Trying to convey that the sport was more than just a game – and that you didn’t have to win in order to be a winner – appears to have appealed to a wider audience than just my family and close friends.
Describing the golf course as a “training ground for life” and illustrating the key points behind that suggestion with genuine, occasionally amusing anecdotes helped readers to put their game into a different kind of context.
Also, and despite several claims to the contrary in the book, its content has apparently helped to improve games and scores on golf courses across the world.
Fellow golfers have been keen to share their thoughts on the book as well as their own experiences – mostly (and sneakily) when I’ve been trying to focus on my own game, but I’ve also been approached in meetings, in pubs or at events that have absolutely nothing to do with the sport.
What have been most surprising are the anecdotes involving yours truly I have had to be reminded of and the consequent lessons for life that had been absorbed. I thought I’d given everything in “You! A Golf Guru!” but it turns out that wasn’t the case.
I don't think there's enough new material for a second book (well, not yet anyway), so I thought I'd use the blog instead to publish some new stories and ideas that may improve your life both on and off the golf course. I hope you get something out of them - even if it's just the occasional smile.
And if they trigger memories, anecdotes and thoughts of your own, then I'd love to hear from you!