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Posted by Dave on Friday, July 29, 2011

Golf and I are on a break

I came to the conclusion recently that I'm in a sexless marriage.

...with golf. 

Not to sound like a bad Titleist commercial, but I put a lot in to my game.  And I've endured a long while of not getting much out of it.  At least in the form of on-course victories. 

For most of this summer, practice was as much a part of my routine as brushing my teeth.  I would wake up, work on the site, and then go hit balls.  A few times a week Jason and I would play an early morning round, beating the rest of the golfers to the first tee.  Wake up, throw on some clothes, drive to the course in a haze, pull out your clubs, and step up to the first tee, hit driver, etc. etc. etc.

I don't know if that's the right way to do it, though.  I think I might have it all wrong.  I thought that as long as I was practicing with a goal in mind (a tournament, in almost all cases), I would have the willingness and the drive to KEEP practicing.  To keep getting better and better and better.  To keep hitting milestones.  To continue to make new goals. 

Golf isn't just a game for me.  It's not even a way of life.  It's not just a sport, or an activity.  Now, I run the risk of sounding really strange and sappy here, but it's love.  I love this game.  I love it like a fat kid love cake. 

It's not just that I enjoy it a lot.  As a matter of fact, often times I HATE it.  There is nothing that gets under my skin more.  It's more like I wouldn't know what to do without it.  I play golf because that's just what I do.  That's me.  I'm the golfer.  It's what everyone asks me about at family parties.  It's why my friends ask me to look at their swings.  It's why I'm sitting here writing this.  It's as much a part of me as my hands or my head or my heart. 

Just like in marriage, though, monotony is doom.  You've got to keep things interesting. 

Golf and I are on a break right now.  I'm feeling a little under-appreciated in her eyes at the moment.  We haven't spoken in almost a week.  (I had to sit and think just then; 'How long has it been since I last played?"  It honestly feels like it's been a month)  I think that once we get back in to the swing of things (pun?) I'll need to spice it up a little.  It can't just be about practice.  It can't just be about winning or achieving some goal.  It has to be more than that.  It has to be about getting back to why golf makes me tick. 

It's the courses. 

New experiences, new courses, new clubs, new playing partners, new everything.  I believe that the single greatest thing about this game is that it is not played on a specific surface.  Every playing surface in this game is unique.  Every playing surface in this game requires something different, something special, from you.  Every playing surface in this game asks you "do you have this shot in your bag?" 

It's up to you to dig deep and find it.  

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