great golf aspirations
By Karen Sandoval CZT on August 30, 2011
when I picked up the game of golf, i was in my mid 30's. I honestly was mad at myself for not having discovered the game when I was in my teens, because I thought maybe I could have been a natural. I'm not sure why I thought starting earlier would have made me a better golfer because now looking back at the last 20 years of trying to golf, I am humbled beyond words.
You would think after 20 years I could at least shoot a decent 80-90 something once in a while, but I am lucky if I break a 100. I could use a myriad of excuses, but the truth stares me in the face, I have no natural ability.
Sure, I can hit a good shot now and then, but more often than not, my ball squirts off to the left, 45 degrees left, not even forward! I try to chip or pitch a ball onto the green and I either leave it short or over shoot, but every now and then, I get it close to the pin. On the tee box, I'm about 50/50. I can hit it 200+ straight and perfect, or bloop... 10 yards either left or right.
My aspirations when I first started golf were to be on the pro LPGA senior tour. I figured starting in my 30's would get me there. The truth is, I suck at golf. Suck suck suck. But, I am outside for a few hours with my hubby, and truthfully, I have seen so much beauty of different states on golf courses. Some of my best photographs are thing's I've seen on the golf course. When we travel, golf has always been on the agenda. Until the last few years, with my health issues and all, now we rarely golf when travelling becuase I usually can't make it through 18 holes. I usually will quit before 18 are up, and golf is just too expensive to ride around in the cart!
But anyway, now when I go out, photography is my primary goal (when I remember the camera) and golf is an incidental. The desire to golf well is there, but the game is so humbling... so mental. If I think "hey, crap, there's water on the right" that is where my ball ends up. In the drink.
Will I ever be good? Probably not. Will I ever be decent? Not likely either. So why do I play? Because golf is a big part of my relationship with the hubby. Heck, we met in the golf chat room on Yahoo! 12 years ago. I guess I just need to accept that I will never conquer the game and that you either are born with it or without it.
And most importantly, it's quality time with the man I love.
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