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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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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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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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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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stevel1017 said:
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... :D

Great post in all seriousness though. :thumbsup:
 

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makes me wonder, why the heck am i sitting here reading this forum... :dunno:

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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Well Happy Anniversary!
My wife plays (I taught her) so on our anniversary we play :)
 

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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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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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Along with every reason mentioned here, I play because I can't draw, paint or sculpt. Hitting a good golf shot and appreciating the achievement of a well struck shot is as close to being an artist as I can be.
 

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Yeah, my problem is I sometimes "see" the shot I want to hit in my head, but the end product isn't exactly what I had pictured!! :cool: But the challenge of trying to make those golf shots come out close to what was in my head... now that is the reason I'm ready to go play again!!
 

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I know what you mean. Sometimes I wonder if my brain and my hands are even connected at all. If I play a bad round of golf, then go home and can't seem to play my guitars decently either, I pretty well KNOW the brain waves are on vacation.
 

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I play a bad round of golf, then go home and can't seem to play my guitars decently either
That's interesting. I've noticed that too with my drums. But at least with that, there's some level of consistency. I can shoot 73 one day and 83 the next and not think anything of it, but if I was playing swiss triplets comfortably at 180 one day and was chopping out at 160 the next, I'd be pretty upset.

Which is why you stay at the course and hit balls until it's so dark you can't see the pin.
 

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cbwheeler said:
If you've never played golf in the rain, get some rain gear and try it.
Rain gear ?
Mike

DennisM said:
Along with every reason mentioned here, I play because I can't draw, paint or sculpt. Hitting a good golf shot and appreciating the achievement of a well struck shot is as close to being an artist as I can be.
Hmm, you might not be a Picasso, but if you really want to learn to draw, you might surprise yourself at what talent you have.

You might find "Drawing on the right side of the brain"
Learn to Draw: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. a very interesting read.

Mike
 

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You might find "Drawing on the right side of the brain" a very interesting read.

Mike
eeww Sounds icky... shouldn't drawing be done on things like paper!? :dunno:

Most of the reasons I play golf have already been mentioned: exercise, getting outdoors, strategic thinking, looking for balls in muddy creek beds etc...
 

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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!
Steve I totally agree with 300Yds. This is the best post I have ever read, and thank you for it. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

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Steve,

well said. I agree and it was my father that instilled the love of the game. If you have ever watched the tv show, The Actors Studio, you know at the end of the show James Lipton asks the guest what he wants to hear when he first arrives in heaven. My immediate answer was and still is, "Your father and uncle are waiting for you at the first tee.
Gollfer1
 

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The main reason I play golf is because I love the feeling of hitting a perfect shot. And when you try to fix your swing and add an extra 20 yds onto your shot!

Also the 2 players not playing competetively but together is nice, you really want your opponent to do well!
 

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I love golf for the following reasons.

When I tee up my ball on the first hole, the rest of the world doesn't exist. All I know is the next few hours is going to be me and the golf coarse.

The feel through the club, hands and arms when you make that perfect contact and the ball just seemingly flies of the club face.

The sound of the pin when your ball hits it, especially on a crisp, cool morning when all is still and quiet. ( this happened last Friday morning with a 60* lob wedge from around 50yards out:) )

The two hops and then backspin on a short iron approach. For mere mortals like myself, this never gets old.

The lucky bounce from a slope or tree.

When i'm playing on my own and a foursome lets me play through on a par 3 and i stick the ball within 10 feet of the pin. 4 young boys let me play through last Sunday on a 145yard par 3, I hit a beauty and putted in for birdie. It reminded me of when i was young and me and my brother used to marvel at how good the the adult golfers were at our local club.

Buying new equipment and trying it out for the first time on the coarse. Add that to playing by yourself and having the first tee time.

The drive home after you just shot your best round.
 
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