Do you go golfing or do you play golf?

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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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  • toctoc  2899WRX Points: 612Members Posts: 2,899 Titanium Tees
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    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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  • BrianMcGBrianMcG  2377WRX Points: 663Members Posts: 2,377 Platinum Tees
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  • BKN1964BKN1964  1075WRX Points: 161Members Posts: 1,075 Platinum Tees
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    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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  • hybrid25hybrid25 michigan 1589WRX Points: 177Members Posts: 1,589 Platinum Tees
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    Either, it doesn't matter to me, regardless of what other people think.
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  • FergusonFerguson  5656WRX Points: 2,929Handicap: 6.8Members Posts: 5,656 Titanium Tees
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    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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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank  14968WRX Points: 975ClubWRX Posts: 14,968 ClubWRX
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    Ferguson wrote:


    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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  • GSDriverGSDriver  781WRX Points: 152Handicap: 4Members Posts: 781 Golden Tee
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    Either, or....depends how asked, I fit response to who's inquiring.
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  • chris975dchris975d Georgia 2033WRX Points: 240ClubWRX Posts: 2,033 ClubWRX
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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.
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  • davep043davep043  4693WRX Points: 1,931Handicap: 6.3Members Posts: 4,693 Titanium Tees
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    I play golf. I also play these clubs, I don't "game" them.
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  • KillerPenguinKillerPenguin  591WRX Points: 139Members Posts: 591 Golden Tee
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    BrianMcG wrote:


    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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  • DpavsDpavs OverWRX'ed Michigan 3702WRX Points: 437ClubWRX Posts: 3,702 ClubWRX
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    Both- and more!



    I am going to play golf.

    We are going golfing

    I am golfing.
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  • caniac6caniac6  3255WRX Points: 889Handicap: 4Members Posts: 3,255 Titanium Tees
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    This winter, I'm just going for a walk in the mud.
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  • FergusonFerguson  5656WRX Points: 2,929Handicap: 6.8Members Posts: 5,656 Titanium Tees
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    chris975d wrote:


    "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.








    .................because by saying golfing, he had committed a crime.

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  • Bonneville85308Bonneville85308  1810WRX Points: 228Members Posts: 1,810 Platinum Tees
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    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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  • leezer99leezer99 Boy - 2026  1621WRX Points: 914Handicap: A BillionMembers Posts: 1,621 Platinum Tees
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    davep043 wrote:


    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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    There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.

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    leezer99 wrote:

    davep043 wrote:


    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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    Home is Reston, Virgina, with regular visits to Southern Pines, NC

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    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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  • Skaffa77Skaffa77 No place like the Sand Hills!  6908WRX Points: 227ClubWRX Posts: 6,908 ClubWRX
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    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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  • jli2636jli2636  1085WRX Points: 125Members Posts: 1,085 Platinum Tees
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    Ferguson wrote:


    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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  • golf_bhoygolf_bhoy  180WRX Points: 73Handicap: 6.0Members Posts: 180 Fairways
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    It's "play gof" ... you don't pronounce the 'L'.
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  • smashdnsmashdn Let's cut them trees down.  1865WRX Points: 630Members Posts: 1,865 Platinum Tees
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    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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  • daleheaddalehead  1771WRX Points: 468Members Posts: 1,771 Platinum Tees
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    I do not go tennising, softballing, racquetballing, or golfing.
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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to Canada 13293WRX Points: 2,179Handicap: 1.6Members Posts: 13,293 Titanium Tees
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    surely nobody sane adds the "ing" on the end, not a true wrx'r anyways
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    I practice and play golf unless i'm karateing while my daughters are pianoing.
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    chris975d wrote:


    "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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    Timbo929 wrote:


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




    Or bowling or skiing?
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  • sdandreasdandrea Steve  2642WRX Points: 497Handicap: 11Members Posts: 2,642 Titanium Tees
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    Golf is not a verb.......ever. We play golf.
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  • BrianMcGBrianMcG  2377WRX Points: 663Members Posts: 2,377 Platinum Tees
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    What about playing fish?



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    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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  • spartan6910spartan6910 Go Green, Go White! San Diego 400WRX Points: 82Handicap: +0.5Members Posts: 400 Greens
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    Do you play golf or do you go golfing?




    Yes
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