Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Butterfly Effect

My golf game seems to show a trend like the butterfly effect.

What's the butterfly effect you ask?

The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that ultimately cause a tornado to appear (or prevent a tornado from appearing). The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different.

Source: Wikipedia

To illustrate, today I had another very solid round going until number 12. I struck a fine shot from the par-3 dead into the wind, left myself a 15 footer for birdie, and promptly left it 6 feet short then missed the return. That's an awfully bad 3-putt but was caused by a mental lapse. Unfortunately I knew walking to the next tee that little breeze from the butterfly can have tornado-like effects on my game's stability. Much like those poor bastards in Kansas right now, the storm started.

I made two doubles after that in the next three holes. The details were boring, the results infuriating. I walked off 15 in a state of "Monkey-tilt" as my poker friends would refer to it. While we had a few minutes to wait on the 16th tee, I stormed around making hard driver swings through the air attempting to vent my rage to re-focus. I admit I slammed the club once, dragged it across the concrete a bit, but generally slashed the air.

It worked. I finished -1 for the next three holes.

I think that's something I'll have to work on this year... realizing when minor bad events can cause major turbulance in an otherwise smooth round and evading its effects would prove very effective in saving me strokes, which ultimately saves or makes me money.

Speaking of Poker. I haven't played much lately unfortunately. Once in a while you'll see me sitting at low limit Pot-Limit Omaha on Full Tilt Poker, but generally the Toast-man is too busy to play right now. That doesn't mean i'm not reading up on some fantastic poker blogs lately though.

Here's Pokerletter. It's a poker blog. They're good at covering the politics and current events in the poker world. You know, the sort of stuff that I have no time to look up lately haha. I mean cmon, you've got to be dedicated to your art in order to generate posts like this poker news.

I mean, no doubt i'm still a poker fan. Hell, i'm dying to go play at the casino with Ryan the gambling golf pro, but time is money these days, and I never did crawl out of 200NL at a highest level so I guess I've got serious poker on hold.

Watch out for butterflies when you're cruising through life.


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