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What makes it enjoyable for you?
I have tried it, and I like to go to teh driving range a little, but overall I find the experience a hair dull.
Any tips on how to improve this?
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Roll a J. Drink some brews. Have some bloodys. Hang with your boys. Talk shit. Smoke a stoggie. Enjoy the out doors and not be at work or around your girlfriend/wife/kids/poor people. Oh and put some friendly money on the line. Even if you suck balls at golf it makes it moar fun.
Yeah i feel this aspect at a nice course on a good day
But im too competitive to have a good time paying lots of money to suck at something
For me it's one of the few sports that I couldn't pick up quickly and at least be competitive at, so it drives me nuts that I'm not very good and I'll keep doing it until I'm decent at it.
Try to relax and have fun. I see so many people not enjoying themselves. You are not a pro, you are not going to be a pro, so don't stress over your swing like a pro.
You could make it simple. For all 18 holes, bet a quarter for first on green. After everyone is on green, whomever is closest to hole gets another quarter. Then first person in hole gets another. That's $.75 per hole. Not expensive but something. Par 3s, furthest from pin buys a round. All kinds of ways to make golf more fun. Just remember, Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden
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This too. I have been good at just about everything I played growing up, but golf just seems to elude me. I will figure it out one day. Until then, I keep playing.
What I love about golf is it constantly challenges me mentally. I mean, to play at a high level even as an amateur one has to mentally be in every shot and have the ability to truly concentrate. And when you fail, whether you are competing against yourself or in a little game, it's all on you and responding to adversity with a short memory is a necessity. The constant adversity golf can create is unlike anything I've ever done, and I love it.
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THIS .... we even go to the driving range and put a little money on hitting balls towards targets and stuff if we dont have time to play 18 ...tons of fun for me
I wish a buddy of mine would learn this. He has always been extremely competitive, but he takes it overboard with golf. Notorious for breaking clubs. The other week I went with him, he had just gotten a brand new $300 driver. We were even joking with him about taking it easy with that club. On the 10th hole or so, he hits a poor second shot, but not terrible. Really just pushed to the right of the fairway, but he turns around and swings his iron into his bag. The next hole, pulls out his driver, which is snapped in half.
If you try to be like my buddy, you will never have fun playing golf. Sure you can get a little frustrated and you always want to improve, but take it hole by hole, and try to have fun. Even bad golfers will have those 2 or 3 shots a game that keep you coming back. I can still remember some of mine from years ago.
One thing I love about golf is that one amazing shot can make up for an entire day. I'm not great (15-20 handicap, haven't played in a couple months) but I'm decent, and even if I'm having a generally poor day, I'll drop a shot 6 inches from the hole and that'll be all I remember from the round.
Also, as long as you're on a laid-back course, it's fantastic to go golfing with your buddies and just drink beer and mess around. As long as you don't have a hyper-competitive douche for a friend, scores don't really matter and you can just go out and have fun.
I've never snapped a club but I threw a couple the first 2-3 years I played. I stopped doing it when I realized it's funny as hell for the people you're playing with and their laughter only makes you angrier.
play a round with someone worse then you, you'll feel like tiger woods when ur done...
oh, and plenty of alcohol!
I have a friend like that. Playing minigolf with him is a constant parade of laughter.
Couple weeks ago a friend of mine sliced his approach right into the middle of the group in front of us on the next tee, so we knew he was already pissed. 2 holes later he duffed a chip behind the green and fired his wedge behind like a HR derby swing and into a small tree. If not for the tree it would've taken out at least one person in that same group ahead of us on a par 3 tee box.
I had to back away from putt I was trying so hard not to laugh. We had to wait about 2 holes to laugh about it out of fear he would have killed someone.
My thoughts as well, I want to win everything....but I am terrible at gold and it can't keep my interest after the initial tee off
Same here. From afar, the game looks so simple, but it really isn't.
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