Golf ! More than a Walk Through The Pasture

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Mark Twain once wrote playing golf was a good way to spoil a walk through the pasture. The inimitable Mr. Twain, from this statement, could be believed not to be a golfer. After all, there is more to golfing than just walking through a pasture.

First and foremost, golf is a way to either work out stress and frustration, or, for many, to get even more stressed out and frustrated.
It can be the most infuriating game ever played or invented, or the most fun. And, no two trips to the golf course will ever be the same, regardless of how good a player someone is.

This is because the weather conditions are never identical, and weather does play a big part in golf. The more intelligent golfers will not go near the course in a thunderstorm, but there are a few brave, and foolhardy, souls who will brave the elements just to play.
The wind also plays a major factor in golf, as the wind will affect the way the ball travels. When hit, golf balls have spin.
The spin can be enhanced by the wind, causing the ball to drift away from its intended target. Therefore, the golfer has to take the wind into consideration and plan his or her shot accordingly.

Golf is also a good form of exercise, for those golfers who walk the course. A good course is about two miles around, so playing eighteen holes is roughly equivalent to walking four miles. Any doctor will tell you that such a walk can only be beneficial to the walker’s heart and lungs.

Additionally, playing golf is good for getting out of the house and being outdoors. Golfers can enjoy the sun and wind note the beauty of the nature they ‘re surrounded by, as the majority of courses are well landscaped and quite pleasing to the eye. Golfers can also watch squirrels and rabbits on the course, sometimes, and take pleasure in the antics of these creatures. This also helps free the golfer from thinking about the mistake he or she made on the last shot or previous hole, calming them down and getting them ready for their next shot.

For others, however, playing golf is a great way to beat stress. After all, a golf course is about the only place a person can knock the crap out of something, not only not get in trouble for hitting something, but being praised and rewarded by knocking the crap out of the all well. How perfect is that?

Golf is also a game of honor. Surprised? Don’t be. After all, golf is the only game where a person can call a penalty on themselves, and those who play with honor do. Of course, there are the jerks who claim to play golf, but wouldn’t think of calling a penalty on anything they’ve done. Their scores, though, are meaningless, and this kind of behavior will also show up in their day to day lives. I sure we all have played with a few like that once.

When I play Golf with my buddy’s we have the best time as we praise each other and (excuse the word) give each other shit over each shot that is played. We laugh and yes feel each other’s sadness as the round progresses if we hit that errant shot. All in all we have fun together experiencing each other’s high’s and low’s and at the end of the day we go into the 19th hole(the bar) and have a beverage or two as we re-tale the greatness of the day and laugh at the really bad shots again too. At the end of it all we all go home best buddy’s to come back next week to do it all over again ! To me , that’s what golf is about !

If your not experiencing this in your golf game then your missing out on the pleasure of what golf is meant to be. A fun walk in the pasture with friends so to speak ! Except in the modern world of today we have carts that people sometimes don’t know how to drive but that’s another story !

I hope you guys and ladies enjoyed this and remember to always have FUN out there !!!
Y’all hit them straight out there !

Thanks for reading !!

Bob Elliott


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