It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie
In an attempt to test Mr. Carnegie's philosophy, I thought about golf today, instead of what I don't have, who I am not, where I haven't been or what I am not doing. To that end, I thought that I'd go to the range to hit some balls.
I bought a medium bucket, which contained 52 balls. Of the first 42 balls I hit, 38 of them were well struck and almost all of those were blasted, going much farther than my balls usually do (presuming that the distances on the range were properly marked). For example, I usually hit my hybrid 190, but today three of my hybrid shots appeared to go 220. I was crushing them.
But then, when it came time to hit my driver, I didn't have a rubber tee, didn't want to go to the pro shop to get one since a kid was waiting for my stall, and so I tried to finagle a tee out of a Chapstick tube. It worked fine for the first ball (which I bizarrely sliced), but on the second ball the tube disappeared into the distance, leaving a slimy smear on the green practice mat.
So I'm calling it a 42-ball bucket and calling my practice session on the range a huge success. I've never struck balls so well.