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Why do I play golf?

Discussion in 'General Golf Talk' started by IrishGolfer, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    I've been a bit hard on myself recently with some of my recent scores. :mad: I was reading an article the other day and it made me think. Why do I play golf? I came up with a few tenets. I'm not sure why but by posting them here, I can come back and visit them every so often to remind myself why I play this game.

    Feel free to add or take away what you want.

    • I don't play golf for a living. Win, lose or draw I will enjoy my time on the course. It beats work and affords me some time on my own to ditch the pressures of everyday life. I am not going to add further or new stress into my mental being through the process of trying to get a ball in a hole.
    • I will enjoy the game regardless of the company. Played with other people golf should be a social activity played in good spirit
    • I learn the game with every swing of the club, good or bad
    • I can enjoy the competive nature of the game, competing against my personal goals and against those I play with. But the outcome should never affect my enjoyment of the game or those I play with.
    • I get from the game what I put into it. Practice, equipment, preparation all help me to improve, but all of these do not automatically mean that I deserve to benefit every time. I should be patient and understand that golf, like life has it's ups and downs. You play well some of the time, but also realise that bears do come along for periods of time.
    • Controlling my behaviour and emotion should be the same both on and off the course.
    • Honesty and integrity are tenets of this game I strongly adhere to. Play by the rules only, no exceptions.
    • Everything I do on the course is directly attributable to me and no-one else. Both good and lousy shots are the direct result of me coping with the mental and physical process of whacking a ball. I can take the slaps of success and failure squarely on each cheek
    • Club ho'ing will not make me play any better. It may enhance aspects of my game and make me feel better, but ultimately the knowledge that the margin between a £10 club and a £1000 club is minimal in the context of the game
     
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  2. Silver

    Silver I don't have a handicap.

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    Awesome IG. Very good thoughts.
     
  3. Rockford35

    Rockford35 Shark skin shoes Staff Member Admin

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    Well said, IG.

    However, I disagree here:

    "Club ho'ing will not make me play any better. It may enhance aspects of my game and make me feel better, but ultimately the knowledge that the margin between a £10 club and a £1000 club is minimal in the context of the game."

    This pretty much destroys the very fabric of my explaination for ho'ing as an illness. You're fueling the better half's fire that I'm a moron for spending money, and not the addicted, unstoppable leetch that I blame on a dependancy.

    And for these reasons, I think you're wrong here. :D

    R35
     
  4. bdcrowe

    bdcrowe ST Homeland Security

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    Here's one I'm working on:

    For each hole/round I play, I need to distinguish between goals and rewards. Par, birdie and eagle are not goals, they are rewards. "Play this hole to the best of my ability"-- that is a goal. There will be another opportunity to reach that goal a hole/round from now.
     
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    VtDivot SLIGHTERED Supporting Member

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    Maybe you should append the following


    * I must accept the fact that no matter how hard I try SWMBO will find a way to be pissed at me for playing golf. This is a sacrifice I choose to make and can live with during the golfing season.
     
  6. bdcrowe

    bdcrowe ST Homeland Security

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    That's odd. It's only about once a month that my wife gets antsy. Kinda cyclical...
     
  7. bdcrowe

    bdcrowe ST Homeland Security

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    IGs post gets so deep to the core of this game that Shot Talk celebrates, that it is now stickied. Kudos, IG for the remider.
     
  8. Bravo

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    Everything I do on the course is directly attributable to me and no-one else. Both good and lousy shots are the direct result of me coping with the mental and physical process of whacking a ball. I can take the slaps of success and failure squarely on each cheek...


    I love this one...and I wish I could get some of the guys I play with to read it also.

    They will hit it into a bunker and not be able to get the ball out. They promptly blame the superintendent for having too much sand in the bunker...

    They three putt or worse and blame him for having the greens too low.

    About six years ago, a tornado passed over the course and we lost 225 trees in the span of about 45 seconds. Slowly but surely we are planting new trees for generations to come...and when one of these players finds himself blocked by one of these little trees (maybe only 8-9 feet tall) - he shouts...."Who planted that tree there??"

    Two of us were talking about such behaviour last Sunday morning...one of the guys said he saw Raymond Floyd playing in a US Open once where he had a really bad fried egg in a bunker. As Floyd approached his ball - a fan remarked about his "bad luck".

    Floyd looked up and said, "I'm the one who put it there"...

    Great Post IG...I hope this becomes a sticky...very much like Golf in the Kingdom....
     
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    Good points IG. The one I may find an exception is this:
    Honesty and integrity are tenets of this game I strongly adhere to. Play by the rules only, no exceptions.
    If the ball is resting above a tree root, I'll move the ball (asking others before though) without penalty, since I don't want to ruin my beautiful blades :)

    Here, I'm adding others to why I play golf, and not why I should play golf:
    - I play Golf for the sheer competitiveness of the game, with and against other players. Playing team matches is a whole lot of fun.
    - I play for bets or money. Some may feel stressed, but the game is actually much more enjoyable because you battle it out until the very end, where inevitably, one will pay the rounds of beer and everyone will get good laughs.
     
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    Bravo Well-Known Member

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    Loop:

    I love your post...this characterizes the groups I play with...we Always Bet (something)...It really Does add to it!

    So you walk away from the table a bit lighter (or a bit to the good). I really like this and virtually never play without a wager.

    And we Do follow the rules, except those situations like you described with the treeroot.

    I have played in many tourneys that followed the ROG without exception and I respect the ROG as issued by the R&A/USGA...but for a "friendly round" relaxing some of them makes it better for everyone. What we do not relax is things like lost balls...if it you hit one OB - you must retee and we do. I did this last weekend and it cost me a DB which really hurt.

    On the other hand, I had a ball which was literally touching the trunk of a large tree, resting between two roots. There is no way I could have made a blow on the ball without smashing the club into both the trunk as well as the root. So my playing companion (on the other team) said, "Move it away two inches". This at least allowed me to get club on the ball...(I still had to hit out into the fairway sideways)...
     
  11. bdcrowe

    bdcrowe ST Homeland Security

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    Mr Bater and all,

    In my opinion this thread wasn't stickied for easy access to arguments. It has been split so that the original intent of the original thread/sticky can remain intact, yet you guys will have a platform to continue discussion.

    Thanks.
     
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    I don't have too much to add, but I will say I enjoy the feeling of personal achievement when I play a good round of golf. I'm the only one swinging the clubs. So, as far as normal team sports go, the feeling of "winning" is all mine. Now winning for me is when I break 90. I hit an 87 the other day, I was pretty damn happy.


    :smilie_tm
     
  13. Farquod

    Farquod Short Game Tragedy

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    With apologies to JFK, I think one of the reasons I play the game is because it is hard. It is a fickle game, difficult to master. Whenever you think you have it sussed, it smacks you in the back of the head and reminds you that you don't. Just look at Tiger. Gotta make it better. Oh yeah? Vijay. 9 wins last year, struggling this year. Worse, look at Miller, Ballesteros, Duval. They all had it figured. Oy.

    Kinda like life, no?
     
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    the Anomaly fairways & greens

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    Because I'm addicted and love the fact that golf is a thinking man's game.
     
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    DaveE The golfer fka ST Champ

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    I've never given much thought before to specifically why I play.

    I know I love the challenge. I know I'll never master the game and I know I'll never stop trying.

    I know I love the feeling I get when I hit a shot exactly like I intended. It must cause a release of endorphins in the brain because the rush, while brief is incredible.

    I enjoy the time spent with friends and away from the stresses of the day.

    And I know if it ever stops being fun I'll find a new way to spend my free time.
     
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    If you can'yt enjoy 4 hours in the fresh air playing a game then you don't deserve to play well.Anyone fortunate to live a life on this earth that includes the income and time neccessary to play golf should enjoy every minute of it.We are part of the lucky 2% of people on this planet able to do this.

    Thats my 2p.Golf is a privilege,enjoy every minute of it.Its not important,family,kids and life are important,golf isn't.But its a damn fine privilege all the same.

    Enjoy it.
     
  17. caddyshackgolf

    caddyshackgolf Be The Ball

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    Wow, I have read what IG posted once before but I am so happy I decieded to read those today. I just got back from a absoutley terrible round. I got a 65 on a par 36 9-hole course. I haven't done that since I first started golfing. And I got mad because of how bad I did and how I have been doing the past month. I just can't seem to have a good round. I have been getting mad and trying to hard instead of giving 110% and having a good time I was just being plain hard on myself and giving 95% then getting more mad and this cycle continues. I am going out to play that same 9 this evening in about an hour because a friend asked me to play. (I have a membership). So tonight instead of getting mad im just gonna laugh and have a good time. And remember why 3 years ago I start this game. Why did it start because it was so much fun. I could only go once a week when I first started and I would beg my parents for more rounds of golf and things. And I would get really excited about going out and playing. So tonight I am going to do the same thing. I am going to go out there and just have a great time doing what I love to do with my friends. And right now I can't wait to go play. Thanks IG for posting this.



    :D
     
  18. SilverUberXeno

    SilverUberXeno El Tigre Blanco

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    I'd say, it's the fact that ONE bad shot makes you think "Okay, next time, I'm going to beat this score by a stroke because I'm NOT going to do that." Not sure what'll happen when you don't hit a bad shot.

    Lion Forests.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about that, to be honest..!
     
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    SilverUberXeno El Tigre Blanco

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    Hah, I suppose so. Well, I've thought more about the topic, and I must say, there are some experiences you have when you're golfing that you just don't forget.

    My friend Josh (my partner 90% of the time) and I were on the last hole, about 140 yards long toward the clubhouse and the little minigolf course. Josh is a big fellow, 6'3" and probably 220 pounds. He tees up with a 7 iron. Best shot he ever hit, but.. not in the way you're thinking. It went over the green, another 20 yards of carry, and landed IN the mini-golf course. Thank goodness no one was hurt, but, WOW.

    Another day, another course with Josh. A 165 yard hole through a line of trees off the tee with a good view of the green. This is our favorite course, and I hit a high 7-wood and overshot the green by about 10 feet. There's a steep hill on the other side that slopes toward the green, but my ball stuck somehow. Go Figure, especially since I hit green with that club nearly every time on that tee. Big Josh, he tees off with his aged 7 wood, and it hits the slope to the left of the green. It bounces, and rolls onto the green. It continues to roll, toward the hole. Rolls.. rolls.. disappears. Hole-In-One.

    He still shot a 60 on 9 holes, which we agreed was nearly as impressive as the hole-in-one itself. He shot a 59 on 8 holes. I had a 44 that day, but I didn't have a hole-in-one.

    Can't get holes-in-ones in football, huh?
     

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