I Write About Golf. Here’s Why.
My friends ask me why I play golf all the time. They can’t understand why you’d want to spend 4 hours walking around hitting a white ball in a little hole on Saturdays and Sundays. On top of that, many of us golfers take things a step further with midweek practice at the course during the summer and cold evenings at the driving range in the winter. I’ve been asked this question so many times I thought I’d put into words why I’ve fallen in love with this great game…
1.It is all up to me
While golf is mostly an individual sport, there are team situations such as Nassau matches and inter-club competition, but mostly it is you – on your own – against the course. If I decide to go out the night before a match and play badly I only have myself to blame. Sure you have good luck and bad luck on the golf course (the rub of the green), but my performance and scores are the result of the practice and work I put in, and not a teammate who can hardly see because he is still drunk from last night!
2. Practice makes perfect
“The more I practice, the luckier I get” is a quote that has been attributed to many people, but I always attribute it as something Gary Player said. Generally speaking – if you put more time into your golf practice, and practice the right things – your scores will improve. There are so many parts that make up a golfer such as putting, chipping, pitching, driving, bunker shots, flop shots and on and on. You practice one thing a lot and improve that area, but something else will go south – which is why you need to practice in the right way to see your game as a whole improve.
3. Beautiful scenery
Before I played golf I used to sit in front of my computer for 16 hours a day. I’m not going to claim I was working this entire time, but either way it certainly isn’t healthy for anyone to do that! Now that I’m playing golf I get outside to breath fresh air, see lots of nature, and be close to water (although hopefully not too close!). Now I can easily go an entire weekend without touching my computer. On Mondays I now start a new workweek with a renewed attitude.
4. Socializing and friendship
Although in most competition where you play against each other and the golf course, you still have 2 or 3 playing partners who join you for the round. Four hours of golf will lead to many opportunities to get to know who you are playing with better, and I’ve make some good friends and business contacts from spending time on the golf course. Of course there is plenty of time for socializing in the bar after a round of golf, as well as other social activities taking place at the club that members can join in on.
5. Good exercise
Golf is a great non-impact exercise. Seven thousand yards equals around 4 miles, which is a good walk in anybody’s book (unless you ride a cart). It’s not advisable that golf be the only exercise you take part in, because you’ll certainly need some anaerobic exercise such as running or swimming to get your heart rate up.
6. A great challenge for all ages and abilities
Golf has to be one of the most accessible sports going – apart from maybe darts or fishing! (Are they really sports?) How many other sports can a 10-year-old tee it up against an 80 year old, and by using the handicap system, have a great competitive round of golf! One of the things that attracted me to golf was the fact that it is a sport I can take up now, and if everything goes well still be playing in my eighties. What other sport has a handicap system that allows a relative newcomer to golf give a seasoned scratch player a good game in a competition?
7. You do have time for it!
I added this in at the last moment because many of my friends think they don’t have time for it. Friends claim they don’t have four hours over the weekend to spend on golf – BULL! When I play golf first thing in the morning I am back home by noon. If you were to go out drinking on a Friday night you probably wouldn’t be out of bed by that time! Maybe your priority is to go out and get drunk all weekend, but don’t tell me you don’t have time for golf!
So how about you? Why did you get into golf and what keeps you coming back to play this great game?
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