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The Games of Golf

Discussion in 'Sports' started by usfan, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. usfan

    usfan Well-Known Member

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    I've been a lifelong sports addict. 'Life is a game', has been my creed since childhood.. which I've never really grown out of, evidently. ;)

    But in my mid 40s, finally realizing that old age would catch me, no matter how fast i ran, i decided to take up golf. Now, ~ 20 years later, its about the only sport i do.

    So i thought some philosophical ponderings, and existential reflections would be in order, for this old traditional game.

    There are 4 games in golf.. or 4 skills to acquire to score well:
    1. Driving
    2. Irons/approach
    3. Pitch/chip greenside touch shots
    4. Putting

    You cannot win at golf. You can only play it.

    To keep from going mad, and to minimize frustration, playing well, or poorly should both be enjoyed.

    Golf can be played in a social setting, or alone, like transcendental meditation, yoga, or National Socialism.

    To correlate this game to this forum: Golf is, and can be, a religion. Some live, breathe, and exist only for golf.

    Golf exposes character flaws, and brings out epithets previously unheard.

    A well struck shot, planned and executed, is the closest to nirvana in this life.

    And now, words of wisdom from others, about this game:

    “Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.” – Tiger Woods

    “I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s game: It’s called an eraser.” – Arnold Palmer

    Golf is a good walk spoiled. ~Mark Twain

    The only sure rule in golf is he who has the fastest cart never has to play the bad lie. ~Mickey Mantle

    Any other philosophical musings about this metaphor for existence?
    :D
     
  2. BSM1

    BSM1 What? Me worry?

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    I could never get across water, be it lake or mud puddle. Mental thing, I know, but there you have it...
     
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    Playing a golf game is like pizza and sex. When it's good it's good, when it's bad, it's still pretty good.

    :p
     
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    Revoltingest Regurgitating right wing propaganda since 2010
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    Golf is only fun in Revoltistan.
    There's the course, a 308 rifle, bowling pins, ostrich feathers, & the shaved weasels.
     
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  5. usfan

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    For me, the worst part of playing golf, by far, has always been hitting the ball. ~Dave Barry

    If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. ~Jack Lemmon

    While playing golf today I hit two good balls. I stepped on a rake
    . ~Henny Youngman

    I guess i would describe myself as an avid golfer. I even got a part time job at golf course, so i could play more (and cheaper!). I'm playing today, in ~ 3 hrs. I should practise more, to hone my game, but would rather just play, when i have time to get out.

    ..but, I'm no addict. My family leaving me, my business failing, and losing the house had nothing to do with golf.. ;)

    J/K.. family, house and business are fine, though they do interfere with my golf game.. :D
     
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    KAT-KAT Well-Known Member

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    You're an interesting guy.

    I had a question. Would you be opposed to me adding some comic relief to your debate threads if I am fair to both sides in doing so? I knew a perfect YouTube song for one of the arguments. Maybe I should just post it in this thread.
     
  7. usfan

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    No problem from me. I try not to take things very seriously, anyway.. ..too many grim faced ideologues in the world, already! ;)


    “No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.” ~Dave Barry
     
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    BSM1 What? Me worry?

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    Who shaves the weasels?
     
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    Who? I'm wondering: Why?
     
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    :shrug:
    Some people must like naked weasels...
     
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  11. KAT-KAT

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    Only after a long, tired day of golfing.
     
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    I always describe a golf game as 'grueling!', because i like the imagery and the word. ;)
     
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    Well, you are taking a ball, and putting it close to a hole.
     
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    I can see that you have never seen me play golf.
     
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    I'd teach you how to play, but my best subject is pizza.
     
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    I'm an avid golfer, thanks for all the great golf jokes :)

    One aspect of golf is that because you can take a little time with each shot, it's REALLY HARD to avoid over-coaching yourself and/or psyching yourself out.

    The other aspect that's endlessly challenging is that in order to hit the ball well, you have to find a tempo that's slower than what's intuitive. It's hard to keep a slow tempo when you're under pressure.

    Overall, I can't recommend the game. ;)
     
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    Ninety percent of putts that are short, don't go in.

    Yogi Berra

    Jerry, a golf enthusiast, was golfing with 3 friends, and on the fourth hole one of them, Frankie, passed out dead as a doornail after he missed a short putt. When Jerry got home later that afternoon, as usual his wife asked how things had gone.
    "Well, Frankie died on the fourth hole."
    "Really," she said. "So what happened then?"
    "Mac and Bob and I shot quite worse then usual as we had to haul that lug around 14 holes.
     
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    the great philosopher on the topic golf.
     
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    Revoltingest Regurgitating right wing propaganda since 2010
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    I thought you were.
     
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    BSM1 What? Me worry?

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    Again??
     
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