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ike most people I believed that the game of golf was the exclusive preserve of either the über-rich or retired folks; that was until about a year ago when some friends introduced me to the beautiful game. I won’t bore you with the details of my performance the first time I played; it was comical and frustrating to the say the least however, I have grown to love and respect the game over the past year. It’s hard to explain the beauty of the game; it is one of those things that you’ll have to experience yourself so here’s my idea: if you are thinking of picking up a hobby this year, try golf. Golf may not be as physically challenging as football or tennis but it is a mentally tasking game that tests your patience and resilience. Another attraction of golf is the wonderful opportunity it provides to network. An average golf game lasts about 3 to 4 hrs and since it is normally played with a group, you can use it as an opportunity to spread the gospel to your friends or pitch an idea to your boss. Being naturally restless, the main attraction of the game for me is its ability to calm me down and test my patience. It is not the sort of game that requires brute force or aggression (bear in mind that all you are trying to do is place a ball into a hole), but it demands a thoughtful, calm approach and a decent swing. Let’s face it the game isn’t the most affordable sport out there but in its defence, it is also not as expensive as most people perceive it to be. To start off, you can get a basic set of clubs for less than £200 and a full introductory lesson will cost you approximately £100 (this normally spans 4 or 5 lessons where an instructor teaches you the rudiments of the game) however, the most expensive aspect of the game is the cost of playing regularly. Ideally to play regularly you will have to either join a golf club or pay green fees every time you play. The average green fee for a round of golf is £40. Alternatively, rather than playing at a course, you can choose to start at a driving range. A driving range is a facility where you can pay for a set of balls and you are assigned a cubicle from where you can hit your balls. £10 will typically get you 90 balls. For most beginners it is always advisable to spend a lot of time practising at a range before you venture out to a proper 18-hole course. The best way to begin is to find a friend who plays golf and ask him/her to show you the ropes. Your friend should be able to advise you on the basics such as the right clubs to buy, recommend affordable instructors to use and introduce you to a golf range or club. The advantage of having a friend who can guide you is that he can also help teach you the fundamentals of the game. This way you may only need an hour with an instructor to help you develop your swing instead of a full introductory lesson. The game might be frustrating when you begin but, once you develop your swing and make a couple of great shots it becomes a lot of fun. Give it a try!

Thinking of a Hobby? Try Golf! by Kunle Oyetayo

OUTFLOW

FEBRUARY 2010

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Outflow  

The monthly magazine publication of Jesus House

Outflow  

The monthly magazine publication of Jesus House

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