Having fun on the golf course is a primary goal of any golfer. Realistically, if we are not having fun (even on the bad days) why spend 4 hours-ish looping around 18 holes. Playing our best game is always a good way to turn up the fun meter, but that is not always the case. Others play side games for cash or bragging rights. An others just play for the fun of playing. There are a plethora of options and one that I like is playing head to head on a challenging hole…..just like Wolff, Morikawa and Johnson did at the 10th hole at Riviera.
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I like the fact that they had very little rules except that hand to use a driver for one of the tee shots. This made for some fun second shots as the green was surrounded by bunkers. As the players made shot after shot, I enjoyed listening to their banter and descriptions of what shot they were trying to play. I guarantee that my groups displayed a higher level of trash talk. Of course, we were not making a ‘G’ rated video.
As the players made shot after shot, it became clear that even this minor challenge brought out the competitive nature of these golf professionals. None wanted to make a poor shot and for the most part, their play around the green was spectacular. DJ demonstrated that he is not just about power with his delicate sand and chip shots to finish 1 under for the short competition. It just goes to show that if we amateurs want to save strokes work on our short game.
Having fun on the golf course is paramount. If for some reason I find myself not really enjoying each round, I will take an extra day or two off just to reset my mind before heading to the first tee again. With such a short season, it is important that I keep this positive mindset so I can squeeze the most out of each golf season. Regardless of your score, I hope you are having fun when you play.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!