"In show business, if you make a mistake, you can do it over again." - Bobby Sherman
"The same can not be said of golf." - Gerald M. Sliva
Well, you can actually do it over again, and again, and again, and again, and sometimes even once more. But it keeps costing you strokes - unless you cheat. Golf can be one of the most frustrating, agonizing and *@#?&*+& pastimes invented. It can simultaneously be an obsession, a curse and a joy. The ball has a mind of its own. It always ends up in the hole - eventually. Ernie Els and Jordan Spieth, two amazing pro golfers proved that to us at this year's Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Ernie Els, with his six-putt quintuple bogey on the first hole, and Jordan Spieth, with his flame-out quadruple bogey on the 12th hole par three proved that even seasoned professionals can miscue.
When I saw their misery I said, "I've been there! I can do that!" Actually, I've done that, and worse. No golfer alive can deny doing the same. Our consolation is that we didn't have hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line; and we didn't have millions of people watching us.
With that in mind, I have decided to devote this blog and two more to the game that gives us fresh air, green fairways, great companionship and teaches us that there are four letter words besides "golf". When you head out to the links this summer, remember to swing hard, lift your head to see where the ball is going, and then swing hard a second time because you missed the ball with your first attempt.
Finally, remember that we golf for fun, not profit.
Gerald M. Sliva
P.S. You may share in Ernie Els misery by clicking on the image of the damaged golf ball to take you to a video of his heartbreak.
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