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post #1 of 30
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So, went down to Miami to visit Zip. We played at Crandon. Now, when I say we "played," what I mean is that we were in a foursome and the boys actually played nine and I only played a bit and drove the cart because I'm not actually a golfer. I do own clubs, but that's a story of its own. We also hit the driving range a bit first. I must say, when I actually hit the ball I hit it pretty well. I mean, for a novice who was only using a six iron. I suck at putting, but we'll get around to that later. For now, just hit the ball.

 

Anyhow, fun time. I think I could learn to like golf with more exposure. Very hard to play where I live. The only public course I know of around here is an RTJ Trail course that is nearly two hours away. The rest are private and I'm afraid I'm just not the country club type. 

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Originally Posted by Moxie Dawn View Post
 

So, went down to Miami to visit Zip. We played at Crandon. Now, when I say we "played," what I mean is that we were in a foursome and the boys actually played nine and I only played a bit and drove the cart because I'm not actually a golfer. I do own clubs, but that's a story of its own. We also hit the driving range a bit first. I must say, when I actually hit the ball I hit it pretty well. I mean, for a novice who was only using a six iron. I suck at putting, but we'll get around to that later. For now, just hit the ball.

 

Anyhow, fun time. I think I could learn to like golf with more exposure. Very hard to play where I live. The only public course I know of around here is an RTJ Trail course that is nearly two hours away. The rest are private and I'm afraid I'm just not the country club type.

 

Long time no hear!

 

Give Zip our best and tell him to check in every now and then.....

post #3 of 30

Glad you're considering golf.     I play with my wife once a week - we started about 3 years ago.    We enjoy it alot - she calls it our golf "dates" - LOL.     You don't have to be a low hcp to enjoy golf - once you get the basics down after a few times on the course, you'll enjoy it ALOT more.    If you haven't already, do some internet research on local golf courses - it's too bad if there isn't anything closer than 2 hours away.     Keep us posted ...

post #4 of 30
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Oh, I know you don't have to be good. We were playing with one fellow who sometimes hit the ball well and sometimes...no. There were holes he just gave up on. But I know he was still playing golf and loving it out there, so nothing wrong with that. The other guy we played with was a caddy and those kids are just smart. Cute too. I must say, for any ladies reading, there isn't a caddy at Crandon who isn't a little hottie.

post #5 of 30

Lemme add my perspective to Mox's posts -

 

First off, guys, she's a natural. Her swing is athletic & she takes a good cut at it. Good weight transfer. She was hitting a teed-up 6 iron on the range 120-140 yards. Yes, putting is an issue - she was addressing the ball on putts as if it was the 6-iron...too far from the ball. I got her to get eyes over the putt, rock the shoulders. But as we all know, putting is all about touch and feel. She'll get there.

 

So off we went on the front nine. Mox just rode along until we got to #3, a 180y par 3 over water, but from the ladies tee it's like 130 not over water. Here's a pic of the hole -

 

 

 

She pulls out her 6-iron and makes an, ahem, 'practice' swing with it (a whiff). Her next swing she proceeds to thread it between the two bunkers guarding the front of the green and puts it on the fringe. Good shot! From there...let's just say she needs to work on her putting. :)

 

Play was slow, and she didn't really have the opportunity to hit any more shots, so she started caddying for me. And I noticed by the time we got the #5 she was sitting in the driver's seat of the cart. So she drove the rest of the way.

post #6 of 30

Wish my wife would take to the game.

 

I think.

post #7 of 30
I have been wanting my fiancee to get into the game. Apparently the thought of coming golfing with me is horrendous as she struggled to sit through me popping 50 balls down the range.


One can dream.
post #8 of 30
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I would suggest this.

1. Get her a Sunday set. Women who aren't golfers are not interested in a giant bag of clubs. It's too many.


2. Trade interests. I realize your company alone should be all the incentive she needs, but sometimes a trade is in order. How long have you been begging out of that wine-and-painting thing that is all the rage now? Trade.

3. If she does well, give her a prize. Not golf related.

Now you have given her every reason to give golf a truly fair shot and a true effort. By the time all that is done, you may have a golfer.


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post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by Moxie Dawn View Post

I would suggest this.

1. Get her a Sunday set. Women who aren't golfers are not interested in a giant bag of clubs. It's too many.


2. Trade interests. I realize your company alone should be all the incentive she needs, but sometimes a trade is in order. How long have you been begging out of that wine-and-painting thing that is all the rage now? Trade.

3. If she does well, give her a prize. Not golf related.

Now you have given her every reason to give golf a truly fair shot and a true effort. By the time all that is done, you may have a golfer.

 

Wine and painting....

 

Golfing alone isn't quite so bad. :whistle:

post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by CarlSpackler View Post
 

Wish my wife would take to the game.

 

I think.

 

I play golf because it guarantees a certain amount of time each week away from my wife.

 

We have plenty of time together!   ;-)

post #11 of 30

Yep, start playing.  I say this around here, (ducking) but my wife is pretty much my favorite golfing buddy anymore.  You have to love a girl who rolls 2 hybrids from the fairway and comes back to the cart screaming, "where the hell is that BEER LADY?!!!"

 

And how lucky am I to be able to schedule vacations for us that include golf and gambling and come out looking like a hero? 

 

Take up the game.  Your husband will come around sooner than later!

 

dave

post #12 of 30
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Wine and painting....

 

Golfing alone isn't quite so bad. :whistle:

I was just thinking the same thing, Hahah

post #13 of 30
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Lol, you boys...
post #14 of 30
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Originally Posted by Moxie Dawn View Post

Lol, you boys...

 

Believe me when I say that my wife is much happier in a mall than a golf course. She shops. I golf. Then we have date night. ;-)

post #15 of 30
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Originally Posted by CarlSpackler View Post
 

 

Wine and painting....

 

Golfing alone isn't quite so bad. :whistle:

 

LOL, LOL... :beer:

post #16 of 30
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Well sure. You have to understand that someone is either a golfer or not. But I have always felt that if you care for someone or love someone, you MUST care at least a little for their passion. You must. It is a part of their soul. If you love them, then you must give at least a passing consideration for what fires them. Now for you boys? Yes, you must consider that your lady might have a strong passion for the flowers in the yard. The fruit trees. Some particular hand bag (Kipling, Zip.). But I truly believe that if she loves you back, she will play. She will at least go to the driving range. Any woman who doesn't indulge you in the thing that fires your soul isn't a good woman. 

post #17 of 30

My wife went to the course with me once years ago and rode around in the cart. Bear in mind, the only golf she sees is on TV. After about 6 holes, she looks at me and says, "You suck honey." I was probably a mid 20 handicap at the time, but that was about it for her golfing with me. We do a lot together, but golf won't be it.

 

p.s. - We are celebrating our 19th anniversary later this month so it's all good.

post #18 of 30
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One thing I can say about actually playing golf (sorta) for the first time is that my impressions of the game are different. A couple years ago when I was visiting this forum there was a thread that talked about how you can get more people into the game, and dispelling some negative impressions people have is a good start. So let's go over those negatives and I can tell you how my experience erased them.

 

1. Golf is only for rich people. OK, well Zip volunteers as a player assistant at Crandon, which means we played for free. One of the guys we played with does the same thing at both Crandon and another course, so he plays free at two different courses. I'm sure that sort of opportunity exists at many places which would make it more affordable for a lot of people who think the expense is just out of their budget. And I had no idea you could actually rent clubs instead of having to invest in a set without knowing if you even like the game, so that's good too. 

 

2. Golfers are a bunch of snobs. When you watch golf on television and the commentators are all whispering and Tiger is pissed off because somebody made a noise it can be easy to get this impression. But those guys are pros playing for a lot of money so it's more serious. Regular golfers like you guys and Zip aren't like that. Not that you don't observe all the etiquette of the game (which I don't know yet), but it came across to me as a very casual sort of game in many ways. You play a few holes, maybe you do well and maybe not, you drink a beer, you chat with your group while you wait on the slow people ahead of you. There is nothing snobby about it. I'm sure you can run into a jerk or two doing any sort of sport, but everyone I met out there was friendly and helpful and it didn't matter that I didn't know what I was doing. 

 

3. It's too hard; I won't have fun. Well, you may end up deciding you don't like golf, sure. And yes, it is hard to be "good" at golf. But like I mentioned, that one guy we played with even gave up on a few holes he wasn't playing well, and it was OK. Was he still having fun? Yep. You don't have to be any good at all to enjoy it. And I would even recommend giving up on a hole when you're a novice rather than risk slow play and hold up the next group. You don't even have to keep a score card. 

 

Those are the big three reasons I can think of that might deter someone who has never played from giving it a shot. As golfers, it is up to you guys to dispel those myths. I would also suggest that the courses have some "So you never played golf?" events. Free or low cost. Probably a lot of courses do that, but I don't know. Just a day for novices to try their hand at it. Makes you feel better when other people are stinking it up too. No pressure. The ones who like it will come back. 

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