Golf can be sheer agony sometimes

2013-02-15 00:00

IT is impossible to play golf consistently well over a period of time, but it is also unlikely to play consistently badly.

Of course the latter assumes that the player is a regular golfer and a bona fide member of a club and plays the game regularly.

Most of us know this and we also know that even golfers who quite often struggle with form will at some time have their turn in the winning enclosure. This is just how things work out.

Sometimes as golfers get older they play badly almost every time they go out to play.

This becomes not only very frustrating, but it’s painful to a point of despair.

We are supposed to play golf for fun and pleasure, but there is a limit to how much pain one can tolerate.

These old golfers keep reminding themselves that they could be doing something more enjoyable and relaxing than enduring weekly torture on a golf course, but golfers rarely give up the game because they are playing badly.

Old age, ill health and non-affordability are the usual reasons to give up playing. Those people who don’t play golf don’t realise what all the fuss is all about.

They don’t realise that it’s absolute agony and torture out there when one is hacking.

A few years ago, local golfer Roger Pridmore was playing in the Monthly Mug.

On the first hole he started with an eight. Then he had a nine and then a seven.

When he had played six shots before he got to the fourth green on, he turned to his playing partners and said: “Do you know, my wife thinks I’m here enjoying myself out here.”

Roger racked up a big score that day, but he didn’t throw in the towel, he carried on and completed the round and was back playing the following week.

Ask any golfer, the days when nothing goes right and the golf gods are feeling vindictive is sheer agony, but there’s nothing much one can do except keep calm and carry on.

Another upsetting aspect to playing badly is in betterball golf.

When we play badly, we are letting down a partner and not contributing to the team so this makes it seem even worse.

Nobody likes to play badly all the time so when this happens, there are a few choices of what to do.

One can book lessons with your local pro, buy a new set of clubs and visit the range often or take a long lay-off and then quit the game forever.

From the 19th hole:

Three old golfers, Sam, Harry and Fred, were sitting together after their weekly game of golf. These are some of the things they were overheard saying to each other:

Sam said: “Six months ago I joined a gym, now I weigh R1 200 less”.

Harry said: “I love cooking with wine, sometimes I even put some in the food”

Fred said: “What’s the difference between a fish and a mountain goat? One of them mucks around in fountains.”

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