He didn’t have the fashion of Ian Poulter or the swing of Tiger Woods, but the talent he had was one of a kind. They didn’t call him the Golden Bear for nothing, but because he never seemed to be at hibernation. He was always awake and yet his white golf balls seemed always to find the cup.
Nicklaus, one word speaks for itself. Nicklaus is the synonym of golf. He knew every aspect of the game, yet he didn’t use cameras or technologies. Jack Nicklaus mastered his sport, he was the man to beat. When he won, it was the greatest joy of his life. When he lost, actually he never lost, but always gained.
What he witnessed was a year after year after year of excellence play, great drives that always seemed to find the fairways and iron shots he hit were perfectly struck to reduce high colorful rainbows. Blind or deaf, you can feel his gorgeous putts going in, holed more when he had to have it the most. The fingertips are not gone from the cups he touched and hold every year. He saved the best for the biggest moments. He had the attitude a golfer must have, the swing he felt it was his own… his approached shots were pin point accurate and his sharp looks proves that Jack Nicklaus never dreams of these things, he remembers them.
He stood on the tee knowing that his ball will fight its way to the flag, and he knew he would get it in whether he had a putt that was a 1 foot or 100 feet. “I told you it will go in….” he used to tell his caddy. It was his enthusiasm of the game that helped him collect his greatest achievements.
Jack Nicklaus with no doubt had it all. It was not only his physical practice that put him on the top of the world but also his mental practice.
His famous quote was:
“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in focus picture of it in my head. It's like a color movie. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes and I see the ball going there: its path, trajectory and shape, even its behavior on landing. Then there is a sort of fade out and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality."
He was a player who didn’t count golf as a job but as a game he wants to enjoy. He was a champion and still is. Jack Nicklaus created a lot of excitement in the game, he counted on his talent and what he has learned over time.
The Golden Bear came to a rest after climbing all the mountains in the world, he was a force to be reckoned with, but after all there is a time for new players… youngsters.
Jack Nicklaus has left a touch on every course he played in and on every cup he touched. This touch will never go; it will glow more and more.