Golf or…The Game of Life


 

golfveld / golf course (Photo taken in Goa, India)

golfveld / golf course (Photo taken in Goa, India) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Golf, love it or hate it, the game is a popular pastime, hobby, or blood pressure raising part of our culture here in the states and around the world. It’s a funny game when you think about it. Take a small dimpled ball  about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and with a

 

A golf ball.

A golf ball. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

miniature hockey stick hit it into a hole that is anywhere from 1 to 5 football fields in length away and into a cup about 5 inches in diameter.  Ask a golfer why he loves to golf and you will get as many different answers as the number of people you ask.

“I golf to relax” says one friend who visits the links on a regular basis, yet when observing him play, relaxed isn’t the word that comes to mind. After a particularly bad tee shot he approaches the ball panting, red-faced, and mumbling things under his breath that make you feel appreciative that they are unintelligible! This, however is not the time to remind him about the relaxing nature of the game, especially if he is still holding his 9 iron, or any other club for that matter. Later he sinks a 40 foot put and the hook is set once again in his psyche that this is the greatest game on earth.

That is the nature of the game I guess. You can spend 3 hours walking around the golf course without a single shot that satisfies your desire to lord it over the ball, your frustration mounting like a volcano preparing to erupt and grumbling that you will never again subject yourself to this tortuous exercise called golf. Then you have a great tee shot and find yourself on the green in 2 strokes on a par 5 hole  and your 9 feet from the hole, at this point your exuberance is infectious and the game is on! Then, in part because of this same exuberance you 4 putt and end the hole 1 over par and the deflation is audible.

Golf is just a game, but I have found a lot of life lessons can be learned if you are willing to find them, patience, strategies, math to name a few. The greatest lesson I think is one I learn over and over again… how to eat humble pie… one slice at a time!

JT

 

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About JT

I am a happily married man with 6 children and have overcome an autoimmune disease through lifestyle changes. I hope to share my story and explore others' stories and perhaps together both of our lives will be enhanced.
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2 Responses to Golf or…The Game of Life

  1. JT says:

    I learned that Putt Putt golf is WAYYYYY more fun. That weird looking pants and hats are often seen on a golf course. Also, that if you drive those golf carts really fast and turn really sharp, the back ends will spin out and sometimes the golf carts can tip over.

    • JT says:

      This is bizarre… how did I comment to myself? Not sure who made this comment so I can’t speak to you directly. Putt Putt golf is great with the family although I would say it is no less hazardous, as some of the people walking around with their putters use them more like drivers! Thanks for stopping by and commenting … whoever you are :-)

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