Harold Varner III & Dustin Johnson Share Their Secret to Success
Harold Varner III of the United States reacts with caddies Chris Rice and Ted Scott after putting on the 14th green during THE NORTHERN TRUST at Liberty National Golf Club on August 20, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
No matter what level a golfer’s game is at, how important is having fun in golf?
“Having fun with golf is extremely important. Only a select few get paid to play this game and that likely ain’t you!! So why not have fun? A majority of golfers are paying for golf, even overpaying at some places. My hope is that young golfers & new golfers understand that a golf course can teach them about life. It can help mold relationships together. It can help them be better at life. Most importantly, it’s a great place to get away from the difficult world we live in today. Have a few drinks, crack a few beers, bet a few bucks and enjoy those hours of pure happiness with great people.” - Harold Varner III
“Regardless of whether you’re a world-class player competing at the highest level, or a beginner just learning the game, the idea is to have fun. I learned at a young age that golf is a very tough game, and I was going to hit lots of bad shots. You have to have realistic expectations of yourself and remember that you’re probably going to hit more bad shots than good ones. I’ve spent much of the past few years as the number one player in the world and I still hit poor golf shots every day. The key is to learn from them, put them behind you and move on to the next shot. Once you learn to do that, you’ll not only play better golf, but most importantly, you will have more fun playing!" -Dustin Johnson
“We all have to remember that we PLAY golf, not WORK golf, which should be the constant perspective. When we get stressed or upset or feel the pressure on the golf course, we have to stop and remind ourselves that we choose to do this, we choose to play golf and put ourselves here. Frustration, anger, pressure, uncertainty….these are all intangibles we create internally and by simply reminding yourself that you WANT to do this, should immediately help you relax and have fun.” -Peter Jacobsen