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Do you go golfing or do you play golf?

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#1 KillerPenguin

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:22 AM

It's a slow morning and I haven't seen this debate on the forums for a while.  How do you describe the action of playing the game of golf?  Do you play golf or do you go golfing?  I lean more towards saying that i "play golf" but I'm not a hater, though I recognize no one says, "I'm gonna go basketballing," though many people on the way to the rifle range will say they're off to go shooting.  So WRXers, what's the proper description, and more importantly, what phrase do you usually use?

And yes, it's dumb question and there's no need to post a response if all you're going to say is that this a dumb question.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:25 AM

Not a dumb question, I’m sure there are opinions on the topic.  Personally I don’t have a preference but I think I say “play golf” more often.
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Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:26 AM

I do battle against the elements in a fight to death.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:35 AM

When my wife asks if I'm going golfing, I tell her "I'm going to play golf".  Saying "going golfing" just make's it sound like a frivolous activity to me, which I think we can all agree it is not.

Now that I think about it though, maybe it's the other way around.  Hunting, fishing, working, etc.  Those sound a little less frivolous than "playing a game".  Hmm, maybe I need to rethink this.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:41 AM

Either, it doesn't matter to me, regardless of what other people think.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:57 AM

Practice: Hit balls
Play: Play golf


I have found, although probably just a coincidence, that those who use the term “going golfing” also have a proclivity to shellfish allergies, find Dennis Miller to be funny, are driven to tell you about their brother's golf game on the first tee.
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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:00 AM

View PostFerguson, on 23 January 2019 - 10:57 AM, said:

Practice: Hit balls
Play: Play golf


I have found, although probably just a coincidence, that those who use the term “going golfing” also have a proclivity to shellfish allergies, find Dennis Miller to be funny, are driven to tell you about their brother's golf game on the first tee.

Similar for me, I tell the wife I’m going to “hit a bucket of ball” or just simply “I’m going to play today”. She knows what it means.

If she brings it up though, she asks “are you going golfing today”?
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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:21 AM

Either, or....depends how asked, I fit response to who's inquiring.
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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:30 AM

"Play golf" for me.  It's always been a pet peeve of mine to hear people say "golfing".  I don't know why, but it is.  I don't judge them for it at all, but I do cringe inside every time I hear it.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:33 AM

I play golf.  I also play these clubs, I don't "game" them.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:36 AM

View PostBrianMcG, on 23 January 2019 - 10:26 AM, said:

I do battle against the elements in a fight to death.
You might want to look for another club to join.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:41 AM

Both- and more!

I am going to play golf.
We are going golfing
I am golfing.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:42 AM

This winter, I'm just going for a walk in the mud.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:43 AM

View Postchris975d, on 23 January 2019 - 11:30 AM, said:

"Play golf" for me.  It's always been a pet peeve of mine to hear people say "golfing".  I don't know why, but it is.  I don't judge them for it at all, but I do cringe inside every time I hear it.



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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:48 AM

I tell people I play golf or are going to play golf. My wife tells people I'm going golfing and my co-workers sometimes ask if I am going golfing or went golfing.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:51 AM

View Postdavep043, on 23 January 2019 - 11:33 AM, said:

I play golf.  I also play these clubs, I don't "game" them.

Every time I see, 'My new weapons' when referring to someone's clubs I cringe so hard.  There's no battle going on here folks.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:54 AM

View Postleezer99, on 23 January 2019 - 11:51 AM, said:

View Postdavep043, on 23 January 2019 - 11:33 AM, said:

I play golf.  I also play these clubs, I don't "game" them.

Every time I see, 'My new weapons' when referring to someone's clubs I cringe so hard.  There's no battle going on here folks.
I'll admit, I've called them "tools", but never weapons.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 12:06 PM

My go to saying with my friends is "touch the links". We only say it once and then just nod of approval (internal wishes of good striking)
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Posted 23 January 2019 - 12:22 PM

I use the term golfing or going to go golfing more often than "play golf"

Practice: Hitting the range or putting green.
Playing:  Golfing or going golfing

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 12:40 PM

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 23 January 2019 - 11:00 AM, said:

View PostFerguson, on 23 January 2019 - 10:57 AM, said:

Practice: Hit balls
Play: Play golf


I have found, although probably just a coincidence, that those who use the term “going golfing” also have a proclivity to shellfish allergies, find Dennis Miller to be funny, are driven to tell you about their brother's golf game on the first tee.

Similar for me, I tell the wife I’m going to “hit a bucket of ball” or just simply “I’m going to play today”. She knows what it means.

If she brings it up though, she asks “are you going golfing today”?

This is my life as well.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 12:50 PM


This pretty much sums it up for me!

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 03:36 PM

It's "play gof" ... you don't pronounce the 'L'.
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Posted 23 January 2019 - 03:46 PM

I play golf.  Some would argue I have no business in the attempt but I am out there never the less.

As someone else said, range = hit balls, actually [attempting to] play = play golf or just play.  "Going to [insert course name] to play."

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 03:54 PM

I do not go tennising, softballing, racquetballing, or golfing.

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    haha, we don't play for 5's

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 04:00 PM

surely nobody sane adds the "ing" on the end, not a true wrx'r anyways

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 04:17 PM

I practice and play golf unless i'm karateing while my daughters are pianoing.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 04:45 PM

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"Play golf" for me.  It's always been a pet peeve of mine to hear people say "golfing".  I don't know why, but it is.  I don't judge them for it at all, but I do cringe inside every time I hear it.

I judge them, and not kindly.
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Posted 23 January 2019 - 04:50 PM

View PostTimbo929, on 23 January 2019 - 04:17 PM, said:

I practice and play golf unless i'm karateing while my daughters are pianoing.

Or bowling or skiing?
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Posted 23 January 2019 - 04:51 PM

Golf is not a verb.......ever.  We play golf.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 04:51 PM

What about playing fish?


Edited by BrianMcG, 23 January 2019 - 04:52 PM.

Walter: Tell me Bobby, why do you play this game?
Bobby: I play because I love it.
Walter: Well I play for the money. I have to win. That is why every time we face each other I will always beat you.

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