Character Building

It has been a while since my last post. Much of the time has been spent on putting the finishing touches on the book I wrote about my father Jack Grout. Let me tell you, writing a book isn’t an easy thing to do. At least it wasn’t for me. But, you know what they say – “Nothing that’s good or worthwhile ever comes easy.”

In any case, on May 12, 2011 I mentioned that PGA Tour entourage golf would be my subject in another blog. Well, after sixteen months and a lot more water under the bridge, here goes.

As I’ve watched today’s Tour pros go about their business it seems a bit baffling. Most times I see them out on the practice tee with their swing instructors, putting coaches, sport psychologists and professional caddies. And, waiting near by in the air-conditioned comfort of a furnished tent or trailer, they’ve got their nutritionalists and their physical trainers. The player is rarely alone long enough to learn self-sufficiency or to develop any real faith and trust in himself.     

In the heat of battle, a successful golfer must be able to self-diagnose and self-correct. Occasionally, great “old school” players like Nicklaus, Hogan and Snead have prevailed without firing on all cylinders. At times, these guys emerged victorious even when things had gotten downright ugly. They were able to do so because they learned their game and were able to control what they were doing.

When Jack Grout began teaching the game to Jack Nicklaus, he instilled in his young protege the importance of understanding why he was doing something on the golf course. My father insisted that Nicklaus learn to use his head, not just his golf swing. And, by the age of nineteen when Jack went out to play golf, he didn’t have to keep running back to his coach for answers. Grout taught Nicklaus the nuts and bolts of being independent. My father held the conviction that a little self-reliance never hurt anyone.

2 thoughts on “Character Building

  1. ….so good to hear from you Dick……hope this finds you, Denise and your family enjoying life…..I do miss my chats with Denise, especially about clothes,so give her a big hug… …..please keep me on your list, since I am not familiar with blogging……when the book comes out please let me know the process of purchasing and obtaining your autograph…. Keep up the great work and look forward to hearing from you soon. Bob

    Bob Groote RJG,Inc. 3736 Sand Hill Drive Conyers, Georgia 30094 770/922-9400 Office 770/922-8900 Fax 404/372-2614 Mobile bobgroote@yahoo.com

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