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#1 rxk9fan

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 05:55 AM

It is 4:40am and I have been up 2 hours.  Why.....because it is January and it is going to be 60 degrees here today and tomorrow AND I GET TO PLAY GOLF both days after playing on a simulator yesterday!

It is a sickness to be so ate up with this game that your mind simply can not get enough!  How many others out there feel my pain?

I turned 60 years old last week and have played hundreds and hundreds of rounds of golf.  I live on a golf course and know that I hit more balls on this practice range than any member.  I work long hours at a job I love but it does not stop me from thinking about golf 7 days a week.

I am as anxious to play today as I was the first time I teed it up 45 years ago.

Does this game still do it for/to you?  Do you put your head on your pillow at night and start thinking about clubs, your swing, the course?  Do you wake up in the morning and login to golfwrx to get your fix?  Just how sick are you my friend?

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:18 AM

Same here man, on the box at 11am here in Iowa, been up for an hour already, get to play Sunday also.

Like a 6 year old on Christmas morning.....

I m very, very sick.
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 08:24 AM

I know the feeling my man. Not to long ago i remember asking my wife "is it possible to be addicted to golf? bc i think i might actually have a problem". She responded with a laugh and said "dont worry about it, there are MUCH worse things people get addicted to". Im lucky shes super cool and i pretty much live with a club in my hand when at home. Who wouldve known a wedge is a pretty handy tool for picking up the kids toys?

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 08:53 AM

I think if you're 60 years old and still excited by a game of golf, you're in a good place :)

It's when anything and everything is boring that you have a problem.

Edited by No Catchy Nickname, 05 January 2019 - 08:53 AM.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:50 AM

View PostNo Catchy Nickname, on 05 January 2019 - 08:53 AM, said:

I think if you're 60 years old and still excited by a game of golf, you're in a good place :)

It's when anything and everything is boring that you have a problem.

Well said Sir!!!!!!!

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 05:27 PM

I was okay until I started playing the course in my head at 10 pm. Then I was wide awake for some time, and had to take some medication to get to sleep. Nerves!
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 05:30 PM

View Postplatgof, on 05 January 2019 - 05:27 PM, said:

I was okay until I started playing the course in my head at 10 pm. Then I was wide awake for some time, and had to take some medication to get to sleep. Nerves!

That was Paul Azingers trick, he would play the entire round in his head the night before. He picked that up from someone who, if I remember correctly, approached him and said, “I don’t know anything about golf but I can help you play better.”

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 07:27 PM

Sounds very familiar (I'm almost 60 as well). Homepage at both home and when is WRX. Always thinking about golf, swing, clubs etc. First TV channel is golf. Sit down when I get home and watch the various youtubers. Practice my swing every night (that's not helping though unfortunately). A good addiction I guess. Golf is a great sport huh?!

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 07:49 PM

View Postplatgof, on 05 January 2019 - 05:27 PM, said:

I was okay until I started playing the course in my head at 10 pm. Then I was wide awake for some time, and had to take some medication to get to sleep. Nerves!

Other people count sheep on their pillow, unknown to my wife, for years I pictured a game of golf on my way to sleep.
Seldom did I make it to the back nine before I surrender to the Hypnos.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 08:27 PM

Had to check the user name on the original post. Thought I might have made it and forgotten.


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:18 PM

When I was in my mid-20s to early 30's going to the golf course got to be like going to the office. Nowadays, with kids and the etc., golf is so much rarer that the anticipation and excitement definitely keeps me up the night before.

It's so ridiculous. I'll go out and walk 18 on 3 and a half hours of sleep. Can't be helping my scores.
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:31 PM

View Postjholz, on 05 January 2019 - 09:18 PM, said:

When I was in my mid-20s to early 30's going to the golf course got to be like going to the office. Nowadays, with kids and the etc., golf is so much rarer that the anticipation and excitement definitely keeps me up the night before.

It's so ridiculous. I'll go out and walk 18 on 3 and a half hours of sleep. Can't be helping my scores.

Same here. I find myself getting tired by the end of the round because I didn't get enough sleep the night before.
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 02:52 AM

I get like that before tournaments recently.

Before, I could sleep very easily. 2018 did something weird though, and I had a hard time sleeping before tournaments

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 07:46 AM

I'm almost 68, have been playing for 54 years, but I don't think about golf anymore, much. I'm on WRX every day, but I'm on the computer anyway, right? I was pitching foam balls yesterday in the living room. Our golf league starts in 107 days, ho hum, I guess that's why I got  even more some new golf balls and went ahead and put my mark on them. I had a dream the other night that I hit a drive over 400 yards. What I really like liked about game is was enjoying it, not stats so much. So, back to your question, am I too excited/sick to sleep? I guess I could give it another 54 years to be sure...

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 09:45 AM

I'm on WRX everyday too.  It's my golf fix you see because not only is it the off-season up here in the Great White North (which is still quite green BTW), but my season was scuttled by a long term back issue.

The way I see it is that the day I give up on GolfWRX is likely to be the day that I've given up on the game.  There are lots of guys I know that play with a bad back.  It's just finding a way that works and a level of play that you are willing to accept to stick with it.  It certainly changes one's perspective.

I can remember being a bit like the OP and having sleepless nights in anticipation of a round where I would begin to play the round out in my head.  I can also remember becoming bored with certain courses and certain playing partners.  Now I look back on those memories and am thankful for having had the experiences.

They say there's a reason for everything.  I just haven't been able to figure out what the reason is for this.  In the meantime I try my best to remain hopeful for what the future may bring.

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 09:48 AM

View Postrxk9fan, on 05 January 2019 - 05:55 AM, said:

It is 4:40am and I have been up 2 hours.  Why.....because it is January and it is going to be 60 degrees here today and tomorrow AND I GET TO PLAY GOLF both days after playing on a simulator yesterday!

It is a sickness to be so ate up with this game that your mind simply can not get enough!  How many others out there feel my pain?

I turned 60 years old last week and have played hundreds and hundreds of rounds of golf.  I live on a golf course and know that I hit more balls on this practice range than any member.  I work long hours at a job I love but it does not stop me from thinking about golf 7 days a week.

I am as anxious to play today as I was the first time I teed it up 45 years ago.

Does this game still do it for/to you?  Do you put your head on your pillow at night and start thinking about clubs, your swing, the course?  Do you wake up in the morning and login to golfwrx to get your fix?  Just how sick are you my friend?

I have been playing golf for 30 years.  The first few years, I could not sleep the night before my round.  It's gotten better now.
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 10:01 AM

We need more POSITIVE threads like this.  I gave everyone a "like" to this point cause I'm digging the vibe.  Thanks OP.

I too rehash a recent round to fall asleep and if that doesn't work I resort to melatonin.

55 yo here and daily WRX attendant.  Love the site and have even played with a number of you.  ALL good people.

Unlike many here, I'm sure I've saved more money than the site has cost me (Deal Or No Deal section addiction)... though I do have a closet full of discounted golf balls that I make NO apologies for.

You guys are great and I hope you ALL shave a few strokes off your cap this year.
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 06:13 PM

Sir, pretty sure you are one of those guys everyone enjoys playing with!  I know I would love the opportunity :-)
Thank you for the kind words!!!!!
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Posted 07 January 2019 - 07:27 AM

I'm 66 and I think I get more out of the game than I did 20 years ago.
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Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:12 AM

i'm at a point where golf's charm has wore off and not to excited to play anymore. I suppose stress from work and family gets the best of you. hopefully when things settle down I will have that itch again for golf. lately, after years of not playing, I am picking up my clubs and taking swings in the house though. hopefully I get out there like I used to and could have that same feeling you are having.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 02:44 PM

I don't know that it counts as addiction, but when I've had to have surgery, my first thought has been "so, when can I play golf?'.  At 68, I've been playing for nearly 50 years, and I get excited on the way to the course.  I remember, quite clearly, exceptional shots from years past.  How they felt, what they looked like, the club, everything.  Edit, to SixtySomething, kudos on finding a wife that will let you pitch foam balls in the living room.  My wife looks at me suspiciously when I carry a club through the living room.

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:32 PM

 rxk9fan, on 05 January 2019 - 05:55 AM, said:

It is 4:40am and I have been up 2 hours.  Why.....because it is January and it is going to be 60 degrees here today and tomorrow AND I GET TO PLAY GOLF both days after playing on a simulator yesterday!

It is a sickness to be so ate up with this game that your mind simply can not get enough!  How many others out there feel my pain?

I turned 60 years old last week and have played hundreds and hundreds of rounds of golf.  I live on a golf course and know that I hit more balls on this practice range than any member.  I work long hours at a job I love but it does not stop me from thinking about golf 7 days a week.

I am as anxious to play today as I was the first time I teed it up 45 years ago.

Does this game still do it for/to you?  Do you put your head on your pillow at night and start thinking about clubs, your swing, the course?  Do you wake up in the morning and login to golfwrx to get your fix?  Just how sick are you my friend?

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:44 PM

Was looking forward to playing a course I hadn't been on in months. A local muni, nothing fancy but looked forward to it for days in advance. Shot an 81 with a triple and two doubles (never broke 80) and now I can't wait until Saturday when I play again, different course. I am infected with Golf for sure.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:20 PM

Iím addicted to golf, but like your wife said ďthere are worse things to be addicted toĒ.  I donít lose sleep over golf, but I spend way too much of my free time and mental energy on golf. Iím a husband and father and employee as well, so I take those roles seriously. Iím a homeowner and investor and coach etc etc. I take those roles seriously too. You get the picture.

But Iíve gotten to the age where Iím not necessarily picking up something new to better myself in any appreciable way, and Iím on track to meet my retirement goals sooner than most. So golf makes for a great passion to prepare me for a life of more golf post working.

My addiction to golf has probably stunted my career somewhat, and has definitely consumed me to the point that Iíve not picked up some new hobby or acquired some new skill in a while (except compressing a golf ball).  My marriage is really good, and Iím a pretty good Dad. But I could be better at both. And Iíve had a successful career by basically any measure, but I imagine if I werenít cutting out at 2 on Fridays or leaving early to hit balls / play, I could have achieved even more.

Anyway, Iím even more hooked now than usual because I just joined a new club and it is awesome!  So golf is also cutting in to my early retirement/net worth too...but I love it too much!

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 02:59 AM

Minus 2 outside. Hard frost. And work. Next session will be Saturday. Enjoy your games gentlemen.


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 05:35 AM

I'll be 68 this year.  I'm just coming back after a 15 year hiatus.  I told my brother the other day I've spent more time practicing, studying, and thinking about golf during the past 5 months than I did for my entire life before this.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 05:45 AM

 LeftDaddy, on 08 January 2019 - 11:20 PM, said:

I'm addicted to golf, but like your wife said "there are worse things to be addicted to".  I don't lose sleep over golf, but I spend way too much of my free time and mental energy on golf. I'm a husband and father and employee as well, so I take those roles seriously. I'm a homeowner and investor and coach etc etc. I take those roles seriously too. You get the picture.

But I've gotten to the age where I'm not necessarily picking up something new to better myself in any appreciable way, and I'm on track to meet my retirement goals sooner than most. So golf makes for a great passion to prepare me for a life of more golf post working.

My addiction to golf has probably stunted my career somewhat, and has definitely consumed me to the point that I've not picked up some new hobby or acquired some new skill in a while (except compressing a golf ball).  My marriage is really good, and I'm a pretty good Dad. But I could be better at both. And I've had a successful career by basically any measure, but I imagine if I weren't cutting out at 2 on Fridays or leaving early to hit balls / play, I could have achieved even more.

Anyway, I'm even more hooked now than usual because I just joined a new club and it is awesome!  So golf is also cutting in to my early retirement/net worth too...but I love it too much!


I just erased way too long of a post, but where I am going is that we could all probably do more and be more to those we are around.  I know of a lot of people who are better than I but I know of no one who has done everything they could have done. I am selfish with part of my time.  But in the end, if we have treated people with courtesy and respect, provided for those we are responsible for, and loved those we should...that is not a bad start to living a decent life.
As for profession, I too have been blessed with a position that allows me to come and go a fair amount.  But, I will justify that with I will always be there when needed. After one natural disaster I did not leave for 26 hours straight and my week ended on 104 hours, and the decision to do it again if needed would not even be a decision.  As far as getting up the ladder I try to look at it this way...when I take my last breath will I lie there thinking I should have worked to get higher or did I work too much to get where I got?  Hopefully I will feel like I got where I wanted and needed to be.
I am sure you have worked hard to achieve what you have.  This will just be noise but IMO just keep working towards where you want to go. I can certainly respect anyone who provides for those they should, loves those they should, and then takes the time left to work harder or play more.  I think you have it figured out!
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:20 AM

Great topic!  It’s true.  At 62 (63 next month), I’m as excited about playing as ever. In the season I’ll be waking  up at 2 then 3 then 4 thinking “ please let it be 6” on mornings I’m playing.  So far since Christmas I’ve gotten 35 holes in in northern Ohio.
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