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Does interest in golf ever fade away?


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#91 MelloYello

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 02:38 PM

Everything fades.


I started playing guitar when I was 13 which was 20 years ago. It was my obsession in high school, college and even after. I’m as good today as I’ve probably ever been. I can knock off the rust and be at top form within a couple days if I'm really into it. But you know what? I just don’t get as excited by it today because all the stuff the used to be new just isn't anymore. That’s the hard part. When you’re young and discovering stuff you just devour it. You can't wait to learn the next thing. 20 years later though you realize you don’t really have much else to learn…that you really want to anyway.

I still play but I find that I take more breaks from it now where I'll let my instruments sit. I won't even touch them for days, sometimes weeks. That just seems to be the way of the world. Granted, when you get older you don't just have one obsession. You look back over several hobbies and realize you're still a little into all of them so you bounce back and forth thus spending less actual time on each one.


I mean, don't worry about being happy. If you ever stop loving one thing it's usually because you've fallen in love with something else.

Edited by MelloYello, 05 February 2019 - 02:39 PM.

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#92 JMac02

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 04:15 PM

View PostRoody, on 15 January 2019 - 04:38 PM, said:

I've been playing for about 24 years now. Ya know how I can tell my interest hasn't faded yet? Because I live in NY, and we're forced to take a few months off every year for the weather. And during those months off I go nuts wishing I could get out and play golf.

In some ways the forced break is a good thing. I imagine it keeps me from burning out.

View PostShowtime9, on 03 February 2019 - 04:44 PM, said:

If you ever feel like your interest is fading away, I would invite you to come up north where this past week it was -50C with the Windchill. I am sure that will give you a swift kick in the butt to grab your sticks and go play.

These right here. I lived in Florida for 6 years and while it was great to play whenever I wanted throughout the year, it's almost a sense of, oh well if I can't play this weekend there's always next weekend. Which turned to, oh well there's always next month, much too often. Now that I'm in Minnesota, there's no time for that, if you don't make use of the short season, there's no playing for 5 months after that. The itch always hits hard right about now too.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 04:41 PM

I had a few years when my interest faded. Most of it was work related. Now that I've had a couple seasons in a row playing again I will never allow work to cut off golf ever again. I'd find a new job before that!
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 05:47 PM

Yes...I quit for 18 years or so. Now Im back...only to fade away again sometime

...and since Mello Yello brought up guitars....Im the same there played when I was young took couple decades off and picked it up recently but never practice just plug in and jam w the boys.... no warming up sorry neighbors lol

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 11:13 PM

I played high school golf every year except my freshman year. An injury kept me from playing. By the end of high school I was a 4 handicap. My college path change dramatically and I ended up going to a community college where I played on that team for a year. During the season, I didn’t know it at the time, but tore two ligaments in my wrist. Golf was very painful and I was shooting mid 90s. It’s a miracle I was able to even swing a club in the shape I was in. After that, I wasn’t as serious for a while. Life happened. I was starting new careers, modifying cars, chasing girls... I’d still play every so often, but it was frustrating that I wasn’t the 4 handicap anymore. I also didn’t have many friends locally that played. In the last two years my cousin has gotten bite by the golf bug lol he’s always been like the brother I’ve never had so it was great to have a playing partner. I’ve played more in the last 2 years with a wife, kids, and a busy career simply because I’ve found the desire again. Now I have 3 little boys and I can’t wait to take them out to play. I had my oldest at the course before he was even two. He loves it. Now that I have them I don’t think I’ll let it fade away like I did no matter how poorly I play. It’ll become our thing and I’ll watch my boys chase the dreams of the game.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 01:07 PM

Its funny that I came across this. Yesterday we had 63* in southern NJ. My daughter's boyfriend asked me to play. $25 bucks all you could get in. A few things happened. 1. Every yahoo and and his mother was out and tee times were STACKED on each other. 2. We got paired up with 2 jokers (nice guys, but one guy screamed all the time). 3. The course was SOAKED... It was probably the 1st time in 30+ years of playing that I wanted to pack it in and really lost interest. We eventually did on 18 b/c of darkness but jeez what a day.  

I will say that there are times that I could care less about playing and I cant play the way I once did and I wonder what will happen when I get to the point i go senior flex and move up tees and cant hit a drive 200 yds.
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Posted 06 February 2019 - 03:18 PM

Mine has as far as casual golf.  Can't stand it.  Unless its an amazing course.  Still love to compete though.  Basically don't practice either #facepalm.

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 04:56 PM

My dad is about to turn 68 and he had been playing since he was about 5 or 6 and if he plays more than 5 rounds a year it's a surprise. He broke his wrist about 3 or 4 years ago, and after having the pins put in, he just doesn't have the same game he used to. Stopped playing cause he can't do the things on the course he was accustomed to and simply doesn't get as much enjoyment out of the game anymore.

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 10:43 PM

View PostFrostfield, on 06 February 2019 - 03:18 PM, said:

Mine has as far as casual golf.  Can't stand it.  Unless its an amazing course.  Still love to compete though.  Basically don't practice either #facepalm.
I'm the opposite. I have no desire to play competitive golf anymore. I dont enjoy the grind of practicing all the time, and I'm not on the golf course to work. I'm there to enjoy myself, the company, and being outdoors.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 07:36 PM

I would say my interest in golf has increased as my interest in other sports has faded. I am sure it could reverse but I like golf for different reasons then those other sports


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Posted 18 February 2019 - 01:08 PM

After not playing consistently for the past few years, the desire has not worn off for me.  Having a kid will do that i suppose.

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 05:48 PM

I wouldn’t say it fades away permanently for anyone who loves the game but every man at one point on the course will experience a time when they contemplate what life will be like without golf.  If that makes sense.
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