Golf is a dumb game, but I always enjoy the stroll around the course. Golf courses offer nice vegetation and quiet surroundings. I have had some wonderful walks in different parts of the world. In some cities, particularly in Asia, golf offers the only chance to enjoy the smell of grass, abundant greenery, and tranquility. I have never let my relative ineptitude at the game bother me, perhaps because I have a lot of patience. I do not expect to improve and have found that practice lowers my score.
Proficient golfers must be good at not thinking (not necessarily the same thing as being less intelligent). The sport takes years of practice and constant repetition of the same movements...in hope of being able to replicate that movement repeatedly during that walk I mentioned above. I have always been a good athlete, but I think too much: about what I should do with the club in my hand or about completely unrelated subjects, both of which hinder my performance. Thought leads to inconsistent play, but I am able to celebrate and brag about the occasional good shot.
Golf is boring to watch on television, but I do enjoy the occasional waste of time. I like to see professional golfers make bad shots...some even look like one I have managed to make or could make. How does a guy that plays golf every day for a living miss a one-foot putt? It’s easy, if you don’t know how...
At my daughter’s recent wedding, I mentioned golf in my speech. I said that I accepted her husband, because he was mediocre at golf. When we play, he is not good enough to embarrass me. I wished the happy couple many years of health and contentment...and little improvement in his golf game.
Someone once said or wrote that golf is “a good walk spoilt”. I don’t agree...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.