How Much Is Too Much Golf?

Obviously, the quick answer from most avid players is that there is never too much golf. Well, I will admit that I think that golf is very important past time – hobby – lifestyle, there is a time where I find that I need a short break from the game. I need to recharge my batteries, both physically and mentally, and step away to do different things. The challenge is to know when that time is before it becomes a forced rest.

If I can, I like to play about five or times a week. This will include Men’s night and Senior Men’s day. Now that our course is well on its way to being a great track, I like to get out an enjoy the sunny weather as much as possible. Routinely, we play in the morning and are finished between 10 and 11 am. This offers time in the afternoon to do other things (or rest) that includes some yard work, more hobbies, forced shopping, or writing articles for The Grateful Golfer.

This amount of activity does seem high, but I manage all my energy expenditures especially due to recovering from stem cell treatments last fall. I still have times when I need to walk away from my favourite sport and do very little because my body is telling me that enough is enough. An that is the answer for those wondering ‘how much is too much golf?’

You body will tell you when enough is enough. Here are some cues I use to indicate it is time for a rest:

  • I feel tired before I start
  • My muscles are sore from yesterday’s activities
  • My mental sharpness is waning
  • I develop a ‘whatever ‘ attitude when playing
  • My mind is wandering to other things I could be doing
  • I become frustrated quickly from a poor shot
  • I am just not ‘feeling it’

All of the above, and more, are cues for me to take a day or two off.

Fortunately, life helps with some forced rest. I have appointments that need to be seen too. The weather makes it too uncomfortable to play. Or I have chores that I feel I need to take care of. All of these and more (you have your own list) help me take a break without interupting my desire to play.

Since we have such a short golf season, managing the amount I play is important to maximize my time on the links. Golf is a passion and great fun. I am bless that I can still play and plan to as long as I can. It offers great health benefits, both physically and socially; so, I see it as a win – win sport.

There is a thing as too much golf (reader insert gasp here), but I try not to let it get to the point where I am forced to stop. I manage everything and so far it seems to be working.

Is there such a thing as too much golf?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

8 thoughts on “How Much Is Too Much Golf?

  1. Jim, I usually hit the golf saturation point at the start of football season. But the football product is declining in viewer enjoyment for me (whole other post) and I will be playing more and watching less in the Fall.

    When I used to work in the business, I’d put in a ten hour day at the course six days a week. After work, the members expected that you play with them. I was so tired from the work that I was literally sick of golf at that point. My retirement from the business was a blessing in disguise and allowed me to rejuvenate my passion for the game. I’d love to play your schedule but have to wait a few more years πŸ™‚

    Thanks,

    Brian

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    • Brian,

      I can see what you mean about saturation point. The pro at my course feels that all the time. People do not realize the challenges faced when running a golf course and golf is not normally on the priority list. I am happy to hear that your passion for golf is back and you will be able to play all you want very soon.

      Cheers Jim

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      • Jim, a couple years back, I played with two of the pros after they got off work at one of our muni courses. They hit it a mile but were all over the place and it reminded me of trying to work and run out for an “emergency 9”. I felt a little sorry for these guys. Usually you like to warm up a little and ease into your game.

        Brian

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      • I am about a 50% warm up at our course. We do not have a hitting facility so I spend more time chipping and putting. A small bucket would be great, but it is what it is. Still best value in the area in my opinion. Yesterday, I played 27 with the thought of getting in a quick 9. Took a cart though, I am sure I could never have walked it. It was great to be able to make at course decisions on how much to play without any outside factors deciding for me. I am grateful for sure.

        Cheers Jim

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  2. Today there was a women’s tournament at the course. They played the back nine so I had to stick to the front nine. I played it twice, then went to the back nine since the women had just finished and the sun still had an hour before setting. After 4 holes, I noticed a storm rolling in. I still had a little time so I skipped a couple holes and thought I’d try to get in the last two on the way out. As I sunk my putt on the last hole I felt the first drops beginning so I rushed towards the car. I got the cart emptied into the car and went to turn in the cart just as the real downpour began. So I guess I played 1 too many holes of golf today as I got soaked walking back to the car. Lol

    On another note, since I had to play the front nine twice today and it was the same course I played last week when I played from the back (black) tees, I played each of the two nines today from different tees so I could compare the three attempts. The black tees measure 3517 yards. Gold 3310 and silver 2914 though today it was slightly longer because on two holes the had moved the silver tees back with the gold. As expected, my score was progressively better as the distances shortened. I was 5 over from the black, three from the gold and 1 from the silver. The only big change other than that was last week the green were pristine and this week they had aerated and sanded them. I changed out putters from my normal blade to my mallot to help deal with what I thought would be much slower greens, but as it turned out, they were still fast and rolled amazingly true even with all the holes and sand on them. So I’m not sure if the putter change helped or hurt, but I never more than two putted so I hold the experiment as a pretty valid test and think 3000 yards for a nine is pretty much my sweet spot.

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    • Kevin

      I like how you mixed up the tees on the same 9 holes. This is something that most 9 hole courses do and is fun because it does change the game. My friends Mike and Josh would like to read your story about changing putters. They are have a raging mallet vs blade discussion. It is fun to read.

      And yes, it was one hole to many! πŸ™‚

      Cheers Jim

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      • I’m not sure where to go to look up their discussion but I’ve had an ongoing one in my head for years. I used my mallot exclusively for years. It was a gift from Bobby Grace. He’s a putter manufacturer that went to school with my wife. It’s a great putter but it’s heavy and I felt I had trouble with speed control using it. Especially on fast greens. About 5 years ago I bought a Rossi blade to use and I’ve had much better speed control with it, but I had to solve a different issue with it. The mallot has a nice long white line to help you line up your putts, but the Rossi only had a dot for alignment. I painted on a white line myself to help with that, but it’s short and, I think, not quite as helpful. But while I have to say I’ve missed my lines more often with the blade, I’ve also had my best putting days with it. So if I had to take a stand on which is better, I’d have to go with something in the middle. A proper putter fitting is something I plan on treating myself to in the future though. I’m guessing that will help even more.

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      • Kevin

        I enjoy your description of allet vs blade. I can putt with either, but prefet the blade. My current Odyssey Works putter has a thick base so it is a hybrid of sorts. There dors not seem to be a right answer to this quandry. Thanks for weighing in.

        Cheers Jim

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