Every golfer needs inspiration. Whether you are trying to win the Desert Dubai Classic or the Belton Woods Weekly Stableford, belief is key. Some people look to Rudyard Kipling’s epic poem ‘If’ when they need a dose of courage.

Read this classic piece of writing through the link below, it will send shivers of the good kind right up your spine:


If you don’t have the imagination to see how the poem is relevant to golf, observe my re-working below. All together now…

If you can keep your head when all about you
are watching you from the clubhouse,
If you can trust yourself when your foursomes partner doubts you,
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait for the painfully-slow group ahead of you, and not be tired of waiting,
Or being lied to by a nine handicapper who says he plays off eighteen, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated by a greenkeeper for churning up divots colossal, don’t deal in hating,
And yet don’t play too well, nor think too wise:

If you can dream of a Club Championship – and not make dreams your master,
If you can think about winning after just four holes – and then start playing poorly,
If you can meet with eagle and quadruple-bogey
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to think back on how you should have chipped out sideways,
“a little five iron underneath that tree” – a trap for over-ambitious fools,
Or watch the perfect scorecard, ruined,
And try desperately to weave more magic with worn-out Titleist tools:

If you can eye-up the green 205 yards away over the lake,
And risk a penalty drop by hitting the metal three,
Plonk it in the water, take the drop, start-again two club-lengths infront of the hazard,
And never breathe a word that the ball you lost was a Pro-V1;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn after four three-putts in a row,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you,
Except the unrelenting-desire to throw your putter in the pond.

If you can play with a useless beginner and keep your virtue,
Or walk with pros in pro-ams – nor lose the common shank,
if all holes and all courses can hurt you,
and if all scorecards haunt you, all too much;
If you can fill the next unforgiving four and a half hours,
with 270 minutes of ball-searching, “Fores” and fun,
Yours is Golfing mediocrity and everything that comes with it,
And – which is more – you might just find a Ladies Pinnacle, my son!

By Ross A. Fox


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Avaflutter on March 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Brilliant, love it, should be published in every Golf Club Web Site!!


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