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DEACONTOM SparkPoints: (55,824)
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7/22/11 2:48 P

I love it but I am really bad at

PAPABOB2012 Posts: 225
7/20/11 7:35 A

Greatest sport in the world. I love getting out there and challenging myself to be better each time.

SLINKERD SparkPoints: (0)
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7/19/11 5:35 P

I used to play once or twice a year. Since i relocated to NW Arkansas for business i am playing 10-12 times a year now. Haven t set an official handicap but am sure it would be up there as i still am learning. It is a game of practice.

GEORGE7551 Posts: 1,677
7/7/11 6:51 P

haven't played all year!

TLCOVERT1 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/5/11 11:46 A

I used to play a lot, especially the years I lived in the Philippines. I never got better than a bogie golfer though. Greens fees were only $60 for three months, and a caddie was $5 for 18 holes. If you ever get a chance to play golf in the Philippines, be sure and check out Luicita near Tarlac, and the course in Baguio that used to be on Camp John Hay.

SUZIENJAZ SparkPoints: (0)
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6/22/11 5:05 P

My husband plays. I am curious enough to try it when the weather cools off a bit.

I was wondering why there aren't any sets of golf clubs over at the spark goodies area. I was looking to "buy" a set with my SP points and give them to my hubby. It's a goofy thing really - He has a real set in the car.

Are SP goodies even a motivator? Oh well to each his own. I got him a "golf game" instead and it took him 3 days before he even realized it. We are both really busy people who are here mostly for tracking calories and fitness so we can loose weight.

RSOARES Posts: 357
6/22/11 3:22 P

I love the Game...more of a recreational player...i like a cigar and a beer or two.
I shot in the low 90's high 80's.
I got involved with a charity that runs a one day golf Marathon outing to raise money for the caddie scholarship fund and you play as many holes in one day from 8am until first year i got and even 100 holes in and last year my partner and i did 120. This year i will do three enjoyable rounds in that one day...

MATTDEL Posts: 720
6/22/11 1:20 P

I didn't start playing until my late 30's. I use to follow the mindset of a George Carlin routine where he made fun of golfers...something about golf be a huge waste of time, you hit a little white ball, go find it, and hit it again....

I started playing because my brother put together a team for a scramble...My father in law took me out to teach me the basics, and I was hooked. I went and bought some knock off clubs and they have served me well. Keep in mind, I'm a casual golfer and don't really care about my score, I just enjoy the day out on the course. If funds are an issue, spend your money on a good putter and driver.

About the only time I touch my clubs now is to move them from one room to another when I'm cleaning up the basement. Back injury, a growing child that I would prefer to spend time with, reduction in discretionary income, and the wife's glare have all contributed to my lack of play time.

However, I am going up to the Dells this summer with family and we have already staged out a couple of "men" days to go golfing...There is strength in numbers.

GOLFPRO SparkPoints: (63,195)
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6/22/11 1:00 P

Clubs are a tough choice because of the investment required. Custom fit clubs are always the best choice, but not always the most affordable. There are some good brands that offer custom fit clubs for decent prices. Tour Edge and Cobra are two of the more reputable ones.

If you don't want to make that investment quite yet, look for a good quality used set. Knockoffs and cheap sets are no good. They aren't weighted properly and easily break. A 5-6 year old used set is very affordable but still offers new technology and great quality.

JOSHTOWNLEY SparkPoints: (0)
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6/22/11 1:27 A

Thanks for replying GOLFPRO.
I've had lots of problems with my joints, so I've been off all sports for many years, but playing golf the other day reminded me of just how much I enjoy playing sport and how much I missed it.
I'm wondering now what equipment I should buy to get started. I think a decent golfing glove is near the top of my list as I have a nice bruise on my hand from the weekend.
What would you recommend in terms of clubs? I'm not sure whether to start with a cheap beginners set, or gradually build up a decent set a few at a time.

GOLFPRO SparkPoints: (63,195)
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6/21/11 10:29 P name kind of says it...I'm a golf pro. Started playing when I was 11...been playing for 23 years now. Turned pro when I was 20 years old. Lowest score is 65 (-7). Only two holes in one. I'm a PGA Class 'A' Member and the Director of Golf for a golf resort.

Edited by: GOLFPRO at: 6/21/2011 (22:30)
JOSHTOWNLEY SparkPoints: (0)
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6/21/11 10:08 P

When I was a kid, I always thought Golf was the most boring sport imaginable, and would groan whenever it came on the TV.
I'd never played before (apart from mini golf, and once at the driving range a few months ago), but I played 9 holes with a friend on the weekend, and absolutely loved it! I didn't think I did too badly, either (25 over par with a few really satisfying shots in there).
I need to be careful now not to go crazy and spend a whole lot of money on golf stuff.

Do you play golf? How often, and how did you get into it? What's your handicap?
Share any golfing tales here.

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