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We Love This Game! ... Right?


Golfingdad

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I've never watched the Family Guy so when this popped up on my Facebook feed the other day, it was the first I'd seen of it:

I found it hilarious, partially because, well, it just is, and partially because I know some people with the same attitude as the guy there.  They claim to love the game yet appear from the outside to hate it.  They play golf whenever they can, practice when they can't play, watch the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, or Web.com Tour (and would watch the local am tour if it was televised) when they can't practice, and when none of those are possible, they are cleaning their clubs or shopping online for a new hybrid or chipper or training aid sure to knock a stroke or two off of their handicaps.

Seemingly every free moment is spent obsessing over the game they love ... except for those 4 hours on the course.  Those 4 hours are spent shanking and cursing and chunking and cursing and slamming clubs and cursing and asking rhetorical questions to the air, and, oh, did I mention cursing???  It's gone beyond the point of confusion to sheer amusement at this point.  The only part that still frustrated me a bit is knowing that it can be changed.  I used to be a little bit like that.  I've broken at least two clubs during a fit of frustration over the years - and thrown countless others - but over time I've come to realize that this game is not to be taken that seriously.  That's why it's called a game.

On those days where everything is seemingly going wrong, I'm now able to laugh it off and remind myself that even if I'm not going to break 90, there is still probably nothing else I'd rather be doing with my free time.

On the other hand, if I'm not going to break 100??  All bets are off and those clubs might end up in a lake.  As Kevin Costner once said so eloquently in Bull Durham ... "$%&^ this $&^%ing game!"

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I see the swing and golf more as a puzzle to be solved than a score to be reached. The thing is I'm not sure if the puzzle is solvable given my parameters but soldier on as we do. 

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I see the swing and golf more as a puzzle to be solved then a score to be reached. The thing is I'm not sure if the puzzle is solvable given my parameters but soldier on as we do. 

Yes, we all know what a solved Rubik's cube looks like, but we each start with a different jumble of mismatched colors. Maybe some of us got a factory reject that can never become a solved cube, but we can fake it by doing the first couple rows! Maybe that's good enough and we can hide the jumbled up top in the palm of our hand?!  

Look- a decent score in the low 80's!! :beer:

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You just put into words exactly how this game effects me and obviously many others. If not for nearly everyone who post comments on the TST, I would seek therapy for how much effort and thought go into trying to solve the "puzzle".

As is the case with human nature, the more difficult something is to achieve, the more reward there is when we experience a little success. With golf, the process or "journey"  IS fun... mostly.

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That is hilarious.  I don't really get that upset, I love it and enjoy playing it.  Sunday I was on a roll for a bit, hit a nice drive in the middle of the fairway on a par 4 ten yards in front of the 150 yard marker stick for 160 to middle of the green.  The grass was really wet and mucky, I took my 5H, made what I thought was a perfect practice swing, set up, swung and struck the ball in a way it made a pitch mark two inches in front of where it had been and bounced back and hit me in the shin.  If I tried 10,000 times I could never hit that shot again, my partner and I busted up laughing, wished we had that on tape.  Third shot 160.1 yards from the green, same club, hit it nice and pulled it a bit into the bunker on the left hand side.  I was frustrated but I didn't let it get to me too much, its just a game and we were out in nature surrounded by trees with deer all over the course.  

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They play golf whenever they can, practice when they can't play, watch the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, or Web.com Tour (and would watch the local am tour if it was televised) when they can't practice, and when none of those are possible, they are cleaning their clubs or shopping online for a new hybrid or chipper or training aid sure to knock a stroke or two off of their handicaps.

You left off....they read golf forums when they should be working...... 

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I see the swing and golf more as a puzzle to be solved then a score to be reached. The thing is I'm not sure if the puzzle is solvable given my parameters but soldier on as we do. 

I like that visualization!  Except, of course, it has to be the type of puzzle that can never really be "solved" ... like a 10,000 piece landscape jigsaw puzzle or something.  Eventually we'll get the whole border done and those of us with a lot of patience might get the more contrasting parts of the bottom half done where the flowers and the animals stand out.  Heck even Tiger Woods can't figure out the whole sky portion where it's just 500 blue pieces. ;)

That is hilarious.  I don't really get that upset, I love it and enjoy playing it.  Sunday I was on a roll for a bit, hit a nice drive in the middle of the fairway on a par 4 ten yards in front of the 150 yard marker stick for 160 to middle of the green.  The grass was really wet and mucky, I took my 5H, made what I thought was a perfect practice swing, set up, swung and struck the ball in a way it made a pitch mark two inches in front of where it had been and bounced back and hit me in the shin.  If I tried 10,000 times I could never hit that shot again, my partner and I busted up laughing, wished we had that on tape.  Third shot 160.1 yards from the green, same club, hit it nice and pulled it a bit into the bunker on the left hand side.  I was frustrated but I didn't let it get to me too much, its just a game and we were out in nature surrounded by trees with deer all over the course.  

Cheers to you for this.  This is the type of attitude that I have been attempting to adopt as well.  No bad shot is bad enough to take away the enjoyment of being out there with your friends or family with nature! :beer:

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On the other hand, if I'm not going to break 100??  All bets are off and those clubs might end up in a lake.  As Kevin Costner once said so eloquently in Bull Durham ... "$%&^ this $&^%ing game!"

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I have seen Family Guy a few times but not a regular watcher.   I had not seen this one, very funny.  Probably because we all know people like that.

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