I've been playing for about 24 years now. Ya know how I can tell my interest hasn't faded yet? Because I live in NY, and we're forced to take a few months off every year for the weather. And during those months off I go nuts wishing I could get out and play golf.<br />
In some ways the forced break is a good thing. I imagine it keeps me from burning out.<br />
If you ever feel like your interest is fading away, I would invite you to come up north where this past week it was -50C with the Windchill. I am sure that will give you a swift kick in the butt to grab your sticks and go play.<br />
Mine has as far as casual golf. Can't stand it. Unless its an amazing course. Still love to compete though. Basically don't practice either #facepalm.<br />
For me it has as far as playing. I still practice some and constantly try new clubs and work on them as I enjoy doing it. But its a time factor and changing interest. Played college golf and now I can still hit it about as well but that is due to equipment. I feel with time my short game could get where I could still be a low single digit hc. But I don't want to spend the time to get there and I don't enjoy it when guys are beating me that in my eye aren't very good. Other thing is other interest. I have started welding and gotten into bow hunting. Both I really like and do not take as much time. Maybe when I retire things may change, but right now there is only so much you can do on a weekend and between making grand kids events and things needed around the house, its hard for me to justify 5 hours to play. But I still do enjoy going to the range for and hour or so.
My interest in golf has faded the last few years. I used to play probably around 100 rounds a year. Personal things came up and I'm just not able to play that much anymore. I don't think I even played 10 times last year. So far this year I've played twice, but I am playing a scramble tournament on Saturday. I have a way of taking all the fun out of my hobbies. When I can't perform to a certain level I just don't want to do it and I'm often unwilling or unable to put in the time to get me to that level of performance. I know it's a character flaw. Hopefully someday I can get over it and can just enjoy doing things.
I find that at age 66 my enthusiasm for the game has increased not faded.
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