I had fun today
It was a nice day (30*C), no clouds to speak of and I was getting the golf itch as I haven't played in a week. I called my local muni track and down I went for a 3:20pm tee off. I got paired with a father and young teenage son; the father has barely played in recent years and the son looked like he really didn't want to be there but was on a bonding experiment with the dad and he too had barely played. They did everything that everyone complains about on golf forums. We were pretty slow, 2:15 for the three of us for 9 with no one in front of us. They hacked it around losing at least 1 ball per hole. They never knew where their ball went. Getting a ball airborne for more than 75-80 yards was a miracle, let alone a shot that was halfway on target. I think they two-putted once with the rest being 4 putts. I didn't play particularly great (6-over on a pretty tame track for 9) but the company was fun.
I think what really made it enjoyable was the dad genuinely enjoyed being out and playing golf. He said he knew he was never going to be a pro (no **** sherlock) but what he said stuck with me. He said he legitimately enjoyed every single shot he hit on a golf course. It was the thrill of just being out there that he enjoyed and seeing the ball getting closer to the green and flag, regardless if it was a good or bad shot. I gave him a tip with his 3 wood, as him and the son had both broken theirs in a previous game (not intentionally he emphasized) that he should hit it off his front toe as he kept skying it. Like comical straight underneath it going more up than it goes forward type skied balls. His shot after the tip was flushed like 165 and in the fairway. He was so excited like I had just told him he had won 2 million dollars and said that it was almost like fate that we got paired together so I could give him this tip to help him. I don't think he really meant it as a religious kind of divine intervention, more like it was awesome to finally make clean contact kind of revelation and nobody had ever bothered to tell him what to do before. I told him to hit it more off of the middle of his stance with his irons and his iron game improved a bit on the last couple of holes. He was very proud of the full set of Callaway X-18s and matching BB04 Titanium 3 and 5 woods he got from China from a friend that is an airline pilot for $100, proudly claiming that had he bought them in North America he would have paid well over $1000. I just smiled and said "what a great find!"
I had fun today. I sucked and couldn't hit a putt to save my life. I hit some great wedge shots and the driver was crushed finally after a little bit of shaft roulette. I had fun today because of the father's infectious love for a game that he was really not very good at and was just enjoying an afternoon out with his son on the course. We parted ways at 9 as they roared up to the club house on their cart to get some food at the turn and we parted with a warm handshake and a wave goodbye. I had fun for the first time on a golf course in a long time and I think it will stick with me for a while to just go out and be appreciative that I have the option to go out and chase a white ball around a park.
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