bear-duf1For those of you who didn’t watch 8 hours of PGA golf on Sunday, the overtly nonchalant and laconic Jason Dufner is your new and unlikely champion.

You might not be golf-whacked like me, but there’s no way not to love this guy.  My writer brain relates to so much of his outlook.

Like how I feel when I read Margaret Atwood and Mary Karr:  “I don’t think I have as much talent as a lot of other guys do.”

Or when I listen to Cheryl Strayed and Stephen Elliott at a conference:  “To succeed I have to do a lot of different things.  I need to be stronger mentally. I have to prepare harder and smarter. I have to maximize my equipment. I have to do things other guys don’t.”

Or the pangs I get every single day while writing this memoir:  “You have to be honest with yourself, which is not easy.”

Or why I’m so ridiculously obsessed with biographies and memoirs:  “I’m fascinated by the question of who makes it and who doesn’t. Who plateaus and who reaches his potential. Most of the time it has nothing to do with physical ability. It’s usually mental. It’s about desire, focus, work ethic. All the things you can’t see.”

And maybe my favorite Dufnerism of all:  “I don’t like stress because stress stresses me out.”


In related news, it took The Duf, big tweeter that he is, to get me into the Twittersphere.  I may not do much tweeting myself, but I’ll be following The Duf as well as — finally — what’s going on in publishing.  Funny what can get you to join the party.


7 thoughts on “Dufnerisms

  1. Josey

    i’m with you on nearly all these fronts excluding watching golf. and forget me trying to play. of all the sporting activities i’ve done in my life, none made me as angry as golf. seriously, i was a mess after just going to the driving range. it was a short-lived experiment in practicing patience for me.

    also, I’m so glad you wrote this because it reminded me of a NPR Science Friday episode that I wanted to send you but forgot until now. It’s Phil Mickelson talking about the science behind his swing and how stats play into what he and his trainer learned know about his golf game: http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/07/26/2013/phil-mickelson-takes-a-swing-at-science.html

    1. Teri Post author

      Thanks for this link. I hadn’t seen it yet.

      And I hope you’re finding a minute to get to the tennis open in Cincy!! Looks like a great tournament — all of the big players are there, getting ready for the US Open — and so many open seats. 😉

  2. Averil Dean

    Oh, that sweet lil’ Duf. He’s pretty wonderful. Not as much fun to watch as Adam Scott, for obvious reasons, but I do get a kick out of the club waggle.

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  4. Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

    Oh my God–These are fabulous! It’s like he–and you–read my mind!!

    So, what’s your Twitter handle? Not sure if I’m following you yet. My Tweeting is even less commendable than my writing, but I’m trying to stay in the game.

    1. Teri Post author

      I’m one whole week into reading the twitter feed. @terilynncarter

      This morning I woke up to see that Mary Karr had “favorited” and “retweeted” something I said. I can retire happy.

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