If you could go back in time would you tell yourself not to take up golf?

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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank  14981WRX Points: 995ClubWRX Posts: 14,981 ClubWRX
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    Nope, I would tell myself to quit the track team, and focus on golf. I think I might be a better player now if I had started learning in my teens, instead of my forties.

    Same here, except it was tennis, not track.

    I planned on giving up track for golf when I started my freshman year......then they dropped the golf program.

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  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now) 4084WRX Points: 422Handicap: 8.2Members Posts: 4,084 Titanium Tees
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    I actually would have played more.....
    I was always surfing weekend mornings when my dad was playing golf at Montecito CC.
    I told him I'd play more if you guys played later in the day, surf's glassy until 11am.

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    If I could go back in time, there are a few things I’d tell myself not to do. Golf is not one of them.

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  • oikos1oikos1  2638WRX Points: 456Members Posts: 2,638 Titanium Tees
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    It's a ball and a stick. Who the **** doesn't want to hit a ball with a stick?

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  • memphishornmemphishorn memphishorn  870WRX Points: 215Handicap: 8ClubWRX Posts: 870 ClubWRX
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    I would have gotten more committed earlier. Played the first time at 10-11 with ladies clubs. Started for real at 14, got to the 80’s at 16 and was a 5 hdcp at 18. Didn’t take many lessons early and just developed a swing without good fundamentals. Got older, married, kids, work and game sort of regressed to a mid 80’s shooter.

    Found more of a solid game in my 50’s (today’s equipment helps) and am now a 65 y/o 7 hdcp that is not afraid to play competitively. Used be terrified and nervous to play tournaments or match play. Now I am my clubs current match play champion.

    My dad got me started but always looked at it as pure recreation and thought I took it to seriously as a teenager. Wished he would have pushed me a little bit back then. Who knows?

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    Looks like I will be one of the few to say yes...I would tell my 12 year old self to run away and don’t look back. While golf has brought me some positives and on occasion I still enjoy it now - on balance, over the years, it’s been a major time and $ suck and a borderline addiction I can’t seem to shake...

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    as Tiger once said in an interview
    "NO"

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    On -, @Nessism said:

    On -, @2bGood said:

    So if you could go back in time, would you warn your younger self, not to get the golf bug?

    Of course not. I would do one thing different though: get lessons from the very beginning. I was able to get to single digit within a few years but my swing is not optimal and puts my back under more stress than a necessary. At this point it's too late though.

    First reply nailed it.
    If I could do it all over I wouldn't get fooled by the quick improvements any beginner gets with his lousy swing.
    In the best case scenario I would take lessons and practice properly from the outset as a 14 year old but since that wasn't really practical I would go to a good teacher first thing when I start over at age 27 after a seven year hiatus, instead of waiting to 32.

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    I would have taken it up sooner... and really tried to improve quickly early on.

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    I would take it more serious and take lessons earlier. Before any of my bad habits could take hold. .

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  • MychMych  2096WRX Points: 346Members Posts: 2,096 Platinum Tees
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    Golf has improved my home/work/life balance. I was playing tournament softball in my 20s and early 30s and that was tough on the wife/kids. I do wish I could go tell younger me to lay off the beer and sweets that are giving me knee problems now.
    But to play devil's advocate, I'd be retiring a few years earlier if I had spent my golf time on building a side business or just saving/investing the golf money.
    Overall I guess I can't complain about golf, it has given me a reason to set personal goals, compete, make good friends, and get some exercise and fresh air. My wife is a therapist and says I get grumpy when I don't play, so I guess it has been good for my mental health.

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  • ChronicSlicerChronicSlicer  1480WRX Points: 740Members Posts: 1,480 Platinum Tees
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    A few of us kids from the neighborhood starting messing around with golf at ages 12-15, I enjoyed it, but typical teenage things started to happen and golf was passed over. Didn't play again til I was 31-32, I really wish I would have been playing all those years I didn't.

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  • tdennietdennie  89WRX Points: 23Members Posts: 89 Fairways
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    Nope, I have met some good friends through golf and it's an activity I can always play with family when I'm in town.

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  • llewol007llewol007 4KidsGolfer San Jose, Ca 3541WRX Points: 162Handicap: 4.1ClubWRX Posts: 3,541 ClubWRX
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    No way. I would have told myself to take up the game sooner. Seek lessons early and start playing competitively. Are you kidding me. Imagine your job is to play golf and your office is the golf course.

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    If I could go back in time, I would tell my high school me to stop thinking golf is nerdy and a waste of time. I could actually say that I would kick my own **** for that.

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    No. I’d give up football, baseball etc,.. and played golf at a young age. I was over 30 before I caught the bug.

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  • caeye0710caeye0710  101WRX Points: 54Handicap: .5Members Posts: 101 Fairways
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    Nope - I'd tell my self in my junior years to ONLY focus on golf and try to get a small college scholarship somewhere.

    Golf doesn't owe us anything. We owe it everything.

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    My only regret / do over would be to start younger.

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  • braincramp52braincramp52 Freeport, Illinois 6152WRX Points: 1,424Handicap: 10Members Posts: 6,152 Titanium Tees
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    Like many, I wish I would have started younger. I was 35 when I decided there was actually normal people that played golf and not just snobby idiots.

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  • Munich77Munich77  345WRX Points: 101Members Posts: 345 Greens
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    The only regret I have is taking time off from golf for a couple of years. Golf has been a good stress release for me and sure is. Healer than therapy.

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    I would like to have started it earlier. Waited until about 40 to start, didn’t take lessons. Played all the sports coming along, but didn’t take golf up until late. But not too late to enjoy it!!!

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    So if you could go back in time, would you warn your younger self, not to get the golf bug?

    No. I didn't start playing until I was 50, when my doctor said I needed fresh air, sunshine, and exercise. Golf seemed to be the way to go as it would keep my outdoors for an extended period of time, while getting a good long walk in. I am now in better shape at 64 than I was at 50. In addition, golf has kept my sanity intact...for the most part.

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    Started messing around in the yard with an old 6 iron I found in a bargain bin when I was probably 8-10 years old. Would go to the driving range every now and again, and played a local pitch and putt a couple times a year with my dad. Really enjoyed it and played pretty well for a kid my age with no formal instruction. Then I started playing baseball and focused most of my time on that, played little league all the way up through high school, also played football in high school. Never really took golf seriously till I was in my mid-late 20’s.

    If I could go back and do it all over I would’ve focused completely on golf. Would’ve saved so much wear and tear on my body caused by baseball/football.

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    I'm 38 I just got bitten by the bug about 6 months ago. If I could go back in time to my early 20's I would tell myself to go play golf. I would love to know how much better the more athletic version of myself would have played the game, and how much better I would be at 38 if I had started all those years ago.

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    If anything I would have wish I picked the game up earlier and started young. I would have sacrificed all the sports I played in school for it had I known what I know now. Picked it up Junior year of High School and didn't get good until Summer after graduating. Would have loved to have had the opportunity for College offers and playing alongside other great amateurs. Still get to during the Summers in great AM events but the team aspect is always cool and is an experience I wish I had

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    That’s like saying :” I would rather be an entirely different person with a different life with different friends and a different existence....


    no, I like me and my life.

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    **** no. I wish I would of been more serious when I was younger.

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    No way. I actually wish i was introduced to the game earlier in my life. Started up the game after working at a golf shop during my senior year in high school. Then Tiger Mania happened and that was it for me.

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    The way I look at it I never had a choice. I was addicted to golf from Day 1. I started at 16 when I garbage picked an old set of irons. I still to this day practice 20 hours a week and play at least three to four nines a week. I still compete in the state am series and local district events. I'm 56 now and have been a 2 handicap for 30 years.

    I never get bored hitting golf balls. I spent 10 hours on a driving range twice last summer, LOL I had no idea what time it was and I just get lost hitting balls.

    I never lost my desire

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  • RP40RP40  141WRX Points: 122Members Posts: 141 Fairways
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    "So if you could go back in time, would you warn your younger self, not to get the golf bug?"


    To answer this I have to trace back to my childhood, and the first time I purred a ballata in the schoolyard with a persimmon 3-wood - after a buddy and I had stolen his dad's clubs from the garage one afternoon - and watched as it soared into a cloudless blue sky. ... And to steal a line from Tin Cup, felt it in my loins.

    Hell, I was 11 or 12, and I didn't even know what I was feeling, and I wanted to do it again.

    A few months later my great uncle, who'd long since retired, after finding out of my misbegotten golfing adventure, gifted me a 9-iron and putter he'd gotten out of the miscellaneous club barrel at the country club - and upon presenting them to me, said, "Treat the game right, and it's one that can last you a lifetime."

    Like what seemed like most kids of my generation, pre-video games, I grew up outdoors playing - and sports, regardless the season, occupied our days after school. Starting with kickball in the playground, to soccer, and football, and baseball, and basketball, and tennis - and yes, golf - I was playing some game/sport from gradeschool through high school and into college and afterwards.

    But as I grew older, and the requirements of life demanded more of me, slowly over time I had to give up all those other games because I either could no longer compete and/or the risk of injury was too great a risk on my livelihood.

    And always, my old friend - golf - kept calling to me.

    As I've gotten older yet, those words my great-uncle told me keep ringing in my ears.

    Now, could I have made time to have done more with my life had I never touched a club? Sure. ... I also could have done much less, but I have no regrets.

    And I am still seemingly in search of the feeling of that first purely struck 3-wood.

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