Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's a Love Affair

“Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun. 
If you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart.”

                                                      --Arnold Daly

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Very Hot Fast Start

We played nine holes today at The Pig Farm in Glenmont, New York. And it was really hot.  I am still red-faced an hour and two lemonades later. But not at all red-faced about my seasonal start. I did very well today (one great pitch right into the cup) and I'm taking this as a good sign that year three will be a charming golf season.

The course isn't actually a pig farm. It's  named Hidden Meadows, but it was a pig farm for many years until the recent, youngest generation of the family decided they liked golf more than pigs and designed 18 interesting, par 3 and 4 holes. But it is hidden. The address is Glenville  (138 Smultz Road--12077) but it's more Albany--along River Road. You can get to it from 32, or come thru Albany an up from the river.

Dave and I played together for this holiday outing. We try to play together once, maybe twice a month in summer, tho both of us are solo players. In fact it was when I met Dave and learned that he played golf alone that I became a devotee. I had always pictured golf as a lazy, chatty, extroverted kind of game--people riding in golf carts, joking and talking and yes, hitting golf balls. I could not  imagine myself spending four  hours that way.

But then I learned about solo golf and fast golf and I knew it was a perfect fit for my sense of athleticism and my preference for quiet. Today we played nine, par three holes in exactly 60 minutes. We cary our bags and walk fast between the holes so its a great companionable workout.  When we play alone we can move even faster--no waiting for the other.

If you are a Capital Region golfer, especially a new golfer, find the Hidden Meadows Course and enjoy the quiet and the chance to play alone and find your own way of play.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Never Stop Laughing--The Best Golf Lesson Ever

This is required watching for all golfers. If you are new to the game you must watch this short video ten times--and you will. Real American golfers memorize this piece from The Best of Robin Williams. Yes, even if you are a ladylike golfer--if you want any credibility with other golfers you need to be able to insert your favorite lines from this history of the game.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Learning to Practice Golf

It's obvious after you read it, but not before. If you are learning to play golf you have to learn how to practice. Musicians know this. Dancers too. To learn the art you have to learn how to practice. Take a look at this article by Bill Pennington from The New York Times "On Par" blog where he asks the best golf teachers in the world about how we could all practice better.

I'm thinking that relationships are also an art. They require practice too. Here's a crazy idea--re-read Pennington's article and substitute "relationship" or "marriage" for golf.  It kinda works. Like this:  "Average golfers think the goal is to hit the ball straight--the pros do not". Average marriages think the goal is never to fight, but folks in great marriages fight hard, cleanly and for the relationship. Good marriages are perfect, great marriages are never perfect.

Yeah--that says a lot about my golf too.

But here's the link to Pennington's survey of great golfers and how to practice. Take a look:

Friday, May 18, 2012

A New Season Begins

Yes, it was a long winter and a long break from golf--but not from love. The lessons continue. Watching Sawgrass last weekend showed me again that the part we do with the stick and the ball is a small part of the game. What happens to us inside is what matters.

So the conversation continues: golf, love, romance, "women of a certain age". Choose a club, practice, and have fun. Join me here each week for the personal, the provocative, the unusual and the outrageous thoughts on golf and love.

Never up, never in <3