invited to participate in the company golfing tournament to help benefit a local charity. For years you have dreamed of being invited to play golf because, for businessmen, being invited to play golf represents status and acceptance. After spending so long trying to prove yourself, you have finally been given the key to open the door. But there’s only one problem, you’ve never played golf (unless you want to count that one time you beat your dad on Wii).

You are now faced with not only becoming a golfing expert in a matter of days but you have to figure out what to wear, what to bring and how to look as much like a golfer as you can.

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While you may feel like an absolute loser for not knowing where to begin when it becomes to golf, you are not alone. In fact, only 17% of Americans play golf. The household income for the average golfer is right at $93,000, which may show that perhaps maybe the average American is led to believe they can’t afford to play the sport. Numbers don’t always tell the whole story.

Golfing doesn’t discriminate but before you step out to play your first few rounds, here are just a few items you will need in order to look like a golfer, even when you’re not:

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1. Golf Balls

This may seem like a no-brainer to many but when you’re excited about being able to finally play golf among the other guys at the job, it could be easy to forget one of the most important parts of the game: golf balls – and bring plenty. Making sure you choose the right golf ball for your swing is the first step you need for improving accuracy and distance. If you’re a new golfer you probably have no idea where to begin as it relates to identifying the ball that works not only best for you but for your beginner game. Several resources are available that will teach you everything you need to know to make sure you’re ready to tee off the right way.

2. Golf Rangers

If you really want to impress your friends and look like the ultimate golfer then renting a golf ranger would be a great way to start. Renting is suggested over purchasing for a rookie only because you don’t want to make a long-term investment into a gadget you may never use again if your first time playing golf doesn’t go as planned. This global positioning system is the hottest piece of technology in the golfing industry that is being used because of its exact and precise locating system. It is recommended that you become acquainted with this device a couple days before using  it because it requires online compatibility and there’s nothing worse than looking like a golfing failure because you don’t know how to work your equipment. This new and exciting device operates on the principle of measuring the distance from to target to where the device is located.

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3. Gloves

There is much discussion about rather or not to wear gloves or not when playing golf. In early days of golfing many golfers chose to wear gloves to protect their hands from the wear and tear of holding a golf club. Golf clubs have improved significantly over the years. However, many industry professionals suggest that wearing gloves help you gain a grip on the club and help improve your swing in gigantic ways.

4. Proper Attire

If you really want to fit in you’ll want to make sure you wear proper attire. Prior to heading out to the golf course, be sure to do  some initial research to make sure you fit into the facility you will be golfing at. Some courses prohibit jeans and others require that you wear shirts with collards, shorts and or slacks. Generally, golf shoes or other approved athletic shoes are required while on the course.

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5. An Experienced Friend

While friends are not “items,” if you really want to look like an expert, ask your new golfing buddies if you can bring a friend. Bringing a friend can help you if you have questions about golfing that you don’t want to ask out loud and don’t have time to google. Your experienced friend will not only help guide you through your first golfing experience but will save you from the embarrassment.

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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