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Get off your duff and make time for golf in 2016 - It's not hard!

Get off your duff and make time for golf in 2016 – It’s not hard!

Get off your duff and make time for golf in 2016 – It’s not hard!

 of Golf Digest is one of my favorite golf journalists.  I enjoy his writing, so I read his articles every time I see one.  This time it was a quote in the middle of the article that caught my attention and deserved some discussion.  The quote is, “But what used to be time for rounds of golf has been overtaken by other stuff. I feel undeserving of leisure when so much seems undone.”

I recently returned from teaching for almost 3 weeks at my school in Mexico and had many catch-ups to do.  My desk was piled high with mail and bills to pay.  But you know what?  I was completely caught up in 2 days.  2 days!  This taught me a lesson, and Jaime’s quote brought it to a head.  We sometimes create extra work just to feel busy.  People ask me to play golf, and I say, “Sorry, I’m too busy!”  No, I’m not!  So my New Years’ resolution is to get out of the office when I’m not teaching (I have to make a living like everyone else) and head to the range for practice or to the course for a round!  Last year I played a total of about 20 rounds.  This year I’m going to make that at least 50.

My challenge to all who do not play because they are too busy is getting out there and making this your breakthrough year!  

Come to Golf School and start the year with some positive thoughts and feelings for your golf game.  Make time for golf!

 Get off your duff and make time for golf in 2016 - It's not hard!

Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club.

Where’s golf? It’s a question that repeats in the mind, especially at the start of a new year.

Growing up, I knew that while golf was important to me, it wasn’t that big a deal to most other people. Which was fine—it was rewarding having a little-known world dense with riches as a welcoming refuge. After I became a golf writer, I never worried about my obsessions having a small but reciprocal audience. Basically, I had faith in the intrinsic perfection of the game.

That was confirmed in the 1990s, when golf suddenly got discovered by a larger populace. Tiger Woods helped turn many on to the game, but it was more about a confluence of people having sufficient time and money to try it for themselves, along with the desire for an antidote to the increasing speed of modern living. The game’s powers of renewal—known to golfers for centuries—crossed over.

With the popularity came the American capitalistic drive for growth, a bubble and a backlash. All during which the world changed at a faster rate than it ever has.

The last decade has been a tough one for golf, and it goes well beyond the fortunes of Tiger.

Crucially, less of the game’s oxygen—money and time—has been available. Cultural changes, like the alterations in parenting and the tyranny of the smartphone (on which you might be reading this), haven’t helped. As entertainment activities increasing must be packaged for hand-held consumption, golf seems more arcane.

Recently, though, I’ve noted some optimism surrounding the state of the game.

In particular, the professional tours and their players are more appealing than ever, as if everyone has taken lessons from Arnold Palmer (highly recommended, by the way). The economy seems to be improving, and the unseasonably warm winter has extended the playing season. In a bit of over exuberance that betrays how bad things got, there’s been commentary positing that 2015 was the best golf year ever.

Honestly, I’m not exactly sure where golf is. I know that my prism reveals both bleakness and hope. I don’t play nearly enough, though I probably make more air swings in elevators, hit more wedge shots in the back yard and putt at more table legs. But what used to be time for rounds of golf has been overtaken by other stuff. I feel undeserving of leisure when so much seems undone.

To read the rest of Jaime’s story on golf’s steady growth in 2015, go here!

Source:   Golf Digest

Pictures: Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR   Rob Stinnett

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