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Getting back into the golfing groove

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Getting back into the golfing groove

Some great tips from Golf Digest for rekindling your love of the game.

We don’t know about you, but the hectic pace of modern life has taken its toll on our ability to savor the joys of golf as we once did.  Family, work and other diversions make it increasingly difficult to devote 5 hours to playing a game we once relished. 

And that’s too bad.

Because there is a grace and serenity to the golfing experience (at least when the putts are falling!) that is nearly impossible to replicate in other activities.  The pastoral setting, the leisurely pace, the gentlemanly devotion to rules and tradition – these all provide a certain spiritual nourishment amidst a world seemingly gone mad.  Losing that nourishment detracts from the joy of life.

So, just in time, the folks at Golf Digest have come up with 18 ways to “rekindle your passion for golf.”  Some are quirky, some are brilliant, but they all make some sense.  A few examples:

3. Before your next round, put an old driver you never really use in your golf bag, then press it into the hands of an unsuspecting kid.

That’s a neat idea, although we tend to love our old drivers. 

7. Play for something other than money. Raise the stakes. Next time, the loser totes the bags to the car, cleans the clubs and has to tweet about the "humiliating defeat."

We very much like the tweeting thing.  (Higher stakes would involve a post to your LinkedIn page, it seems to us.)

10. Play a round recklessly, without keeping score. Go for every miracle shot, every big carry, shoot for every pin and to hell with the consequences. Or play a two-ball scramble: Hit two shots from each position, and use the better one. Your score will be your potential.

Honestly, who hasn’t done that before?  And you really do feel like a million bucks when it’s over.

Alas, one of the suggestions is a bit deflating.

16. One sure path to happiness: lower scores. State a goal on Facebook and update your progress weekly. Making it public will motivate you to improve.

Sure, right, like we need more accountability and brutal transparency in our lives.  No thanks.

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Read the whole thing.  And then go hit some balls…


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