Every time I tee it up on the first hole, someone in the foursome cracks, “Is that golf tee legal?” I reply, “Of course it is. It’s a Brush T and conforms to the R&A and USGA rulings.” At first, I thought these comments were because they really care about the rules of golf. Lord knows golf has some of the most bizarre rules resulting in tour players being DQ’d from major tournaments more times than I’ve hooked my tee shot.
But after months of less than encouraging comments about my golf tee, it dawned on me:
Their questions of the legality of my golf tee were more a statement of most people’s unwillingness to use something that is not the norm.
99.99% of golfers use the standard wood or plastic golf tee that has been used for decades. Deep down, it makes many people uncomfortable when you go against the norm and it comes out in passive aggressive snide comments.
I’ve been using the Brush T golf tee for 2 seasons now. I love it. I think it helps me hit a better tee shot. And that is really all that matters to me. Golf is such a mental game. Having confidence in your equipment is more important than reality. So if I ‘think’ my yellow Brush T golf tee helps me, I’m sticking with it, in spite of the chorus of various jabs I receive on the first tee.
How does this apply to you? Why should you care about my stupid yellow Brush T golf tee?
Because if you want to influence eternity, you need to consistently and tenaciously not listen to or care about what people say to you when you step out of line and pursue something different. If you listen to them, you will be forever living with the masses of humanity droning through life. Living but not really alive.
When you have an idea, a dream, a vision, you need to pursue it with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Seek wise counsel of course. Do your due diligence and research. But never listen to the choir of the masses that want you to stay in line and be average. Never let the ‘Is that golf tee legal?’ questions move you sheepishly back into line with what everyone else is doing.