You Really Be Addicted To Golf... ...and is that such a bad thing?
was banned in Scotland
in 1457. It seems that the King was disturbed that all of archers
were spending too much time on the links and neglecting their
archery. Golf was interfering with national security!
Any avid golfer
can understand the problem.
Thinking of a day filled with challenges
from that little white ball, the few times that it all comes together
and you zone. The swing just flows, the contact is perfect and
the ball flies...
How can anyone
not want to spend as much time as possible getting healthy exercise
on a field of green. Walking, talking with friends, enjoying the
benefits of a day in the sun combined with a mental and physical
challenge that is also a personal challenge. You may play with
others, but the game of golf is all about perfecting what you
do...and while not everyone can be an Arnold Palmer or Tiger
Woods, watching your own technique get better is almost as
satisfying as getting that hole-in-one. Almost...
Golf is a
demanding sport. Learning about which clubs work in which situations,
how the wind affects the flight of the ball, which parts of your
body are not fitting into the perfect swing that you know you
have in you... these are all part of being serious about the sport
golf demands a well toned body to command the control to swing
a club at a small ball and make it land in, or at least near,
a tiny hole hundreds of yards away. Anyone who scoffs at the amount
of exercise it takes to drive around on golf carts has never spent
18 holes in an effort to make par.
is another aspect of golf that every golfer understands. Ready
at the tee, you empty your mind of everything except the moves
your body is about to execute. You focus on the ball and where
you want it to land. No sounds or interuptions penetrate that
perfect concentration. Then you clear your mind completely as
your body performs that well practiced swing...and as the ball
soars off, you return to normal reality to see how it all turned
out. Yoga experts would recognize the state of meditation it takes
to complete a golf swing!
And at the
end of the day, you get to sit around with other golfers and talk
about the events of the day. This is a type of bonding that few
other sports emphasize. You don't just tuck away your gear, change
in the locker room and take off. You sit down and relax to relive
the great moments...