Did you happen to catch any of the action from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this past weekend? I just love seeing those golf courses on the Monterey Peninsula, especially Pebble Beach. As I watched a bit of this year's final round, I thought about Titleist Brand Ambassador Russell Henley because, as he told us during filming of our recent Pro Files series, Pebble Beach Golf Links was where he teed it up for the first time in a PGA Tour event. If you haven't heard Russell's story, check out the video below:
Quite a few years ago, just before moving back to the East Coast, I had a chance to play the first 17 holes at Pebble Beach (yeah, not 18, which is a whole other story for another day). It was a bucket-list opportunity and an experience I'll never forget, but what really stood out is how nervous I was playing on that amazing layout.
I felt the same legless feeling that Russell describes in the video, but it didn't subside as it typically had when I'd been nervous or under pressure in the past. I somehow managed to par No. 1, but my hands were still visibly shaking as I struggled to put my putter back in my bag. I tried to calm down, to slow my breathing, but my heart would not stop racing. I had the shakes and Jimmy-legs for a full five holes. Even in competitive rounds I've never felt anything close to it.
How about you? What's the most nervous you've ever been on the golf course? Share your stories in the comments below.