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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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We play golf. We do not go golfing We do not go basketballing, footballing, hockeying, baseballing, tennising. We play basketball, football, hockey, baseball, tennis

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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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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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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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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surely nobody sane adds the "ing" on the end, not a true wrx'r anyways


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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.

 

I judge them, and not kindly.

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