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The story of how i got into golf

I always liked golf, but never got around to actually going on golf course. In part, because i was self-conscious. Most of my friends used to play golf and would talk about their game all the time, but in my head, i thought i could never be as good as they were, for multiple reasons. First, i was really struggling financially in my twenties, so i rightfully believed that golf was not for me, at least for the time. I was too busy working nights and studying during the day to care about playing golf. It seemed like a choice between social life and golf, and obviously, i didn’t pick golf. After getting my masters though, and eventually landing high paying job, i was still slow to get into golf. That time, i was insecure about the fact that most of my friends had played golf since childhood, while i was just getting started in my late twenties. They had enormous advantage and i thought i’d be out of place in their company. So i started to take golf lessons, but eventually gave up because they were too expensive and i didn’t feel like they were giving me a lot of insight. Instead, i started going on golf course and practicing alone. For Golfing tips, i went to YouTube and watched videos, and that was about it. I also made a lot of friends who were beginners like me, and together, through trial and failure, our skills grew a lot and eventually we became fine golfers. I was still way behind my friends, but at least now i was in the same league. First few games with my friends were amazing, and i introduced some of those guys who i’ve met during my alone time. Those were one of the best times in my life, but i still had terrible clubs, so i started saving up and eventually collected thousand ish dollars for my new club set, which, i think, consists of best golf clubs for women. I had good job and saved a lot, but i never forgot my struggles from my time in college, so i remained very conscious about the money.

 I was still searching for my club set when one of my friends told me that his friend was selling his used club set. At first i was suspicious, because i didn’t like buying used stuff to save money, but my friend spoke so highly of the seller that i was convinced. I bought pretty good set (at least for 2010’s standards) and had half my budget left over. I used that money to buy shoes and excellent golf bag, and took my friends for drinks after the game. Clubs turned out to be amazing, and despite being used, they lasted me for four or so years. So my experience with used golf clubs has been great, but i don’t know how well it will work for you, because i bought mine from someone my friend knew and trusted personally. So i’d be vary of getting my golf clubs from questionable sources.

Getting your children interested in golf and teaching them properly

I’m 30 year old golfer from Texas, and both my wife and me go to course very frequently. We’ve just had baby, and we were talking about sports and what kind of attitude we would have about it, in regards to our son. I love to play golf and watch basketball, and my wife is more exclusive and only likes golf, so we were pretty settled that we would encourage his involvement in golf tournamets for juniors. I know this sounds a little insane, but discussing our 1 year old’s teenage future seemed more casual at the time. Plus, it’s not just high school championships that need training. We decided to sign him up on golf lessons once he turns five or six. But we also agreed that we wouldn’t force him into anything. We would try to make playing golf as accomodating and fun as possible for him. Both of us are stern believers that you can’t force a kid to be good at something. You have to make it possible for them to genuinely enjoy it, and the rest is not up to you. So, we looked up prices of golf lessons online, and after seeing some numbers, we settled on saving golf lessons for teenage years, and just getting him best junior golf clubs and taking him with us to the course. We would also take him to play mini golf. In our experience, that’s much more enjoyable for a kid.

 I, myself, used to loath golf until i was in my mid twenties. And all because of my parents, who signed me up on golf lessons and would not give me a break. I’m not trying to blame them for all my failings, but forcing me to do things wasn’t the way to go. Playing golf became associated with the same feeling that you get when you’re expected to do chores, and i hated it. I guess i had to go through it myself to understand that forcing or threatening children never works. I haven’t had much experience with them, but at least that’s what i’m reading in books about being good father. I’m looking out to try all the tips i’ve gotten from those books in reality.

 The story of how i got into golf again is quite interesting. Despite me not enjoying the sport itself, i was quite good at it, and for social benefits (like doing sales or making deals) sometimes i would go out on golf course. There i made good group of friends, and eventually started going there more frequently. Then i met my wife, too, and number of my friends from that golf course basically doubled. So our social lives are kind of tied to that place now, that’s how much we love golf.

Current condition of golf market in Japan – brief overview

After their defeat in WW2, Japanese weren’t so fond of US, that has changed since then and now two countries are closest allies. How did that happen? There are many bits and pieces to our relationship, but i want to talk about one thing that brought us together as nations – love for golf. Golf isn’t native to Japan, but in the seventies and eighties, golf was booming in Japan and golf craze was reaching its peak. Almost every adult male in Japan played golf. Number of Japanese players have reduced since then, but it is still very popular in Japan. In fact, our president Donald Trump and their prime minister Shinzo Abe usually negotiate over course of golf and discuss worldly matters.

 But despite being so fond of golf, and despite the fact that many of the best seniors golf clubs are manufactured in Japan (such as Mizuno), golf industry in Japan is suffering. People are no longer as interested in golf as they were 30-40 years ago, when Japan’s economy was booming and people had a lot of money, which, as you can probably guess, is needed to play golf. There were a lot of golf courses opened during that time, which are obsolete now and have to be converted into something else. We can also attribute golf’s appeal to its integration in Japanese business culture. Just like in America, it was normal in Japan to negotiate and make deals on the golf course. So businesses would often pay their employees’ golfing expenses, and when those businesses didn’t have much money to spare anymore, first thing they did was to cut the costs of such unnecessary activities. People still kept playing golf, but it wasn’t that popular anymore. Perhaps that’s why Shinzo Abe, japanese PM, who is 63 years old, likes the sport so much. Younger Japanese don’t have nearly as much interest in golf.  That is why Japanese golf courses had to change their strategy and focus on attracting foreigner customers. And it has been partly working, but there are still golf courses being closed left and right.

 Japanese golf industry also struggles because younger people view golf as old fashioned and something that old people are supposed to do. Ironically, same thing is happening in USA but on much smaller scale. I guess the reason for their disinterest in golf is that there are so many new forms of entertainment out there, directly competing with Golf and all sports in general. Young people choose to stay home and watch Netflix or play video games instead of going out to play golf, and frankly, you can’t blame them.  Of course, there are lots of them who still play golf, but i am worried about Golf’s future. That’s why i wrote this post and hopefully it made difference.

What’s minimalism and how can you practice it?

 

So essentially, minimalism is about figuring out which things, people and actions are important for you and that are not. Sounds pretty easy, right? The issue is that all too frequently we’re far too involved in the daily grind to cover any attention to exactly what it is we need in life vs. what we think we ought to want (based on society, our environment or our own convictions). We lose touch with our worth (or never know them at the first place) and then we attempt to fill that void the very best way we know how: with more stuff, more things to do, even more individuals around us. We fill up our schedule into the brim, buy more than we want, stay glued to our social networking feeds in the fear of falling out and proceed into event after event, even if we desire nothing more than to spend our evening reading on the sofa.

Minimalism is a way to return to making conscious choices and living with intention, as opposed to letting it all just kind of pile up or enabling others to dictate how we invest our time.

 

Not, but your possessions are a fantastic place to begin. The things you have, large and small, are not just stuff. They represent your own history, aspirations, habits and values.

 

That is why it can sometimes be so hard to let go of something as straightforward as an older t-shirt from top school. To you, it’s not only a t-shirt, it signifies a significant stage in your life and can be tied to a great deal of feelings and memories. Going through your things and getting rid of anything that really does’t have a place on your life anymore can have a very healing effect, as it compels you to carefully evaluate and deal with these types of inherent emotions.

 

The condition of our living area also has been a pretty accurate representation of their condition of our thoughts. Psychological studies have shown again and again how physical jumble overloads our senses and stresses us out. We are in need of a fine, clutter-free environment to be able to feel rested, calm and satisfied. And usually, once we have coped with the clutter, handling the larger things in life which we have been wrestling with, feels easier.

 

Minimalism is not a numbers game. Its not only about owning as small as you can or performing as little as possible. It’s about doing and owning just what you want or want to. Therefore, if you want to possess 20 sweaters as you love every single one of them and wear all of them, that is terrific! But if your cupboard is really a jam-packed mess which makes getting dressed in chore, then that is a different story.

 

Being a minimalist may mean a great deal of different things to various people. What one person may find ‘overly loud and active’, could be the ideal minimalist living space for someone else, as it contains all the things she needs for her entire life and wishes to own around her.

 

It is a frequent misconception that minimalism is over all about LESS, about virtually all potential. But really, it’s just about subtracting the bad things, the material that drains your energy. And then, as soon as you have made some room, it is just as much about adding back in.