I just played my first round of golf for 2017. I played okay, considering I haven’t played since November. Four months. I did prove one theory I had, which is I can basically shoot 80 or break 80 will little to no practice or even not playing for months, simply relying on basic ability. I shot 80, including a double on the 17th after a plugged lie under the lip of the green side bunker. What does that mean? Not much. Many golfers strive to break 80. There have been dozens of books and training videos out there with the title “Breaking 80,” but it’s not interesting to me.
What Makes Golf Interesting, or Not Interesting to Me?
So what is interesting then about golf to me if breaking 80 isn’t? Breaking say, 76? 75? 72? Shooting in the 60’s? The fact is I’m going to probably do those things this year, even several times. While it’s nice to shoot a low number, I think feeling solid shots and being in control of what I’m doing is what makes golf interesting and fun for me. Or perhaps attempting difficult shots and having the ability to pull them off. Sometimes those things don’t equate to low numbers.
What of 2017?
So what am I doing? At the end of last season I had burned out on golf. I’d become frustrated about how stagnant it had become, and how the game itself is infinitely more difficult the better one becomes. Unlike other things that challenge me, like computer programming or building drones, golf is something that can’t be mastered. I can write a program and eventually get it to do what it is supposed to do. I can build a drone and make it fly. On rare occasion, I can put together all facets, or perhaps 3/4 of the facets of my game. Perhaps once or twice a year. Sometimes not even once in a year or two. When that happens is a mystery. One day it happens, the next day is a disaster. Unlike programming or building drones, which have incremental and tangible milestones, golf is fleeting.
I’m going to change some things for 2017. Shake it up. I went from thinking about quitting to buying a season pass to the Salt Lake City courses. I can golf any day, anytime now, even holidays on that pass. Also, I will not be renewing my membership in a club that I used to be president of for seven years, River Oaks. Things have changed there management wise, and I’m no longer able to contribute my services to the league and course in exchange for golf privileges. And probably most relevant, I burned out there.
A group I play with at my other home course is sort of dissolving. That group soured a bit, though I still enjoy playing with them once in a while, like today. I plan to try and hook up with a different group of golfers who are all very good. Loose your wallet if you don’t play well good. I also plan to use that city pass to spread my rounds across the seven courses, even the ones that
suck are lower end. I played one of them last year and it was short, quirky, and kind of ghetto for lack of a better word. It was actually fun.
Change of scenery I suppose is one of the primary focuses for 17. Changing clubs, groups, courses… and maybe it will all add up to a change in attitude.
If not, then I just dumped a bunch of money into a pass which will be a waste. I don’t like wasting things, especially money.
Bonneville Golf Course Aerial Photo by Tony Korologos
3-4 Month Break
I’ve had quite a long winter break from playing (and paying for) golf. The last round I played was a rained out 9-holes in Morocco back in November of 2016. Honestly I haven’t missed playing at all. That has been a strange experience. I haven’t missed paying for it either, but the 10 times I went skiing this winter (so far) have more than made up for the cost of golf. People think golf is an elitist sport. Skiing is easy 2-3x as expensive and even more time consuming.
Anyway, my regular Sunday group has a 9:22am tee time today, two hours from now. It’s daylight saving time now, so it will be like starting at 8:22, cold. I’m not going into this round expecting much. The only thing I’m counting on is having a cigar at the halfway point. Haven’t had a cigar since about November as well.
While I’m thinking about how I haven’t missed golf, I’m considering buying a season pass. Yes, it makes no sense. I’m sort of assuming I’ll play this year just like I have every year. So if I’m going to do that, might as well get a season pass, right? The city of Salt Lake has a pass which covers seven courses. All I have to do is play 38 times in a year to break even. That’s less than once per week, though we don’t get to golf much in the winter. Even if I just play 2x a week at Bonneville like I have for years, the pass will break even after 19 weeks.
This winter has been tough on the golf game. Most snow we’ve had in years here in northern Utah. The skiing has been great, but the golf has been… nonexistent. Spring is coming. And when it does I’ll be getting to the big list of golf equipment, apparel and accessories I have to review. One I’ll get to right off the bat is the Stage V Clinger, a magnetic cigar holder which also comes with a velcro strap in the event a metal surface isn’t available. Look, I even found metal in my wall.
Stage V Clinger Cigar Holder
Here’s a look at the packaging.
I’ll be giving the blue one away to a friend. Can’t stand blue. Love red!
Stay tuned for my hard-hitting, in-depth review of this cigar holder soon!
Wow these new Ecco Cage Pro golf shoes just came in for review and they’re wild on one side and super classy and simple on the other.
Now if the snow would melt and the courses would open I could get cracking on ’em.
Half the fun for my blogging (well, maybe 42%) is trying to make awesome pictures. It helps to start with great subjects, like Ecco Golf Shoes.
I’m slowly coming out of spring hibernation, hoping the golf spark is re-ignited. If/when that happens, I’ll be testing these out.
“Back” is a 4-letter-word in my house. It is usually followed up with another 4-letter-word, “pain.” To help combat those to bad words, I’ve started testing out a very simple product, the 10 Minute Cushion.
10 Minute Cushion for Back Pain
The concept is simple. Too often and too long we (I say “we,” as in humans) slouch, sit, hunch over our computers etc. All that time the vertebrae in our back is compressing. That compression puts pressure on the nerves around our spine, which can lead to serious problems. Trust me on that. I have plenty of first hand experience.
10 Minute Cushion for Back Pain
The 10 Minute Cushion is designed to help counteract that compression and help us flex and bend the opposite direction of the slouch. It helps separate the vertebrae and gets healing fluids moving between them, which reduces swelling, inflammation and pain.
I’m in the initial testing stages now and I’ve really felt a benefit. After a few weeks of regular use I’ll post a final report and review.