Just so you don't think I am a 2 trick pony, I began playing golf after maybe a 15 year hiatus. During that time, I would play 1-2 times a year just to stay familiar and each time I played I played not well but not terrible (I had a 2 handicap when I played which is pretty good). I actually even won a county amateur event in Ohio...how bout that?! I'm not trying to get good, just needed something on days I am recovering from a hard hike or bike ride (doing a lot of the former, little of the latter).
I began practicing a little but overdid things and some seldom used muscles rebelled so had to take things slow. I also noticed the golf muscles have atrophied so the distance I hit a ball is really pretty sad. I stayed with it, began playing 9 holes then 18 so am playing 1-2 times a week. I'm very competitive but am relieved I am no longer the club throwing, cursing maniac I once was...ok, I didn't throw clubs but I would get so angry with myself back in the day. My expectations are so low now that I almost smile when I hit a ball in the pond or out of bounds.
Golf has changed a bit since last I played seriously. Some people have music playing from their golf carts which is weird. Lot of people use a golf ball brand purchased from Costco called Kirkland? The pace of play seems faster and am getting around in 4 hours but when the snow birds return that may change. I get a big kick out of listening to playing partners give me advice on golf equipment. Eventually they ask what I did/do for a living and when I tell them I used to travel the world giving 5 hour seminars on golf club design, lectured in front of PGA tour pros at the Honda Classic and spent a lot of time in Taiwan and China at golf foundries, well, they stop telling me what they know about golf clubs. My Ohio State club cover gets a reaction so that too is fun. Well, way too much about my background, on to hiking.
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