by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Golf Australia Express : GA Express 289
NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT I am constantly surprised, though I probably shouldn’t be, by the number of golfers whose interest in the game doesn’t extend beyond whether they had two stableford points or three on the hole they’ve just played. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as they say on Seinfeld, but I find it intriguing all the same. For me golf is an all-consuming pursuit. My special interest is the endlessly fascinating variety of courses the game is played on but there are many areas beyond that to grab the attention. Equipment is one which has a lot of devotees as does the world of swing theories. Some people predominantly follow the professional game while others are immersed in the historical aspects of golf. Mention the rules and you’ll find a small but vocal group whose life mission is to try to understand and improve on the laws governing the game. But by far the biggest group, according to a particularly unscientific study I’ve undertaken in recent months, are the golfers who simply play the game without giving it any further consideration. Over the past couple of months I’ve made a point of asking playing partners at my own home club a couple of questions to ascertain their commitment to the game beyond a weekly tee time. The responses have been startlingly similar and reveal a whole army of players for whom golf seems to mostly be a way to get out of the house a couple of times a week and catch up with their mates. Most have never read a book about golf and disturbingly few are regular magazine readers. A few watch professional golf sporadically (mostly when the majors are on) and several would struggle to name a famous golf course beyond St Andrews or Augusta National. In fact it would be safe to assume, based on the clubhouse conversations most weeks, that the bulk are far more invested in football than they are in golf. And, startling as I and some others might find it, there really isn’t anything wrong with that. To me, these people are missing out on so much potential enjoyment by not actively taking an interest in everything the game has to offer but that is just my opinion. As someone who doesn’t have children, I’m more than familiar with being told “you don’t know what you’re missing out on” and would never seek to do the same to others about golf. On the flip side, however, I have been lucky enough to twice be present when a lightbulb moment has occurred for a golfer, both times at Barnbougle Dunes and both times with mates I had played with for several years. Both are now far more aware of the failings of the courses they play regularly and understand how much better the game can, and would be, if the majority of courses were better. They may have traded a modicum of enjoyment for a healthy dose of knowledge but they are now more involved and better informed members of the golf community. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, either. VIEW THE ROD MORRI is an award-winning writer and podcast presenter. He hosts The iseekgolf.com Podcast weekly. CLICK here to listen.
GA Express 288
GA Express 290