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Old 06-06-2007, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why do I play golf?

A friend of mine, Joe Jahovits (a fictional character), asked me the other day, why do I chase that stupid white ball around? Why do I invest thousands of dollars, and countless hours chasing perfection? Why do I play golf?
This got me thinking, why do I play golf?
I play golf for the physical challenge. I get a great deal of satisfaction when the shot comes off as I planned; the hours of hard work pay off. I play because I don’t need to be a physically big man, or young man, or exceptionally fit man. I am not playing against my opponents, but rather against the course, the conditions, and myself. If I can beat those three I win, at least for today.
I play golf for the mental challenges. Am I mentally tough enough to deal with “the rub of the green” that may befall me, accept the challenges and move on? Am I mentally tough enough to deal with my own shortcomings, when faced with choices, and I choose the wrong shot. I play because it teaches me humility; one day I think I have it, only to find out the next day, it has me. I play for the satisfaction of those days when I can live up to my mental expectations, and maybe just for that day, over come the worst muscle in golf.
I play golf because it’s a gentleman’s sport. In golf, you actually root for the other guy. “Go in the hole.” Get through there.” “Nice shot!” You help your opponent look for his ball, tell him tough break when the putt doesn’t fall. You would never hear a quarterback tell the linebacker “Nice sack, you really nailed me.”
I play golf because of the etiquette of the sport, rake the traps, fix the ball marks, replace the divots, try and leave the course in better shape for the people behind you.
I play golf because of the integrity of the sport “My ball moved, I call a 2 stroke penalty on myself” In no other sport will a player do this, the basketball player doesn’t say, “I fouled him.” The pitcher doesn’t say, “No, that was a ball”
I play golf because in a lot of ways it emulates life. With all the successes and failures, trials and tribulations, ups and downs, along the way, it is the journey that is the important thing, and not the destination. It is how I deal with it, and not the outcome.
I play golf for the beauty of the surroundings, the manicured grass, the raked bunkers, the stately trees, the bushes and bramble, the wild life that I run across.
I play golf because of the people I meet, the grizzled old war veteran, the young college student, the mother of 3 young kids, the harried businessman, the retired schoolteacher, and all walks of life in between.
I taught my wife this magnificent game so she could know the joy I get from it, and we could share many quality hours together. And we do!


I hope you get the same joy from playing as I do. Feel free to share your thoughts
Steve
PS I'd like to thank my Dad for teaching me this game, as a young lad, and giving me a lifetime of enjoyment!
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Very nice post! Many of the reasons I play are in what you stated..

I nominate that one of Golfforums' greatest posts!
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was out playing nine after work Monday evening. There was some moisture in the air and I got caught in about a 5 minute downpour. It was nothing too huge, but was enough to paint the sky with the most beautiful rainbow I've ever seen. It was as bright as can be and stretched all the way across the sky. I walked down the fairway staring at it in amazement only to see another one form right above it, even bigger. They must have been there for 15 minutes at least. It was enough to distract me from making my birdie putt, but I didn't care. I'd never seen anything like it.

If you've never played golf in the rain, get some rain gear and try it. If you don't mind getting a little wet, it's very fun, and can yield some very aesthetically pleasing phenomenons of nature.

Aside from the challenge aspect and all that good stuff, this is one of the main reasons I play golf; being out in the serenity of nature. It's peaceful.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Speaking of rain... I went out last Friday after school and played. The course was wet and it was still sprinkling out. Then Sunday I went and played 36 holes and the last nine it was a down pour so hard I couldn't even see. At that point I was really pi***d at the weather. Although I get back and I add up my score and I ended up getting the best score I ever got on that course. Some of the reasons I play golf are because I like to beat my friends, and I like it because it doesn't make my work as hard as basketball or football. I plan on joining the school's team my freshman year. I would like to thank my neighbor for giving my the clubs I started with.
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I race the sun to get in 18 and I've putted for hours in near darkness.
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I still feel my dad's hands teaching me to hold a club and I'll never forget the day I beat him. I AM A GOLFER.
See golf doesn't begin on the 1st tee and doesn't end on the 18th green... its a life long journey.

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Old 06-06-2007, 11:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stevel1017
A friend of mine, Joe Jahovits (a fictional character),

I play because out on the course...I dont have to listen to guys like Joe gripe about pointless things...

Great post in all seriousness though.
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Old 06-07-2007, 01:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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makes me wonder, why the heck am i sitting here reading this forum...

oh yeah, cause its dark out!!!
theres always tomarrow... oh wait, tomarrow is my anniversary, DOH... hmmmm, maybe the next day then...

thanks for the post... i play for many of these same reasons...
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Well Happy Anniversary!
My wife plays (I taught her) so on our anniversary we play :-)
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Old 06-15-2007, 12:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You can't beat getting out on the course by 7:30. Absolutely beautiful. Come to think of it, you can't beat golf either, which is a big part of its appeal to me.

I love the competition and the head games and the decisions and the long walks inbetween shots when you're up by 1 stroke with 2 holes to play. I love drives that hang in the air forever. I love hitting shots that nobody else would have even thought of. I love the comraderie (sp?) that can only come from playing hundreds of holes of golf together.

The hotdogs at the turn aint bad either.



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Old 06-19-2007, 01:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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What an excellent post. Why do I play?? Because between rounds, all I think about is when is the next time I can go out and try to do better. If I struggled last round, I want to go out and play a good round. If I played good, I want to play even better. And I play for all those reasons listed above. The challenge, being outdoors, the sportsmanship, all of it!

Is it time to play again yet????
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