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Thursday, October 27, 2016

WHY GOLF?

WHY GOLF?
 I often hear people make the comment,
“I’ll never understand why someone would spend so much time chasing a little white ball trying to put it into a little hole.”
Now I do understand that sentiment; I often wonder why people sit in a theater and listen to actors semi-sing the lyrics to a story that is done so much better on a movie screen with real dialog, special effects and a really big picture.
Here is the thing about golf, it teaches you much about life.
You Learn:
Life is hard – If just making contact with a club on a little white ball is not enough, golf like life, is loaded with hazards.  Trees, rough, sand, water, trenches…all to test your skill and your temperament.
Practice makes better – Like most of life, there is no perfect in golf.
Keep your head down and your eye on the ball – OK, keeping your head down is not always a good idea in life, but metaphorically it is always a good idea to keep your eye on the ball.
Life is not fair – You learn this when your best drive of the year reaches the water hazard that you thought was out of your range, and you are penalized a stroke for your very best shot.
Karma exist -  You learn this when you hit a horrible shot and it bounces off a tree and onto the green one foot from the cup.
Stay in the now – You are only as good or as bad as your last swing.
Perspective – No matter how bad a player you are, you will find yourself behind a foursome of players that are even worse than you are and taking forever to finish the hole.
Humility – No matter how well you are playing, there is always someone much better…usually in the foursome behind you waiting for your slow ass to finish the hole.
Golfers are the best – I have never met a golfer that was not a really nice person…except for those slow horrible players in the foursome ahead or those impatient asshats in the foursome behind me.

Life should be like golf for this  last one:
Golfers have no race or ethnicity – There are Black people, White people, Asians, Indians, any number of races and cultures, but on the public courses I play, there are only Golfers!  
So, there you have it people who don’t understand golf. 
Now someone just needs to explain to me why I would pay $150 to watch actors pretending to be animals singing every line in the same fake sing-song style of every single musical ever performed, when I could pop in a DVD of “The Lion King” for nothing.

20 comments:

  1. Whatever works for someone. God knows I'd likely be able to get further in my industry if I played.

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  2. All excellent points, good reasons to play golf if you are that way inclined.
    I understand the theatre versus movie thing too, but have to say I did enjoy seeing Cats at the theatre when it came around. But other things, like The Lion King are better as movies.

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    1. Nothing beats a live show, except maybe a hole in one!!

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  3. I think it is an exceptionally clever game that demands lots of skill. And no, I don't play.

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  4. I don't pla,y but spending several hours outside, enjoying the day with friends..sounds great.. (rather be on a boat!)

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  5. loved the trio of 'perspective, humility, and golfers are the best'. wonderful. :)

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  6. I am guessing you are familiar with Robin Williams' bit about the invention of golf. Even so, it is always funny (search robin williams golf on youtube).

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  7. I don't care about golf one bit, but I'm happy that you enjoy golf. Whatever we love to do is a good thing.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  8. Both my father and my brother loved to play golf. It brought them many happy hours on the golf course -- with each other and with friends as well as strangers. It seems to me the world can use more of that ...

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  9. I'm not into playing golf but come to think of it I'm not into much anything else either. My son in law loves it. I have two sons’ that play once in a while. I guess it's what you like to do and glad golfing is one of them. It can help you stay in shape also. Take care. Jean

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  10. I'm sure many folks enjoy golf just as so many enjoy baseball or hockey or basketball or football...all of which are as interesting to me as watching paint dry.

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  11. The power of golf is that one really good shot can make a person totally forget the 90 bad ones.

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  12. Have you seen the play version of The Lion King? It was fantastic!

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  13. I've never played golf (or wanted to), but I like your golf life lessons. To each their own when it comes to how we spend our leisure time.

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  14. I have friends who play, and it's like a religion to them. I've never been interested, but I think that it gets people moving and outdoors, so I say go for it. I do know that some clubs are gentlemen only, and I believe others can vote people in and perhaps discriminate in that fashion.

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    1. I made a point to say I play public courses, some private courses, especially in the past have a poor record when it comes to inclusiveness.

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  15. It's nice that we don't all like the same things. If we were exactly alike, the world would be a boring place!

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  16. I would take it up just to be outside for hours enjoying the sun at some fabulous location like Pebble Beach.

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  17. I have been mad at golf ever since that year my partner and I were not bad enough to win the $50 pot at the annual spring break faculty golf tournament.

    We came in next to last. Out of the money.

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  18. Golf. Not my thing, but only because it looks hard! The best explanation ever to be done about the game of golf is the one Robin Williams gave. Have you ever seen it? You should. It's hilarious.

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