Everyone loves an underdog, a comeback, an unexpected win, but who determines success? Society? organisations who set the standard? Or is it the individual who set themselves a personal goal?
American Ed Furgol had an accident in his youth fusing his left arm leaving him with a “crooked” hand. In a fantastic story which some would imagine being the stuff of Hollywood legend, Furgol took up golf to help with the ‘disability’ (society’s term, probably not Furgol’s!) & by adopting his own grip & swing, he went on to become a major champion winning the US Open in 1954, along with 6 other PGA Tour titles during his career.
So, Why do I love this story? Not just because of his comeback from adversity, which has made his win famous…but because of his attitude.
The ability & determination to find his own innovative way to play the game is the highlight. It is proof that golf is not just about a series of powerful ball striking but also having the imagination to uniquely fashion your personal stance to proppell the ball hundreds of yards ahead of you.
We can all take heart in his achievements. Furgol discovered his talent not by developing an ‘unconventional’ route, rather, it was his interpretation of a successful combination of movements that got him to his goal.
There are many components you could attribute to a win or even personal success…. It can take time, you may need to be patience & you will need practice…but it is waiting to be achieved.
To quote a classic line from Henry Ford ‘whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right’ Furgol found his way…what’s yours?