Things We Learned During And After The Lockdowns
IT HAS been an extraordinary year, one that we will never forget. We have spent much of it in lockdown and for golfer that meant weeks forced away from the game that we all love. So what did we learn about golf and about ourselves doing these strange times?
- That it is possible to survive two lockdowns without going to the fridge every five minutes;
- That walking is actually quite a fun thing to do - even without golf clubs;
- That people with dogs actually talk to complete and utter strangers;
- That people without dogs look the other way:
- That it was inevitable that at a time when we couldn’t play golf the weather would be fantastic;
- That when we returned in May, our courses were in amazing condition - and, lo and behold, the weather was still glorious;
- That we will never again take for granted the company of those we play golf with - friendships really matter;
- That we will never again take for granted a pint of beer to be enjoyed at the 19th hole - even if it is warm and flat when it should be neither;
- That we will never again be bored when our playing partner talks us through his round - a round that we have seen with our own eyes. We are just thankful to be out there again;.
- That we really shouldn’t swing a driver in the front room - that lamp cost a fortune to replace;
- That we shouldn’t practice our chipping in the back garden - we had no idea the ball would smash that conservatory window;
- That the pace of our living-room carpet is entirely different to the speed of the greens at our golf course - and that very few greens are completely flat;
- That exercise and proper diet is both good for you - and fun;
- That we missed golf horribly during that first lockdown;
- That we will never, ever take a tee-time for granted again - and that booking systems routinely crash when every single club member is trying to book one of those elusive tee-times;
- That tens of thousands of newcomers have either returned to the game or taken it up for the first time;
- That there are some fabulous golf courses in Britain - the European Tour’s UK Swing was a revelation as it returned to a host of magnificent courses;
- That Tyrrell Hatton has finally found a way to control his temper;
- That we all now know what happened in the Ryder Cup match at Medinah - you can only watch so many reruns of Sky Golf’s coverage;
- That Paul Lawrie is a deeply emotional man - it was impossible not to be moved as he competed in his final regular event on the European Tour;
- That The Masters really isn’t the same tournament without spectators. Can you imagine how Dustin Johnson’s heroics would have been greeted by the patrons?
- That Rory McIlroy would prefer The Masters to be played over 54 holes;
- That Bryson DeChambeau put on 42lb of muscle in his quest for further distance - and didn’t care who knew it. His obsessive quest for distance actually became pretty boring. We also learnt that a young man from South Africa called Wilco Ninebar hits the ball even further than DeChambeau - without piling on the weight!
- That Augusta is not a par 67 - no matter what DeChambeau thinks;
- That, inevitably, on the day golf returned in December, it was raining…
- That, even more inevitably, within two days of being allowed to return to the course, it was….snowing;
- And finally - that we will never, ever again take the game of golf and all its joys for granted!
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