As indicated in a previous post I recently participated in the Manitoba Senior Championship.
During the course of the event I played with a number of different golfers as the pairings were adjusted after every round based on scoring, so I was able to observe different players both on the course and in preparation for play.
What follows are some observations that struck me about seniors who play competitive golf:
- The love of the game and the dedication to honing ones golf skills. The vast majority of the participants arrived at the course well in advance of their tee times and spent significant time on the driving range, chipping area and on the putting green.
- How the competitive embers are fanned and come to life during a tournament.
- How advancements in technology have added to the enjoyment of the game for older golfers. I overheard more than a few players talk about their new driver or new set of irons, hybrids etc. and how the new clubs have made them longer and more accurate. Comments like “I’m hitting it longer now than when I was 40” are common among seniors, and in many cases they are also true.
- Golfers willingness to use ‘aids’ to compensate for parts of the body that are simply wearing out. I observed more than a few players adjusting their lower back supports, strap on knee braces, squeeze into elbow and wrist supports. I observed several players (myself included) bolster their resolve by popping Advil and other anti inflammatory and pain killing drugs, jut to be able to compete. As well as I walked down the line at the driving range I noticed I was not the only player emanating a strong odour of A535 and other assorted topical treatments.
It would seem the old adage ‘golfers never die they only lose their balls’ is indeed true.