The Joys of Golf

Two of my favorite words in the English language are “joy and joys” because I can’t think of one time when they took my mind to a bad place or put a frown on my face. Think about it, most words or combination of words can take you in many directions. That’s not true for “joy and joys.” They are relentlessly positive and upbeat.

The word “golf,” on the other hand, can and does takes me in many places from alive to blue to amused to exasperated to annoyed to thrilled to confused to disappointed to frazzled to happy … Well, you get the idea. As golf professional Cy Manier said, “Golf is the worst damn fun anybody ever had.”

Playing golf this weekend for many of us is out of the question due such things as cold, wind, rain, drizzle, sleet and snow. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t think about golf. And since it is time to get in the Christmas spirit, I am focusing only on The Joys of Golf.

Golf releases the mind from the oppression of your honey-do list.

Posting your best score of the year is always satisfying. Also winning the bet, priceless!

The ZONE: When it finds you, enjoy it.

You can pick a partner for the annual member-guest who never ever misses a 4-foot putt that matters.

New equipment can help your game.

Every once in a while a bunker can be your friend.

Sometimes it IS the ball’s fault.

Luck can be your ally.

Hitting something hard is fun!

There are least 1,000 simple fixes that can straighten out your game.

Your next shot could be the shot of your life.

Golf is a multiple-choice test.

A birdie is simply a glimpse into your potential.

Golf is responsible for so many great memories – and so many great friendships.

May your holiday season be a joyous one!

Allan Stark

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