Such thing as Too Addicted?

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Manuel M


Hello Team Titleist,

I've been meaning to make a post on this subject but haven't had time to until now. So here it is, when I first started to get into golf I had fun going to the driving range, occasionally watching the golf channel and looking up videos on YouTube for golf information. Well since then and in the past 8 months, I have become absolutely addicted to golf. I don't go a day without thinking about playing, going to the driving range, looking up clubs, watching the golf channel, and looking on YouTube for golf videos. I am constantly thinking about everything golf. It has even gotten me in trouble with my girlfriend. I usually have something of golf on me all the time, wether it's a ball, ball marker, or hat. I'm truly addicted and just wish I could find someone that was like me to relate to. Golf makes me feel some complete and I love every aspect of the game. I'm always looking up new ball prototypes and clubs. I don't know how long I'll be this addicted but I can assure you that I will forever love Titleist and Golf. I am currently the only person in my family that likes/loves golf so I can't wait until I have a son or daughter to golf with and teach them all the knowledge I have. If anyone can relate to my addiction or just want to comment, please do. Have a great day and better Holliday season.

Respectfully, Manny M.

Manuel M


I'm right with you on all of that Brotha. I forgot to mention I practice my swing without clubs when I'm out & about. I love everything about golf. I'm just trying to figure out where to put my Team Titleist sticker at. When I went to a Titleist demo day recently, the rep was really surprised on how much I knew about Titleist.

Lou G


I am now a diehard golfaholic.   Been playing since 1972 but not  alot between 1977 and 2006 (almost none between 1993 and 2006).  I have been playing faithfully every other Friday since 2006 - making up for 30 years of lost time. 

It is so addicting I spend a lot more time on TT vs Facebook (and even 90 percent of my posts are golf or guitar related).

I got a Titleist hat that I wear just about everywhere (even take it on stage when I play gigs).  It originally was black and faded almost to brown.

I rarely practiced before 2006. One was the military lifestyle - generally went to work at 6AM to catch breakfast before going to morning quarters or meeting.   I also had 11 years aboard ship (with six 6 month deployments overseas).   Now I practice at least once a week (if not twice) and sometimes toss an iron in my practice bag before work and stop by the park. 

Ron M.


I'm glad i'm not alone.....Been playing golf for 20 years, oh wait, been bashing the golf ball around the couse for 20 years....I watched a video 2 months on youtube that Pete Cowen explained the swing to me in simple and effective terms...This was the turning point in my golf game....That night in my bedroom I swung the golf club untill 3 in the morning and never looked back...I now fight with myself to share my time between Flyfishing and the great game of golf...New apps on Iphone, driving range daily, youtube vids, golf channel,TT, and still swinging in my bedroom. Just got back from Myrtle Beach where I played 3 rounds and fished 1 day.1 bad thing is I live in NY and can't do either in the winter,so I see some more trip down south this winter...

SC red fish in my warm Titleist winter hat...

 

Adam T


This is my first ever post here on Titleist. I'm not addicted, to golf. But I am totally addicted to something else a little more embarrasing. I'm addicted to order. I mean when I see a clean fairway, or car, or room, or anything shiny new and orderly, I have to get it or be at it. I enjoy golf for that reason, but I'm a horrible golfer. 

pulplvr


I'm not sure I qualify as addicted, but I am totally involved with golf.  Since I retired completely almost four years ago and relocated to SE Texas, I play 5 days a week, sometimes 6.  I am a FJ Ambassador, and participate on that site far more than I do on this one.  I practice when I am having difficulty with an aspect of my game, but most time on the range is simply warm up for a round of golf.  With weather here that supports a 12 month golf game, and year around handicap season, I'm rarely not playing--unless my wife and I are traveling.  I keep a set of clubs, a pair of FJ DryJoys, a hat, et.al. at my daughter's house in VA, so when I'm up there I have the option of playing if the weather cooperates.  I'll keep at it as long as my game and health hold up.

Brent B


watching golf channel now while also online checking out the latest Titleist news all while getting yelled at by the wife who wants to be watching Christmas shows. sometimes you got to pick your battles but golf is something i too am def addicted to.

Skylar T


I definitely fall into this category but I would prefer to say that we have a passion for the game.  Ya, I know, I guess we are pretty much addicted but then again, there are a lot worse things we could be addicted to.

Don O


When is a commitment an addiction?  I knew I had to play and practice more than twice a month to get past a 45 handicap.  So my co-workers now think I'm a little off the deep end because I'm willing to play any weekend and ok playing 9 after work in a league.  I'll also stop off at any of 4 driving ranges if I feel I need to work out some kink on the way home from work.

My coach is now working my wife and is concerned that I might be watching too much Golf Channel.  In all fairness, Wisconsin has had continual elections for the last 2 years and the GC doesn't have political ads.  So, I do have to give equal time on the TV to my wife.

I've had a lot of opportunities with business travel and vacations so I've played Torrey Pines and both Whistling Straits courses as well as hitting the RTJ Trail.  Tossed in the Presidio, so it does bode badly for me to try to convince folks I'm not obsessed.  A lot of this travel I won't be going back again on business, so I'm just living in the now.  The Kohler courses were a benefit from working the Women's Open. 

I used to run with some compulsion but that got lonely running by myself.  At least I can walk a round with someone else.  Even if it is someone different most of the time.

Raymond W


Oh man, addicted?  It's past that with me.  I played competitive sports my whole life through the collegiate level.  After college played some competitive stuff here and there but nothing like this.  I picked up my first set of clubs 5 years ago.  Played a time or two on business trips.  No big deal.  3 years ago my wife bought we a new driver.  I said to her well since you spent some "real" money on this I guess I should try to use it correctly.  Well 3 years and 2 complete sets of clubs later  it's gotten almost ugly.  I have never been so addicted to something in my life.  I can't put my finger on why.  Is it the competitiveness, being outdoors, figuring something out with your swing, hitting the longest drive in your group, finally beating your playing partners.........  7:00 am before work and I am checking the site to see if I won the fitting sweepstakes.  I have already been on my Golf Channel App.  Long winded but just thought I would share.  You are not along Brother.......    

Josh G


My wife thinks I'm addicted to golf, but I can totally quit anytime I want to.  Yup... anytime I want to... probably

Justinu3


Josh G

My wife thinks I'm addicted to golf, but I can totally quit anytime I want to.  Yup... anytime I want to... probably

When is our next GA meeting Josh??  Golfers Anonomyous....

Christian J


I have to agree with Skylar on his point there.  Being a Senior in high school, there are many things out there provoking me, but then I remember my golf goals and carry on.  By the way, the only time my TV isn't on GC, is when I'm watching live golf on CBS or NBC.

James B


Hello , my name is James and I'm a golf-aholic ...  I'm addicted to golf .......

Lou G


You know you are REALLY addicted when you call everybody Howie (story behind this is that there generally was at least someone named Howard in any given foursome at the country club I caddied at).   When "bingo-bango-bongo", Nassau, skins, sneakies or any of that other golfspeak jargon becomes part of your daily vocabulary or taking practice swings at Church becomes routine, you are over the edge.

Jay W


Welcome to the club!  You are basically 25 years behind me.  Back then I was floundering through my sophomore year of college knowing that I was wasting my parents' money and a lot of people's time.  Somehow, despite having never really played before, I decided that I wanted to learn golf.  It all sounds crazy but within a few days of that decision I had dropped out of school, driven half way across the country back home, bought my first set of clubs, and got a job as a caddy.  It was a busy week!  But of all the things I've ever done in my life it was by far the one about which I had the least doubt.  I went on to work for a couple of years at the same country club managing the bag room and range and all that.  Those days were all about golf all day every day.  When I wasn't working I was playing.  All of my new friends were club pros.  It was complete immersion in the game.  Even when I went back to school, for undergraduate and graduate degrees, I was always thinking about the game.  In the years since, there was one stretch of about 5 years where I just didn't have access to a course or time to play.  But even then there was always a golf club in my living room and a putter in my office.  I still feel like a kid about the game.  The usual golf paraphernalia is strewn about my house and I play at least a couple of times a week.  And whenever my mind races about work or other real life matters as I'm trying to get to sleep, as has been the case through all this time, I just think about my swing and drift away.  I know this all sounds crazy but it is the truth.  I'm glad you have discovered this passion.  Even if it was a different endeavor you will be a more complete person because of it.

Cindy F


Hello fellow addicts!!

Being a woman golfer, I find it difficult to find other women "addicts", so I have joined 2 men's leagues.

I think about golf and my swing all the time, day in and day out. I too, am the only one in my family that plays. I don't want to do anything but golf, I just can't seem to play it enough. Unless there is snow on the ground and the course is closed, I will be out there hitting balls / playing.

I would love to hear from any other women out there that love it as much as I do.

Cindy, Highland IN

Brian D


Jay W

Welcome to the club!  You are basically 25 years behind me.  Back then I was floundering through my sophomore year of college knowing that I was wasting my parents' money and a lot of people's time.  Somehow, despite having never really played before, I decided that I wanted to learn golf.  It all sounds crazy but within a few days of that decision I had dropped out of school, driven half way across the country back home, bought my first set of clubs, and got a job as a caddy.  It was a busy week!  But of all the things I've ever done in my life it was by far the one about which I had the least doubt.  I went on to work for a couple of years at the same country club managing the bag room and range and all that.  Those days were all about golf all day every day.  When I wasn't working I was playing.  All of my new friends were club pros.  It was complete immersion in the game.  Even when I went back to school, for undergraduate and graduate degrees, I was always thinking about the game.  In the years since, there was one stretch of about 5 years where I just didn't have access to a course or time to play.  But even then there was always a golf club in my living room and a putter in my office.  I still feel like a kid about the game.  The usual golf paraphernalia is strewn about my hou

se and I play at least a couple of times a week.  And whenever my mind races about work or other real life matters as I'm trying to get to sleep, as has been the case through all this time, I just think about my swing and drift away.  I know this all sounds crazy but it is the truth.  I'm glad you have discovered this passion.  Even if it was a different endeavor you will be a more complete person because of it.

Jay, great story and glad to hear you found you way back to sleep.

-Brian

Lou G


Cindy F

Hello fellow addicts!!

Being a woman golfer, I find it difficult to find other women "addicts", so I have joined 2 men's leagues.

I think about golf and my swing all the time, day in and day out. I too, am the only one in my family that plays. I don't want to do anything but golf, I just can't seem to play it enough. Unless there is snow on the ground and the course is closed, I will be out there hitting balls / playing.

I would love to hear from any other women out there that love it as much as I do.

Cindy, Highland IN

My stepmother is 78 and plays 4 times per week and can beat the pants off quite a few of the men (and routinely helps other women depart with their funds).  Her vocabulary is about 90 percent golf and we generally relive some of our recent rounds when I call her and my dad (who is a slightly reformed golfaholic - he can still watch golf for hours at a time).

David K


I wish I would have taken pix but I love golf so much I used to hit golf balls in Afghanistan earlier this year when wearing body armor was mandatory. 50 pounds extra on my chest and back didn't stop me. Hoping to get onto the course soon since we having a nice warm week in Virginia coming up. Your "addiction" is normal, just try to balance it out with time spent with others so they don't label you as a curmudgeon, haha.

Don O


David K

I wish I would have taken pix but I love golf so much I used to hit golf balls in Afghanistan earlier this year when wearing body armor was mandatory. 50 pounds extra on my chest and back didn't stop me. Hoping to get onto the course soon since we having a nice warm week in Virginia coming up. Your "addiction" is normal, just try to balance it out with time spent with others so they don't label you as a curmudgeon, haha.

There was a rumor/internet legend about sending pre-owned golf balls to troops overseas, especially to places overly rocky and dry, since they could only hit hard surfaces so many times before they would be scuffed beyond recognition.  I'd be happy to make some donations, of either usable balls or balls with one hit left in them.

I'd hate to landfill all the balls I find looking for my own ball.

Cindy F


Hi Lou and thanks for your reply.

Nice to hear about your stepmother still playing and loving the game at 78! I hope that I am still able to play at that age. Golf is in my blood, and I don't know what I would do without it......And The Golf Channel is my favorite channel, too!

Tell your stepmother that I admire and am proud of her! :)

Cindy

David K


Don O

David K

I wish I would have taken pix but I love golf so much I used to hit golf balls in Afghanistan earlier this year when wearing body armor was mandatory. 50 pounds extra on my chest and back didn't stop me. Hoping to get onto the course soon since we having a nice warm week in Virginia coming up. Your "addiction" is normal, just try to balance it out with time spent with others so they don't label you as a curmudgeon, haha.

There was a rumor/internet legend about sending pre-owned golf balls to troops overseas, especially to places overly rocky and dry, since they could only hit hard surfaces so many times before they would be scuffed beyond recognition.  I'd be happy to make some donations, of either usable balls or balls with one hit left in them.

I'd hate to landfill all the balls I find looking for my own ball.

Don, the best thing to do is see if you know any service members and see if they have clubs and a place to hit the golf balls on their camp. If you don't know anyone, check with a recruiter or see if a Veterans Organization will send them in a care package somewhere. Ours came from the VFW post near our home area. We didn't have an area at first but we ended up hitting them from a helicopter landing zone from a hitting mat into the hillside. (Golf balls fly further at 7,000 feet elevation) The Afghans collected them up eventually and tried selling them back to us. 

Gregory V


I've had an addiction a passion for this game since I was 17 or 18.  I'm 60 now.  That passion has gotten me through depression, the loss of an intimate loved one, job losses, and assorted other trials in life.  The game has given me some of my greatest rewards, but the times of poor play have taught me some of the best lessons.  

Humility and learning how to have fun with the game are probably the best lessons I have learned - they happened later in life, but they were part of finally growing up!

By the way, I used to think that a lot of my golf problems were caused by the equipment I was playing.  But, since I gravitated to an all-Titleist bag, I've learned that the main problem was between my ears.  And, I'm plenty good enough!

Enjoy the passion!