I’m starting this blog because I want to help all amateurs really enjoy the game. Golf should be and can be fun, even if it is hard. I have a good friend who says golf is the hardest game he has ever played. He doesn’t play much. I however, am now a Senior Golfer and playing the best golf of my life. I love the game of golf and have a lot of opinions and ideas about playing which I want to share.
Let me introduce myself. I am an amateur golfer who loves the game. I wish I started playing when I was young but like many, I never took golf seriously until I was in my late 40’s. My father loved the game and actually learned to play in China during the 30’s. He took me for my first lesson when I was 13 but unfortunately I never really picked up a club again until I went to a driving range at night with my buddies when I was 18. That’s young except it was probably another 4 or 5 years before I picked up a club again. So I was in my mid 20’s and I had my Dad’s old hickory shaft clubs which he wanted. He traded a set of Macgregor Tourneys for his old clubs. I at least had clubs I could use on a course.
I was living in the Bronx, N.Y. and working in Connecticut when my work friends said let’s go out and play golf on Saturday. I said fine fully aware that I never really played on a course before and stank at hitting the ball. The first hole tee shot was over water and right in front of the clubhouse with people sitting on the balcony watching. Now I really felt that I would totally embarrass myself. Was I crazy doing this? We watched the foursome in front of us tee off. Two of them put their ball in the water. The tension in my stomach eased some. I wasn’t the only HACK. When I got to the first tee all I thought about was hitting the ball over the water. By some miracle I did. Not the correct fairway but over the water and I could hit it again. I didn’t play well but I enjoyed being out with my friends.
Golf is both a social game and an individual sport. I love that it is just you and the golf course. If you hit a bad shot, you did it! There is no one else to blame. At the same time golf is usually played in foursomes. Here is the social aspect. There is something special about being on a golf course with your friends enjoying the most frustrating sport ever. We encourage each other. We needle each other. We laugh and we empathize. One of my friends hit his ball into the water. Dropped another and hit it into the water. I started to laugh and roared when he hit a third ball into the water. He looked at me, muttered an expletive and could only laugh. Let’s face it sometimes we get so frustrated we ask why we play this game. “I paid money for this?” Then you hit that great shot and you know you’re coming back.
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