I’ve been taking a break from playing golf the past few weeks, as I found I was just burned out a bit. That happens to me occasionally, as running a golf company and writing this blog keeps me pretty immersed in the game. I don’t expect any of you to “cry me a river”, as it seems like I have the dream job . . . and I do. But I live golf pretty much 24/7, so sometimes it’s nice to just take a few weeks away from playing and re-charge the golf batteries.
Besides, this is a special time of year for me as a bird hunter and saltwater fly fisherman, so I like to spend as many days as possible in the field with my Lab Ria, or on the water stalking shallow-water redfish with the long rod. I enjoyed both pursuits this past week and it was exhilarating and refreshing. But I did dust off the sticks yesterday for a charity golf scramble with some friends to raise money for a local scholarship effort. Hmmmm, that was kind of interesting.
So, I hadn’t had a golf club in my hands – other than in the EIDOLON shop – in over a month, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I went to the range and started with some soft wedge shots of various lengths, just to get a feel for impact. Then I worked my way up through some full wedges, short irons, a few mid-irons then about a dozen drivers. Just trying to find a pace and rhythm/tempo that felt somewhat normal. So I went to the first tee, ripped a nice drive and cut a little 5-iron to about a foot and a half. Nice start. But from there it was kind of an adventure, with very good shots interspersed with some that were pretty squirrely. Oh well. We had fun, and the cause made money. And that’s what it was all about.
But I got to thinking that over the past few years, I’ve come to know a few of you “regulars” pretty well, and appreciate your passion for this crazy game we play. But I thought today it would be fun to ask all of you to chime in and share with us your “other vices” – like mine for shotguns and Labs, and fly rods and redfish. What do you guys do when golf is not on the agenda? Let’s have some fun and get to know each other a bit.
And I’m going to ask all of you to send me a question about golf, equipment and/or the short game – I’m getting low on subjects to write about on Tuesdays, along with candidates for that EIDOLON wedge I give away every week.
Thanks and share your stories, boys and girls. Speaking of that, I’d like to see more of our lady readers participating. Are you out there, ladies?
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hunting and fishing are certainly some of my vices, although I don't get into them like I do golf. And there is that other one that gets me from time to time, Team Roping, I don't know why its so appealing, maybe the thrill of competition or the gamble of the money involved but something about it gets me, I usually get burned out on it because there are so many variables that can cost a Roper a good run, kinda like hitting a great shot that turns out costing you a stroke.
I don't really have any "vices" other than a good scotch. My time not on the course, range, or putting green is split between my day job where i'm Director of Digital Services at TC Studios, Landisville; Tae Kwon Do at Yim's Karate, Millersville; and working out at the gym. Golf is my thing, and my job and "hobbies" as it were are just there to fill the time that i can't be on the course. : ) If i ever had the chance, i'd get a job in the golf industry.
Bryan K says:
I'm a 49er fan. Let me rephrase that. I'm a huge 49er fan.
The couple of months between the 49ers being eliminated every year and the first tee time of the Spring are difficult to get through.
4 wheel drive trucks for offroad and harley davidsons.
I'm into the Big 3 US sports. I live in Louisiana but don't hunt or fish as much as others do. I mainly watch my teams (Cubs, Saints, LSU, and Hornets). I have season tickets to LSU football so that takes up my fall. If I'm not watching sports I'm playing or dreaming about golf. Ever now and then I will go Bass fishing or Redfishing, if my buddies have found a good spot and they are biting. Haven't hunted in over ten years. The PS3 will take up my time as well, usually a sports game.
Hockey, golf and craft beer.
Cricket, Computers and Video Games.
Golf, Music and Art split pretty evenly, but definitely in that order.
Nice change of pace, TWG
I played from about February on with only a little break for the snow to leave and spent a lot of time on the indoor range, so about July for a couple of weeks there just didn't have as much desire to hit-it everyday.
I do love fall - bird hunting, and fishing is a nice break! I tele-commute, so I don't go into the office much anymore, so I work out a few times a week and enjoy football as much as I can. Started a business as well, so this year has been tougher then most to get out and wet a line and chase grouse, but I vowed to do it next weekend!
I sometimes think I have too many hobbies, and no time for any of them. I have a love of photography (I love my Digital Rebel, but I think I love my old 35mm Rebel S more). Along with the photography, I've gotten into photoshop/editing a little bit. I've made some big collages (20x30) for some of my family. I have been working on a book for many years (not alot of time to write). Paintball is another. I'm trying to go back to school, or at least start writing code again (C/Java/VB).
I also just had my first child (a girl) on 8/31, so my "free" time has almost completely disappeared.
I love camping, tent camping to be exact. I have a very nice set up, but it's still roughing it, and I sleep so good while camping. I ride my mountain bike mainly for the cardio aspect, and building leg strength for golf. I lift weights, not for bulk but to be lean and maintain my weight. Have been 174 to 176 lb for about 20 years now. I have a '65 Chevy truck that I am restoring, it will basically be stock with a couple mods, like front disc brakes and a 350 engine.
Grandson Ty, windsurfing, painting, Div II hoops (W Wa). Canucks, Mariners, Seahawks. Fishing & snowmobiling back in Manitoba. Tasting every beer brewed in BC & WA state!
Well, since golf is year-round in Mexico, I have little time for other vices. I must say I'm a Wine Aficionado.
I enjoy college football (big Texas fan) and baseball. I tell my wife every October that I'll see her in November (after the World Series). I play the guitar and used to play video games a lot more than I do now. And I LOVE cooking. Cooking is therapeutic for me.
Fortunately golf in California is pretty much year round. Vices- Good scotch and cigars (in moderation). Other activities- camping with my two boys, mountain sports (skiing, climbing, backpacking), BBQ & grilling. I used to play racquetball a couple times a week but a knee and shoulder convinced me to stop, so I started cycling to stay in shape. Cycling is in the same family as golf, as a way to dispose of income.
I play football for my Univerity over here in the UK which takes up a large amount of my time (www.birminghamlions.co.uk). I've got 1 more year left of being a student too so I try to maximise the lifestyle of partying and meeting girls as much as possible. lol.
with two kids, 1 year old and 2 year old, working 40+ hours a week they fill out my time pretty well. I love golf and thats my thing. kinda lame i know. in Winter i love going to Chicago Bulls games with my dad and little brother! GO BULLS! i also enjoy the occasional toke.
Church, Golf, skiing, blacksmithing, camping, hiking. Work is just a necessary evil that allows me to participate in the more import activities.
@Dazinkster-I see that your team is pretty good. How are ya'll doing this year, What position do you play?
Drinking and gambling, but I don't consider those vices.
@WVP - brewing your own? I used to that. Might get back into it this winter.
Besides following football and hockey in my golf "off-season", I'll dig out the consoles in the near future. I also deer hunt. I would like to go grouse hunting but something always comes up.
Just bought a house so i have a feeling that will start to monopolize my free time. I like to have a few beers, and I now have 4 bars in walking distance.
golf kinda takes over, but besides that...the red sox, music, carbohydrates, and cheese...
although now a possible career path change will be all consuming (damn actuarial exams!)...
Not necessarily in order of importance: Songwriting, recording, video games, good beer or a cocktail, my Dachshund, Georgie, my wife of 25 years and 3 wonderful daughters. I used to paint in watercolor and would love to get back to it, but probably after I retire in 5 years.
Hockey - golf's opposite? Love 'em both.
Kurt the Knife says:
Soaring is my other addiction. I have a little ASW-27
at my disposal and love getting out in the mountains trying to reach a little further each time out. 100k Triangle is my best and I'm looking maybe to reach the Oregon border n back next season.
When not golfing or flying, my wife and I are crawling the private art galleries in San Francisco or scouring the Napa, Sonoma regions for grape juice.
I used to be really into "observed trials" motorcycling before golf took over -- a skill, rather than speed, solo sport. It's kind of similar to golf in some ways (you go around the course and must carefully navigate the special obstacle sections while being judged and want to achieve low score, no "mulligans", you vs the natural terrain, etc). But lack of places to practice and the general hassle of travel and maintaining equipment got me thinking that golf might be worth as try-- more friends into it, lots of places close by to go, personally challenging... So the bikes have been parked since the golf bug hit.
Also into home music recording and anything computers/technology. @envythepea I'm enjoying using "Reaper" DAW - check it out. Recently getting into photography and video.
Playing golf comes first, butI have been riding motorcycles since I was in college (a LONG time), and I still ride occasionally. I and my friend johnny12shot also spend a lot of time on the organizational side of the more than twenty man CONTENDERS golf group that we have maintained for going on twenty-two years.
I own Transylvania Indoor Blacklight Mini-Golf - not quite the same as the real thing, still it's golf.
Chess is another pass time.
Golf is pretty much it though - it really does take over. A little compulsive obsessive disorder creeping in lol. :-)
Just as I predicted: a group of motorcycle riding, glider flying, cheese-gobbling, beer guzzling actuarial winers & grousers with an obsession for blacklight Transylvanian BoSox, scotch-sipping, cycling, redfish, 65 Chevies, team roping, Paula Creamer, paintball and of course, windsurfing. How typical! The textbook 175 pound tae kwon do/golf psychographic profile.
Hook'em horns. Go Niners. We're all Canucks. Roar, Lions, roar! Impale'em Bulls. Here we go Dachshunds, here we go!
Matt F says:
Aside from golf, I brew my own beer and wine. I find it relaxing and obviously rewarding. I am also into motor racing, street circuits to be specific, not just left turns. I owned and ran a car back in Australia and am looking to get back into that by buying a street car and converting it to a respectable HPDE vehicle (backyard mechanic).
Don't mind letting the odd shot off either, but just at a range with handguns (past work haunting me a bit).
Largemouth Bass and Striped Bass fising here, although golf has taken over my life lately.
I am curious about something Wedge Guy :) Why don't you keep your stats here on Oobgolf? ( www.oobgolf.com/golfers/wedgeguy) It's not just you either. There are some popular bloggers who comment here or write guest posts who don't put up their scores either (example: The Golf Girl). I'm not trying to bang on you or anything, but just curious as to the "why?".
I'm a long distance trail runner. I have completed a 100 mile race in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. I have ran 10-15 other races longer than 30 miles on trails. The running and golf do not pair well together. As we all know tired legs makes for tough golf. Range work and 18 holes eats up a lot of training time for running. Both golf and long distance trail running are obsessions.
To KVSmith, and others who wonder ... My golf hero was, is and always will be Ben Hogan. In his later years he proclaimed, when asked a similar question, "My game is no longer for public display". I feel kind of like that about mine. Aging and a little creeping arthritis in my hands, along with not being as committed to grinding, has allowed my handicap to slide upwards to a place where I'm not comfortable. Some days, I'll have 'it', and put up a score around par, but others I feel like I've never done this before. I toy with the idea of making "one more run" at top-level golf, but somehow can't find or allocate the dedication that takes. I find these days I prefer to just go out alone or with friends, hit shots and see what happens. Wasn't it Chevy Chase's character in Caddy Shack who said, "Keeping score is way over-rated"?
working out, biking, soccer, tv
Billiards,Star Trek,Hot Wheel collecting,football fan.
Besides golfing, found something very meaningful. With my family, we do meditation aka mental exercise. Very healthy, and really challenging....a very long PATH. We also like to seek out nice restaurants for good eats. For me, the 1st double bogey qualifies a nice cold beer after the 9-hole with my buddies. BTW, we add up to >200 years.Cheers :)
I discovered Golf during a drinking exhibition with some friends living in Lake Tahoe. Golf Courses are like nightclubs for daylight hours. None of my friends Golf. I'm a skateboarder, turning forty with two little kids. When I'm not golfing these days, I play and record music. Loud Ugly Punk Rock. We're the Scotch Eggs and we dress in kilts.
@rmumph1 Yeah, we've been extremely successful the last few seasons. Been the envy of the league. This season kicks off on Nov 6th, but we're keen to make it 3 championships in a row, and should have a good chance.
Oh, and I'm a WR. Also carry out KR/PR duties and have been known to chip in on all special teams or Safety if short.
snowboarding. nothing to do with golf except it does keep my legs and core strong but thats obviously not why i do it :)
Recently I've been playing more tennis than golf. I play on a WTT and a USTA team. With three active kids it's harder to find five free hours to play golf. With tennis I'm done in 2 hours and have gotten a great workout. Also, tennis is easier to play year round (and cheaper -- especially as we plan for the kids' college).
It used to be scuba diving, but golf has just about taken over, especially with airline cost, baggage fees going up & up. My photo was taken on my 338th dive off the Pacific coast of Panama.(over 500 dives now) I've always kept a log for diving and so tracking stats for golf was a natural.
My old hobby of computer programming and hacking is now my job, so I guess that doesn't count anymore.
I play guitar at a pretty decent level. Also, I like baking cakes and cookies.
In terms of spots I enjoy cycling, snowboarding and hiking. But lately I feel snowboarding is just too cold of a sport for me.
I prefer green grass and sun over white mountains any day of the year.
Wife and Kids, Rugby, guitars, pianos, cooking, body surfing, my apple orchard, all kinds of games (BrettspielWelt: www.brettspielwelt.de/Community/), Broadway Musicals - no time for drinking, drugs or debauchery, though perhaps someday, heh!
WedgeGuy: Thanks for the response. Was just curious and I get your reasons.
Shorne: Make me some brownies :)
Guitars and Poker. Golf every weekend, but the other two keep me busy off the course.
Terry - I too am a Ben Hogan fan and love watching many of his video's on youtube.
I just finished a book ( a 2 day read) during my recent trip to Key West by Kris Tschetter ( www.amazon.com/Mr-Hogan-Man-Knew-Friendship/dp/1 Even in his 70's, the man could hit the ball where he wanted, maybe not as long but accurate and consistent.
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