More than just a cool slogan on a hoodie, the words “I play golf” have had such a strong impact on me throughout my life.
Like any kid growing up, I had a variety of interests… but ultimately, sports ran my life. Whether it was watching or playing, I lived for basketball during basketball season, football during football season, and baseball during baseball season. But ever since I could walk, I took a strange liking to golf in particular, and it never had an “off-season” to me. In the spring, summer and fall months, I went to the range (often forcing my mom to videotape my swing for hours), to the golf course with my dad, or hit pitch shots in my backyard until sunset or long after. In the winter, I chipped on the carpet in our living room, or I swung a golf club in a mirror working on my positions. I was obsessed with the game.
Often times, however, it was a personal obsession; something I kept to myself. Kids can be cruel, and playing golf was more of a reason to be ridiculed than praised for me while growing up. So I always told people “I play basketball,” or “I play football.” Rarely did I say, or at least say proudly, “I play golf.”
But as time went on, and I went from playing golf in junior events, to high school matches, to playing golf in college, I started saying it more and more proudly. My college peers, probably from all of the student-athlete gear I’d wear to and from class, knew I played a sport at Rutgers. They’d ask, “what do you play; baseball or lacrosse or something?” And I’d answer, “No, I play golf.”
I was being borderline cocky with my answer, if we’re being honest. I liked playing Division I golf, plus I had worked so hard to get there I felt entitled to that bravado. It also felt good to not hide my passion for golf amongst my peers anymore like I did when I was younger. Some people even thought it was pretty cool I played golf.
A funny thing happened my junior year while on the golf team at Rutgers, however. A tumor popped up into my spine, and the back spasms were so bad I needed immediate surgery. Back surgery at 20 years old is far from ideal for anyone, but as a collegiate golfer with big aspirations, it could have meant the end of my career. And it almost did.
I was forced, both physically and by my doctors, to red shirt my senior year. That meant I did not in fact play golf. For awhile, I couldn’t even stand to putt, let alone work on my swing at the range. “I play golf.” Maybe those are words I’ll never say again, I thought at the time.
Sometime during my senior season, however, I began swinging the golf club again. Then I started playing golf again. Then I started scoring pretty well during practice rounds, and I felt I was “back.” But this time around, I had a new appreciation for the sport that I’ve always loved.
After graduating from Rutgers, and with a year of eligibility still left to play collegiately, I took my (mostly diminished) talents to Hawaii; a Division II school called Hawaii Pacific University. When people asked me at HPU what sport I played, I proudly — not with embarrassment, apprehension, or some unwarranted cockiness — told them “I play golf.”
The words “I play golf” may have different meanings to you, depending on your perspective. Actually, I had a swing coach one time who would repeatedly ask me, “Do you play golf swing or do you play golf?” to which I’d answer “I play golf.” But, to me, the words “I play golf” on this hoodie represent a lifelong relationship with golf that went through ups and downs, but today I’m proud to be a golfer, and I’m proud to have the opportunity to play the game I love most. And to anyone who gets made fun of — kids, adults, whomever — for playing golf, I say screw em; be proud of who you are and what you love. Life’s too short to be ashamed of yourself, and golf truly is the greatest game ever played, isn’t it?
SQAIRZ launches new Pink shoe alongside the American Cancer Society
John Daly and SQAIRZ have partnered with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to launch the new SQAIRZ Pink men’s/women’s golf shoes to “take a swing at cancer.”
The release aims to increase awareness about breast cancer and breast cancer month, with a portion of all sales going directly towards the ACS.
The shoes feature all the benefits that SQAIRZ shoes offer and come in a pink, black and white color scheme.
As a reminder, the SQAIRZ shoes feature a toe design that allows the toes to spread and sit naturally in the shoes, enabling the feet to experience a full range of motion, comfort, and feel for the ground for enhanced balance and stability.
The shoes are available for both men and women and can be purchased at SQAIRZ.com for $249.97.
Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/13/21): Adams MB2 Raw irons
At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.
We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.
Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of Adams MB2 Raw irons
From the seller (@skaarsgard): “Adams MB2 RAW irons 4-P + G w/ Steelfiber i95 Stiff (Plus bonus 56* and shaft), G wedge w/ C Taper, clubs +1/2″length, and lies / lofts measure standard. $475.
The GW has a C Taper shaft and I am throwing in a 56* Edilon Sand Wedge which has the Steelfiber shaft should you want to use it. This shaft has some cosmetic damage near the hosel but certainly does not impact performance. The 9 iron struck a rock in a tournament – tried to capture close ups in pictures. I don’t think it impacts performance as I never noticed it. Aside from that grooves are still sharp and in way above average shape.
Ping Midsize feeling grips. Used one round last month but aside from that, unused since 2014-2015 timeframe. These are amazingly forgiving and wonderful clubs – all-time irons.”
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Adams MB2 Raw irons
Adam Scott WITB 2021 (October, new irons)
- Adam Scott’s what’s in the bag accurate as of the CJ Cup .
Driver: Titleist TSi4 (9 degrees, A2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X
3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (16.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 9 X
7-wood: Titleist TSi2 (21 degrees @20.25, D1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 9 X
Irons: Titleist 681,AS (4-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (48-10F, 52-12F, 56-10S, 60-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100
Putter: Scotty Cameron Xperimental Prototype Rev X11 (long)
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
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