Monday, February 23, 2009

Golf: Enjoyable, Relaxing...and Fun!

Perhaps you're somewhat like me, an avid golfer. Or maybe you simply enjoy or want to learn the game. Whatever thoughts bring you to the course, it's an experience you're sure to enjoy.

For myself, I've been at the game for a few years now, with a hiatus for a while and over the time I have learned many things about this wonderful, yet emotional game. I love to be in the outdoors, and there's no better setting than on a beautiful landscape where you try to master a game that simply can't be mastered. Over the years I've had the privilege to play at different golf courses in many places, and the one thing I have found to be true, it's a great way to make new friends, enjoy different aspects of life and culture, and subject yourself to some wonderful scenery.

For about 3 years of my life, I lived in Germany, near Ansbach and Nurenburg, where I had the chance to travel around this beautiful country and see amazing sights. Not many places I have yet been can compare to the landscape and surroundings there. If you can ever get to a golfkurs in this truly scenic place, you're really in for a treat. They are gifted with great teachers if you need a lesson or two, and it doesn't matter if you're young, old, or if the children are searching for a way to learn. That's one of the great things about this sport, it's for everyone. Many of the centers there, as everywhere I have found, cater to either group lessons or individual, whichever you might prefer. You can be fitted for equipment, taken from the basics to the more advanced techniques.

There's much to be said about the sport and game of golf. Not only will it surprise you when you first start at the level of athletic ability you need, and will soon achieve, but the mental aspect is something that will certainly be an experience to contend with. To me it's almost like an athletic game of chess, where you need to anticipate your next shot, and the one afterward to set up a winning strategy.

Choosing equipment can be fun also. There is so much nowadays to choose from, irons, woods, drivers, the type of ball you use, whether for distance, control, or a mixture of the two. For myself, I usually go back and forth between a couple sets, depending on how I am swinging on a certain day, the way I'm coming into the ball, or if I simply am in the mood and feel like "going for it." As you "master" the game through trial and error, practice, and much time on the course, you will become attuned to the likes and dislikes of your own preference.

A lot of fun can be had on the driving range where you can use the time to fine tune your swing plane, practice different ways of striking the ball, learn to hit low and high shots, fades, draws, and any number of special shots. You can definitely spend an enjoyable day here on the range developing your game and strategies. But then, you can't wait to get back on the course to put into practice all the things you have been self-teaching. If you want a very relaxing day of letting yourself go, yet being able to get in that exercise your body craves, this is a great way to do it. For me, it's so much fun that I don't even realize the work out I have had.

It's true, golf is a game that takes a certain amount of skill, which can be learned, a certain amount of patience, which there never seems to be enough of, and lots and lots of practice which you will need, but the more you do it, the more you want to do it. There are many places you can go for instruction and practice, and one of the finest places to learn is going to be in your own mind. I sincerely hope that if you choose to try this game, you will become as devoted and pleased with it as I have.


katherine said...

Wish i will learn golf also...great post..

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