You may think I’m crazy, but I’m not!
No I don’t golf in the rain. If you do you’re crazy.
And I do mean rain, not a sprinkle or off and on showers. Here in Southern California we don’t get true rain all that often, but we do get it. And when we do, I don’t golf.
The only time I’ve joyfully golfed in the rain was during a brief trip to Ireland where I had only a day to get a round in. The weather was terrible but I was so thankful to be playing in Ireland and it was still so beautiful, that I had a wonderful time.
So there- Ireland is the only exception.
So what if you’re not in Ireland and it rains? This happened to me recently. About a month ago I was all set to hit my local country club when we had a brief (they’re almost always very brief) storm roll through, just enough to cancel my round.
Mixed feelings of disappointment and gratitude set in.
The disappointment is obvious. The gratitude is obvious too (if you live in Socal)- we need rain bad.
So now I’m at home, enjoying the heavenly white noise that is rain on a rooftop, not golfing.
And then it hits me…
My kids have a gaming system called a Wii. The Wii is unique because you play with your body, not a controller. You hold a remote that senses your motions so you can bowl, play tennis, shoot basketballs and, yes, play golf.
Now what follows is kind of a little secret. I turned on the Wii and started hitting the virtual links.
Of course I was terrible at first, but it was clear that there is some integrity to the way the game plays. In a microscopic, distorted albeit consistent way, the game does mirror golf.
Swing inside out and you hook the ball. Swing outside and you slice it.
Even the angle of your swing affects the ball as you use different clubs.
I played once and absolutely bombed. A couple days later I played again and also bombed. A couple days later I played and made some decent shots, hit some greens and made a few putts.
The next week I played and felt I had developed a feel for this silly game that was there for me in the rain. And that’s the secret…
I’ve kept playing this silly game a couple times per week.
It’s certainly not helpful to my real golf game. In Wii I find it easier to swing with one arm and it has absolutely nothing to do with hips or balance at all. But that’s almost why I can play it without it effecting my actual golf game- it’s just so different.
I’ve continued to play and enjoy it! I can play 18 holes in 20 minutes or less. The downside is there is only one course and I feel I’ve begun to reach a bit of a plateau. My best round is -14 (a 58 I believe) and I tend to average about -9 or -10.
The point of all this is to say don’t be afraid to try something new when life cancels your weekly game of golf. Whether it’s on the Wii, the computer or even miniature golf, know that there are other ways to celebrate and enjoy the great game when you can’t actual get out on a course.
And if you’re that embarrassed to try these things, keep it a secret, like me.
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