Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
islandersfan1

Why do you play golf?

63 posts in this topic

I play because I find it fun and I think it's a great opportunity for scholarships/college. Other people play to get away and others to relax. Why do you play golf?
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Because its easy to get, but hard to master. It provides an opportunity for lifelong learning and I'd like to see how good I can get. Plus you don't have to be physically gifted to play. And you can drink beer on the course :) it's really got everything.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excellent reason to get outside and enjoy the summers, hard to master, exercise.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

originally took it up to spend some more time with my father, now i do that but mainly to relax. its all about the sunglasses, shorts and sun

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can see why people take up golf in middle age. After leading a life where you burn the candle at both ends in your early twenties, and maybe play more intense sports. Life gets to the point where you have demands on your time and lots of responsibility so you need a sport that provides a juxtaposition to that. For me golf fits that description it still provides a sporting element and the challenge of improving your skill. Also though it relaxes my mind out in the fresh air and a golf course celebrates how beautiful a landscape can be when its tailored for a purpose. Oh and its like legal drug taking who needs a fix when you have a white ball and a stick:)
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is noting as pure as a well struck golf shot -Roy MacAvoy (tin cup) I love being outside on the courses, I love how it is a game against yourself, I love how much fun it is to play with other people, I love the challenge, and I love the reward. There are a millions reasons I play, I truely love the game of golf. I even enjoy just going outside and practicing hitting shots, just love the feeling, it relaxes me. To me, it is an unparalleled experience where every hole has the potential to be the best of your life.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I play it for the endless challange.  No matter how good you play, you could always be better.  I also play golf because the ups and downs of a round and dealing with those things teach you a lot about yourself and teach you a lot about dealing with adversity that transfers to learning how to deal with the ups and downs of daily life.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's the only time in the week that my mind clears itself from thoughts of work, bills, finances, wife and kids! Once I'm faced with a nice looking fairway and look down to see my ball on a tee, the world disappears, my troubles are replaced with grass, my problems are replaced with the sky, and my worries are replaced by the breeze in the air, it's a form of meditation for me at the moment, a blissfully spent few hours of fun and challenge with friends! And as I putt out on the 18, we shake hands, look forward to the next time... and life sadly resumes! ;-)
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Because I'm an idiot who enjoys emotional pain, suffering, and embarrassment.  I know of no better way to inflict them upon myself than by playing this silly game!

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

It's better for me than my previous hobby, sitting around drinking beer. Though I guess all that changed is the scenery.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I play golf b/c I no longer can play my favorite sports (boxing, tennis, basketball, soccer, ...) without risking my well being.  I broke too many bones playing physical sports and golf seems to be much safer one to play.

... and all of the above.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Hmmm...............spending 4-5 or so hours outside on a beautiful day whacking a ball around in a wonderful, quiet sedate piece of real estate.......vs...........8 hours at the office trying to get through the day without p&%%ing any one off.

I choose golf.......

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why do I play golf....

2 reasons.

The first one is my own saying...I can't find any other form of self abuse I like better than golf.

The second one is by Hardy Greaves from the Legend of Bagger Vance....

"It's the greatest game there is.  Ask anybody. It's fun. It's hard and you stand out there on that green, green grass, and it's just you and the ball and there ain't nobody to beat up on but yourself; just like Mister Newnan keeps hittin' himself with the golf club every time he gets angry. He's broken his toe three times on account of it. It's the only game I know that you can call a penalty on yourself, if you're honest, which most people are. There just ain't no other game like it."

It truly is the greatest game there is.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Because I'm an idiot who enjoys emotional pain, suffering, and embarrassment.  I know of no better way to inflict them upon myself than by playing this silly game!

[quote name="RickK" url="/t/69826/why-do-you-play-golf#post_894203"]Why do I play golf.... 2 reasons. The first one is my own saying...I can't find any other form of self abuse I like better than golf. The second one is by Hardy Greaves from the Legend of Bagger Vance.... "It's the greatest game there is.  Ask anybody. It's fun. It's hard and you stand out there on that green, green grass, and it's just you and the ball and there ain't nobody to beat up on but yourself; just like Mister Newnan keeps hittin' himself with the golf club every time he gets angry. He's broken his toe three times on account of it. It's the only game I know that you can call a penalty on yourself, if you're honest, which most people are. There just ain't no other game like it." It truly is the greatest game there is. [/quote] Both of these stand true of me. And, I love that movie!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to have other hobbies - playing guitar, riding my motorcycle, mountain biking, etc.  But each of the friends I did that stuff with sort of dropped out of it or moved or something and I found myself doing these things alone - or really just kind of not doing them anymore.  So I took a mental inventory and realized that several of my friends played golf.  Off to the PGA superstore I went and got a used set of G5's.  Practiced a little and started playing.

Then two of my buddies moved, one joined a private club I can't afford and another 2 of them had kids.  Now I play by myself or whomever they pair me with.  But I can't stop.  Always feel the need to be out there.  Not exactly sure why.  But I can't wait to go again.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2017 TST Partners

    PING Golf
    Leupold Golf
    Snell Golf
    Talamore Golf Resort
    Lowest Score Wins
  • Posts

    • These are myths that I hear a lot. Some are just eye rolling trivia but some can hurt. 1. Tour pros continuously vary their shot shape based on hole demand. Not true. They have one predominant shot shape they play almost all the time. Only when in jail or extreme condition do they actually try anything out of their comfort zone - which is smaller than most folks think. 2. Tour pros are like swing doctors. They know everything there is to know about the golf swing. Nope - they are simply phenomenal listeners and executors. 3. You must understand the swing in it's entirety to learn and become better - Yeah, good luck on that path.   4. To have lag just hold the angle of the shaft to forearm until impact. - Lag is a result of good mechanics and club position and path. Can't force it. 5. You must have a superlight grip pressure (2-3 on a scale of 1 to 10) to hit good shots. - While white knuckling is just bad, you do need more grip pressure than you think.
    •   The problem is the twitter length version, get it as close to the hole as possible, is easy to read as, hit the longest club.  Really the argument in LSW (backed by stats), is around a multi-faceted risk assessment.  Simplifying less than the twitter version, hit it as far as possible without bringing "too much" risk into play.  The long version is basically a law of total probability argument, where you assess the probability of various outcomes with each current shot choice, and weight them by the average shots to hole out given each outcome, and choose the lowest. For example, you're sitting at 250 on a par 5.  You go through the potential outcomes of an 8i and 3i and estimate average shots to hole out from each: on target, slightly off target, chunk, blade, in jail, in hazard, open look but super penal rough, OB, whatever.  Then you think about the chances of these outcomes, and calculate the total expected score from each choice. The point in LSW is that you can't go through a bunch of equations for every shot, but if you're accurate about your average shot dispersions across clubs, then the typical bogey or better golfer is often overestimating the increase in risk from going for the longer shot, and underestimating the decrease in expected number of shots to hole out from getting it closer. The rule of thumb is that if there's not something in the layout that is a big risk at the longer distance but not at the short one – so in your case lateral hazard or big fairway thinning or big fairway bunker or much or penal rough or the like that starts at 75 yards out – then generally your lower expected total score is from hitting the longer club.  The strokes you lose when you do hit an errant long iron but wouldn't have hit an errant short iron are more than made up for by the strokes you gain from having an approach half as long when you don't hit an errant shot. Of course, it's always case by case and player by player.
    • I've been working on changing that for two years!
    • If this is true, then club fitting would be purely entertainment also and make no difference.  We could all use different clubs every time we played with no measurable effect on our score.  I'm not so sure all the time, money and effort that has gone towards studying the benefits of club fitting and developing custom club programs and fitting carts and training techs how to conduct a club fitting session would have been spent if it's all just "entertainment". Now, will there be a huge difference between the e6 and e7 for the average player?  No.  They are both 3 piece distance balls with the same type of cover, so the differences are not huge.  Noticeable, but not huge.  The difference between an e6 and a Pro V1 though will be dramatic.  And the number of players that played the Pro V that have been recommended the e6 are in the tens of thousands.  Not only is there a difference in the performance of those balls, but when you factor in the tendencies of the player the results can be substantial.  If a 10-15 yard gain won't have any affect on the average player's score, then you wouldn't mind if you had to give up 10-15 yards of distance off your drives and 5-7 off your irons, correct?  How would it affect your score if you had to tee off 25 yds  further back on every hole?  I'm guessing it would cost at least a couple of shots. Can @iacas shoot 75 with his wife's clubs?  Probably.  That doesn't mean that the equipment doesn't matter.  He would certainly need to make adjustments in his swing to hit them, which is hard to repeat precisely, so it would limit him from playing his best.  
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Dragondrake
      Dragondrake
      (57 years old)
    2. Mistabigevil
      Mistabigevil
      (36 years old)
    3. Taylor56
      Taylor56
      (61 years old)
  • Get Great Gear with Amazon