Tune into The Golf Channel and every other commercial is for a new driver that "will add 40 more yards to your distance," or a new putter that will "run straight and true."
I remeber first starting out I walked into pro shop and asked if they had any used ladies' clubs. The pro said, "We don't get many ladies' clubs, mostly men's. The men think it's the clubs while the ladies know it isn't." But do they?
I have a friend who has bought at least a dozen clubs in the last few months. Everytime she goes to an all day golf fair, some salesman convinces her that if only she used their club, her game will improve.
This reminds me of watching the marathon in the summer Olympics. I'm sure there are many runners who are sporting $300 running shoes, equipped with the latest technology. Yet invariably in the top five, if not crossing the line first, comes a runner from Kenya or Ethiopia, running barefoot.
The truth is equipment can help, but it's the person using the equipment that makes it. After all, many pros use the same clubs, yet twenty out of a couple of hundred consistently win.
Isn't life the same? Don't we sometimes blame other people or circumstances for our troubles, when it is us all along? The lesson is to take responsibility for those shanks or misses in life, change your swing (or behavior, or mental attitude) and follow through. And, oh yes, don't quit.