I was e-mailing with a friend the other day, and we were talking about golf (and equipment financing and section 179, but that’s beside the point – this post is about golf).
My friend was telling me that he’s about an 8 handicap, and really can’t seem to get any better than that. I replied that I’m one of those guys who jumps for joy when he breaks 100, but if I could learn to use a freaken’ wedge from 20 yards out, I might have a shot at being somewhat decent.
So my friend replies with “I’m stuck at that 8 handicap the last few years for the exact same reason: the 20 yd wedge shot. The guys I play with are scratch golfers that get “up & down” 100% of the time; I’m “up and two-putt” from those awkward distances.”
His statement basically told me I will never be any good at golf. Because I replied with: Heh – I’m up and…. “@#$%, too fast… slow down slow down… dammit, it rolled off the green”.
And then I hit back on and two (or three) putt. Yes, I’m pretty bad.
So one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get a little better at golf – in fact, I would say 95 is a realistic goal. Yes, I would like to shoot a 95 in 2013.
I’d also like to get out a little more to play. I don’t play as much as I should, because I’m always in this office doing this, that, or the other thing. But with technology like it is (I just got a new iPhone), I can take a few hours and hit the links with some of my local clients (who also like golf). I know it’s a stereotype, but golf is truly a great networking game. This is because it’s four people out there together for four or five hours (or five and a half if you play with me on one of my “hack away” days). There’s plenty of time to talk – I can’t tell you how many equipment lease deals were agreed to in principal on the golf course (although looking back, maybe because they felt sorry for me after taking another 8.)
Anyway, I’m cleaning up my clubs. 95 or bust.