Do I have a problem if 95% of my day is thinking about golf? - Page 4
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Anyone ever do the "air" practice swing where you grip your left thumb with your right hand as though as the thumb was part of the club while you imagine addressing the ball? My wife caught on after seeing that a few times and now she barks at me for it every time, no matter how subtle I try to be.
As far as the addiction, I think part of it has to do with the explosive nature of a well-struck ball on a full swing. Violence, perfection, serenity, admiration. All addicting feelings.
100% Addicted, I definitely started out that way for the first 10 years or so. I started my addiction as a 9 year old kid and spent too much time drawing golf course designs in class. The worst was my high school sophomore math class. My high school bordered our city muni golf course and from my math class you could clearly watch players hit approaches to the 17th green and then tee off on #18. September through June was pure torture sitting in there watching those old retired guy's getting to play everyday while I was stuck in school.
Marriage, career, kids, home, it all changes your perspective over time. I still love the game just as much as I did when I started 39 years ago but even outside my family and career I think it's healthier to have other interests or hobbies. I've played guitar for 25 years and it's all purely for fun. I might spend a couple hours here and there trying to nail down a tricky lead but I'm never going to lose any sleep over it. In golf I've had my fair share of sleepless nights before a tournament.
These days I go to the range or golf course 3-4 days a week and I've developed a more workman like attitude over the years. Not that it's become a chore or a job but time is priceless when you have a family and when I set aside time to work on my game that's what I'm there for. I love putting on my headphones at the range, drown out the world, and work on my game. It's actually become very therapeutic to me!
So for myself the love and addiction for the game is still there after 39 years but I've learned to turn it on and off when needed. But, yes I will still work on the old shoulder turn at work from time to time,,lol!
"Hi, my name is Alex and I have a golf problem.... Anyone looking for a fourth?"
I slipped into the realm of a full-blown addict last year when I joined a local private club. Joined late in the year and played as much as I possibly could. Of course we now have the worst winter I've seen in these parts in 10-15 years which is causing me to have the detox shakes daily. Golf channel on all the time, online videos whenever possible, clubs are as clean and my bag is as organized as its ever been.
As for my wife, my situation took a bit of a different turn than others as she happened to catch the golf bug last year and is about as hooked as I could imagine. I still catch he'll from her when I play but only because she wants to go as well. Costing me a damn fortune now since we had to completely outfit her but I'm looking forward to even more guilt free time on the course next year.
Hit 'em well, fellas - I'll catch up once all this frigging snow is gone. In the mean time, will see you all at the support group meetings.
This for sure. Well said.
Guys in the office took some time to figure this out... They used to think I had either, a mental or bowel problem... Or a combination of both for a while until I got to know them.
They would look on as I was in the canteen waiting for my coffee to brew... whilst waiting, I would place my hands in my pockets while I proceeded to practice the lower body feel for getting my weight forward through impact....Gentle movements down and towards the target...
Best not to do this unless you tell your colleagues what you are doing!!!! :)
I just lauded out loud picturing this - so true!