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#31 aras

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:50 PM

Getting old isn"t the problem, it"s the side effects.
Did not start golfing till age 50, worked hard at it and got to within 0.1 of single digit hcp.
I have gone thru two bouts of cancer(2003 and 2006) and was given 6 months to live in
April of 2007, but am obviously still here. I will be 70 this spring, hcp 17 now, but am so
thankful I can still golf 3 to 4 times a week. My point - enjoy the game , the friendships and
life while you can and don"t sweat the small stuff.


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 12:26 AM

I'm 73, play 5-6 times a week in warm weather (last year played 78 18's and 184 9's). I go to the range or practice green once or twice weekly. I feel my best golf is still ahead of me. Sometimes I need a little Advil but I think you will stay young longer if you just keep moving. What I have lost in distance I have picked in playing a bit smarter. The short game is your friend.

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 11:43 AM

I love the old guy threads. Iíve been swinging a club since I was 16 and that was 50 years ago, so I agree with the OP that golf has changed for me. At first it was a who could hit it the farthest contest with my hoodlum friends, and then it was a place to escape the pressures of job an family. Now that Iím retired itís a way to stay active and it brings back competitive tendencies that drove me in high school and college sports.

When you get older you realize youíre not going to be the guy who leads the team in rushing yards, clears 15 feet in the pole vault or can bench press 285. Those days are past. But you can still pure a 6 iron to 3 feet just like the best golfers in the world do. Granted, they do it from 30 yards further out, but the feeling of accomplishment is the same.

A couple of years ago I was playing the best golf of my life at 64. A busted arm derailed me for a while, but Iím finally back to scoring good numbers. Iíve ticked off most of my golf bucket list goals since retiring including HIO, Albatross and breaking 70, but I still have some things I plan on doing including winning a Club championship (missed it by one stroke last year) and shooting my age.

Eat healthy, exercise and donít abuse your body and you should be able to enjoy the game like the guys in my league who call me the young kid.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:34 AM

Since when, the golf game is different every month.
Time accelerate when one past 65.......... but I have friends whom are more active now than when they were younger.

Yes, time changed everything, but one could still enjoy the game of golf, at a different level.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:28 AM

One alarming thing about aging is that time seems to fly by.

Even this winter is travelling at breakneck speed.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:37 AM

View PostWriggles, on 13 February 2018 - 06:28 AM, said:

One alarming thing about aging is that time seems to fly by.

Even this winter is travelling at breakneck speed.

And yet that's still not fast enough!
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:23 PM

I had a hard time explaining to my friends that I will be playing the senior tees. They are in their forties and don't get it yet. Injuries are not decreasing as time moves on. I never know what is around the corner. I am playing senior shafts and have spent a lot of money on clubs lately. A blown knee took me out for about 5 months. I try to take my joint tablets regularly.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:25 PM

I had no idea you could get a joint in tablet form. :swoon:

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:04 PM

Great thread.   I'm 54 and knock on wood, have had no real health issues other than carrying to much weight.  My golf game has always been mediocre at best.  Handicap runs between 11 and 16 over 20+ years.  The past two years have been some of my best golf, but I can feel age catching up to me just a bit.  I have started yoga to improve flexibility.  I have never been flexible, so my goals are modest.   I really think this is the year where I can get to single digit handicap.  I don't care if its just for a weekend, for once in my life I want a single digit index.   I have also never broken 80.  A lot of 81's and 82's over the years.  

Have two kids and my youngest is graduating from college in May.  Both kids play and they are better than my by a LOT.   It is a joy to play with them.  Both my wife and I will be retired at the end of the year.  We both play golf and know full well that the next 10-15 years is as good as it is going to be.   Can't lie folks, I am longingly looking at the white tees.   I laugh now because despite the improvements in technology, there are holes that I used to hit 3 wood off the tee 20 years ago and now can hit driver all day long.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:19 PM

View PostWriggles, on 13 February 2018 - 06:28 AM, said:

One alarming thing about aging is that time seems to fly by.

Even this winter is travelling at breakneck speed.

And by the time you figure out that you should not be wishing your life away odds are you already have.....

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:37 PM

View Postplatgof, on 13 February 2018 - 07:23 PM, said:

I had a hard time explaining to my friends that I will be playing the senior tees. They are in their forties and don't get it yet. Injuries are not decreasing as time moves on. I never know what is around the corner. I am playing senior shafts and have spent a lot of money on clubs lately. A blown knee took me out for about 5 months. I try to take my joint tablets regularly.

Props to you for moving up. However, I find it a bit disheartening that you have to explain anything to your friends. At my home course I play the middle tees as there are no senior tees. If I go to a course that has senior tees that is what I will play. I don't explain anything. I just say those are the tees I will be playing. No one has ever said anything.
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 11:48 AM

View PostWriggles, on 13 February 2018 - 06:28 AM, said:

One alarming thing about aging is that time seems to fly by.

Even this winter is travelling at breakneck speed.

Relatively speaking, yes.
Time does seem to go by much faster when one aged, it is only because our mind is going slower than when we were younger.
This also work the same way when one has a very active mind.  
Time is constant as we use it for measurement, but everything else could accelerate or decelerate in relationship to the time.

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 11:54 AM

65, retired, shoulder, knee and lumbar surgeries.  I play 4 times a week, 11 handicapper now with zero practice.  I just enjoy what the game gives me.  No worries, just fun.
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 12:14 PM

I'm 60.  I am spending the winter in Arizona in a 55+ community that is filled with active people.  We have a walking executive course. What I notice here among these athletic types are the tales of woe concerning serious injuries suffered playing softball, or riding bicycles in the lycra crowd, out on roads.  When you are 65 or 70, any injury can be life changing.  Golf is a great sport for seniors.  I watch the softball games and think, "I could still do that", then I picture myself destroying a hamstring trying to leg out a hit.  No thanks, I'll stick to golf.

I never made much effort to stay in shape, but I don't put on weight, so that's good.  I can report that age 50 was the point where problems started to appear.   And it only gets worse.  But there is a lot you can do about it.  The earlier you start, the better your senior years will be.

I spend too much time watching the struggles of my 70-something playing partners here, and wondering if I'm going to get like that, or what can I do about it?  Just watched the 1997 Masters recap on TGC yesterday, and saw the same infirmities on the ceremonial tee shots.  So I guess it just goes with the territory.  One thing I do think is that at some point before you get old, you need to develop a swing based on rhythm and tempo instead of power.   I think those swings age better.  I play with guys nearing 80 who don't have long swings, but have the sense of rhythm and make nice contact.  Anyway, they all seem to have fun.  I guess that is the future!

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 12:22 PM

View Postwkuo3, on 15 February 2018 - 11:48 AM, said:

Relatively speaking, yes.
Time does seem to go by much faster when one aged, it is only because our mind is going slower than when we were younger.
This also work the same way when one has a very active mind.  
Time is constant as we use it for measurement, but everything else could accelerate or decelerate in relationship to the time.

What I've found is that the mundane every day routine makes time fly by. When there's nothing new or special for my mind to learn or make a memory of, the day seems to have been just a moment in time. The longest days are the ones that I fill with activities and new experiences.

My work weeks fly by and only on the weekends do I ever slow time down for a bit.

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 12:44 PM

I began playing golf 31 years ago.  My first set included Ben Hogan laminated woods, Ben Hogan Radial irons and a Spaulding
TP Mills putter and Titleist DT balls.  My game evolved to Persimmon woods, players blade irons, Ping putters and Titleist Tour Balata balls and my handicap dropped. I became a scratch golfer then as progression of life happens I got married and had children.  My golf time became less frequent, mostly due to the angst of the wife.  I am no longer married to the "Anti-Golf", as I referred to my wife (she hated that label).  I'm playing more golf and practicing more.  I got remarried to a person who understands what Golf means to me and my psyche.  She encourages me to practice and play and the result is my game is coming back.  There are many layers of rust on my game but I'm getting back to playing a respectable game as each rust layer is removed.  My goal is to become scratch again and play in some local tournaments and not embarrass myself.  I not nearly as long as I used to be but still hit it long enough as I'm approaching my mid 50s.  Maybe my golf is coming full circle and I'll be able to maintain the skills I once had.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 12:10 PM

Just keep it going as long as you can. I'm only 27 and I've already lost 2 whole seasons with elbow and shoulder tendonitis and then wrist surgery.  It is really hard to overcome.  I still am, because I can't practice as much as I want or the tendonitis rears its ugly head.  But just do what you can, when you can.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 12:39 PM

View Postsdandrea, on 15 February 2018 - 11:54 AM, said:

65, retired, shoulder, knee and lumbar surgeries.  I play 4 times a week, 11 handicapper now with zero practice.  I just enjoy what the game gives me.  No worries, just fun.

That's a very sound approach.
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