I continue to be fascinated by the virtual and sometimes very personal ways that top athletes, especially PGA and LPGA Tour golf pros, are available and share themselves online.

I’ve been remiss in sharing an article that I wrote for Sierra Golfer that featured my Golf Twitter List and the Twitter exchange that I had with the LPGA’s Christina Kim (response shown here… I asked how she kept her good spirit while playing golf on TV etc.). Needless to say I was touched by both Christina’s response as well as her responsiveness.

Just this week, following the win by Louis Oosthuizen at the British Open (a.k.a. The Open Championship) I sent “the champion golfer of the year” a note of congratulations via his website and both pointed him to my blog post about his win and asked if the steadiness of his swing helped him overcome the pressure that he so amazingly overcame.

Using what I’m guessing was a ‘correspondence secretary’ or some other assistant from his management company, ISM, as an intermediary, I actually got an apparently authentic response from Louis (even though his answer turned my question around). The emailed response read:

Hi Jon, yes I think it did – I felt really calm the whole week and I’m sure that transferred into my swing. Will take a look at the blog when I have some time! Cheers, Louis.

Pretty cool, eh? Thanks, Louis!

The second note I wanted to make quickly doesn’t have anything to do with me directly, but I was touched by the personal share by Scott McCarren following his challenging Sunday as both leader and host of the PGA’s Reno-Tahoe Open. In addition to his openness following a less than stellar performance, I just loved the quote he posted from Michael Murphy, the author of The Kingdom of Shivas Irons. I loved the quote so much that I just had to post it for you here. Enjoy & more soon. (and please keep those comments coming…)

“Golf is a game to teach you about the messages from within, about the subtle voices of the body-mind. And once you understand them you can more clearly see your ‘hamartia,’ the ways in which your approach to the game reflects your entire life. Nowhere does a man go so naked.”
— Michael Murphy