Don’t Do Stupid Stuff!

Don’t Do Stupid Stuff!
by Dr. T. J. Tomasi, Keiser University College of Golf Senior Faculty and Director of Research

TJ Tomasi

The great players like Snead, Hogan, and Nicklaus never put their “gift” in danger by doing stupid stuff.

Snead said he never lifted anything heavier than a petticoat so he never risked injury.

Nicklaus loved tennis but stopped playing during the golf season because the overhead striking action was detrimental to his golf swing. And Hogan – well Hogan, who seemed mature by the time he was seven – was far too smart to do stupid stuff with his body.

In this age of two-second phrases that serve to justify doing dangerous “stupid stuff”…’you can’t live your life in a bubble’ is typical.

This justification is the talking point of a fool. Witness the NY Giants footballer who blew off his finger with fireworks.

Ask nascent superstar Jay Williams, the former second overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft, about his choice to ride a motorcycle – he suffered a career- ending injury.

The list of bad choices is long and driven by the ‘getting out of your bubble to experience life’ rationale. Here are a few more “stupid stuff” examples:

“I’m spending next weekend BASE jumping – it’s my first time, but what a kick to climb up the side of a mountain then leap off the cliff in my spider-man outfit!

Or…
“What a break – my friend knows this disbarred Sherpa who’ll take me on a solo night climb up Mount Everest – he says the secret is to climb with no ropes because they just slow you down.”

Or….
“I think I’m going to love hang gliding; they say it’s so peaceful up there at 5000 feet with no engine noise to break the spell” (ah, that’s because there is no engine).

Or…
“I don’t want to live my life in a bubble, so I looked up bull riding; it sounds like fun, but it’s all so new to me – what does a “five skull rating mean?”

Or…
I just got a trampoline, one of those small ones – it comes with a full set of instructions on how to do all the flips and somersaults – it looks really easy in the brochure.”

Or…
‘In the off season this year I’m going to Syria and train with the Kurdish Peshmerga. My life coach says it‘ll be good to get out of my bubble and meet new people in a new culture. How dangerous can it be – our opponents fight in their pajamas?”

Or…
“There’s a try-out for an MMA tournament, and I think I’ll give it a whirl – they say it’s great for hand/eye coordination – (his hand with your eye).

Of course I’ll have to get some tattoos – how about one of a golfer on crutches with the words “He got out of his bubble.”