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Why Do You Play Golf?

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17 hours ago, phedrick said:

Why do you golf?  What is it about golf that keeps you coming back?  One of my regular golf partners is a psychiatrist.  After a really bad shot off the tee I made, I said I need to make an appointment with you to find out why I seem to like torturing myself... After his less than stellar shot off the tee, he turned to me and said 'Like I would know'..... LOL 

I ask myself this question a couple times every round lol.

But I love the social aspect, being able to get together with friends, regardless of skill level. I love being outside and the competitive aspect, even if it's just with myself. I love the never-ending quest for improvement and the way that a terrible day can be salvaged on the 18th hole.

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It fulfills those masochistic tendencies without the physical pain......

Better than sitting on my ass watching re-runs of 70 westerns...

Fills the need to be competitive with the goal of trying to play each round a little better.  Still working on this one..  LOL

It's a sport I can still participate in, even with the physical problems I have. 

Enjoy the socializing and meeting new friends..

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The feeling of hitting a well-struck golf shot is a feeling that is hard to get in most other things I do. I suppose that back in the day it is sort of like that bullet slap shot into the top corner of the net or a line drive into the gap. My hockey and baseball days are over, but once in a while golf offers me that feeling again.

Over time, the golf course and the people that frequent it sort of become your community. That's why it was hard for me when my home course shut down. I'm still trying to settle in at the new course. Still, you get to know the pro, the regulars, the bartenders and cart girls.  It's an important feeling of connection for a lot of us.

The two combine to make it hard to think of doing anything else with my free time.

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Every round, there are 6 or 7 great shots.  I'm under the assumption that one of these rounds, a couple of those 6 or 7 shots will be struck consecutively.  And gradually, will become more than 6 or 7 a round.  I play golf to see if i can keep improving on that number.

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My dad was a tea planter and tea estates in Assam, India, during the 1960's and 70's encouraged golf and tennis.  My folks started playing before I was born and when I two or three my dad had the factory carpenter carve me a golf club out of a piece of wood.  That got the juices flowing but I got hooked around the age of 11  when I first took lessons in Zambia and have been playing on and off ever since.  To date it is the most addictive sport I have ever played.

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I wasn’t sure how but the first few times I tried golf, I kept hitting the balls behind me. I did not give up because my father-in-law (played his whole life and was once a scratch golfer) commented that I was hopeless🙄 So I wanted to prove him wrong...and I did.

I enjoy playing now because of the solitude. Also because it is an individual sport that I am only responsible for my own game. 

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4 hours ago, CarlSpackler said:

Nope. She came back before Father's Day, and she bought me a $65 bottle of bourbon for my birthday. This doesn't have anything to do with her. I think in years past when I had a membership to a course, I would just go out and play a few holes on a weeknight if nothing else. I just haven't been in the mood to go fight the masses I guess.

I was just kidding.  Glad you got to enjoy the bourbon.

I just love being in the wide outdoors listening to the birds chirping.  I also love a challenge of trying to improve my game.  Of course the golfing gods have other ideas.  In that sense, I am like Job of golf.  🤣

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I golf because I have more time and money than I have brains, and I don't have much time or money.

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3 hours ago, FlyingAce said:

I wasn’t sure how but the first few times I tried golf, I kept hitting the balls behind me. I did not give up because my father-in-law (played his whole life and was once a scratch golfer) commented that I was hopeless🙄 So I wanted to prove him wrong...and I did.

I enjoy playing now because of the solitude. Also because it is an individual sport that I am only responsible for my own game. 

Hi Ace:

How are you?

In Gee Chun (LPGA) and a few other LPGA/KLPGA pros got into golf because they were laughed at by their father's friends at the range....similar to your experience.

So tomorrow is your last day at Tanoan (sp?)...are you gonna miss it?....I will because I won't read anymore of your DRAMA posts....and I LOVE DRAMA.😁

Your handicap dropped again......You'll need to give me 3 strokes when we play for skins...just sayin.😂

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58 minutes ago, Mr22putt said:

Hi Ace:

How are you?

In Gee Chun (LPGA) and a few other LPGA/KLPGA pros got into golf because they were laughed at by their father's friends at the range....similar to your experience.

So tomorrow is your last day at Tanoan (sp?)...are you gonna miss it?....I will because I won't read anymore of your DRAMA posts....and I LOVE DRAMA.😁

Your handicap dropped again......You'll need to give me 3 strokes when we play for skins...just sayin.😂

It must be a cultural thing to make fun of new golfers🙄 I could have easily given up golf and missed out on the fun! 

I am actually still at my old club for July. All members are getting club credits equivalent to dues paid in April, May and June but I have to be an active member in July to receive/use the credits...

My handicap dropped a tiny bit...pretty sure it will go up and down as I start playing more golf!

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All my buddies played, and since I quit boozing (unless I or someone in my group in a hole in one) it's a way to hang out with the boys and they can drink, and I can abstain. Not to fun sitting at a bar sipping diet Pepsi. Now I'm hooked on getting better. 

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12 minutes ago, DuckDuckFoose said:

All my buddies played, and since I quit boozing (unless I or someone in my group in a hole in one) it's a way to hang out with the boys and they can drink, and I can abstain. Not to fun sitting at a bar sipping diet Pepsi. Now I'm hooked on getting better. 

That's real good.

Usually, my golf game drives me to drink more.

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Why did I start playing golf or why do I continue to play?  I'll answer the 2nd question.

Golf allows me to hang out with friends while participating in a fun endeavor.  If my friends are unavailable, I can play alone or meet some new people.  So many sports require a team or opponent.  Golf plays against the course much of the time.

Here in the Mitten, we can play almost year round.  It is interesting to experience the seasons and seasonal changes to the courses.

For someone closing in on 68, golf offers a mild workout while walking 18.  While I enjoy tennis and skiing, the stress on the body and risk of injury is a lot less playing golf.

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