Why am I obsessed with my golf swing?

I can’t stop thinking about it. It keeps me up at night. It preoccupied my mind all day long. This is what my golf swing has done to me.  Obsessed with getting it right and getting better, I watch videos, read books, search the internet and even practice at home. I even started a blog get golf off my mind. Many would agree golf is addicting but why am I obsessed?

“An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind”.

–  Merriam Webster Dictionary

My Golf Swing Sucks


I have a horrible golf swing. I take the club back as quick as can be and then with bent arms take a 3/4 swing. My swing generates very little club head speed and I proceed to hit the ball 200 yards down into the right rough. My swing is so off that I don’t hit my driver off the tee because I am afraid of where it will end up. You know your swing sucks when your wife and kids laugh at video of your swing (I got to tell you that hurts).

Lucky for me, I am an okay putter and good with my short irons so that I can manage an 85 or 86 most days. This is why I’m obsessed. I have always been the one of the best athletes but at golf I am just average. I can’t be just average (I’m a first-born child for goodness sake). If I like something, I want to be the best at it. I don’t want to do something just so I can say I did it. I want to be good at it. Since my golf swing sucks, I need to work on it and I need to make it better. My golf swing can’t suck anymore.

complexity

Many would agree that the golf swing is one of the most complex things you can do even though it looks so simple. “You mean all I have to do is hit a little round ball sitting on the ground?”. The golf swing has many different aspects to it from grip to takeaway to weight shift to impact. All these parts must mess together in perfect harmony. I am obsessed with finding this perfect harmony. It is like when I was a kid putting together model planes. There are so many parts that have to fit perfectly together that it makes it fun. Golf is fun because it is complex.  It is a Tetris puzzle for my brain.

practice at home

I am a dad of two wonderful children and because of that my golf game suffers. I say that with the utmost love. My family is everything to me but I now have less time and money to spend playing golf these days. Golf is my passion and I need to be able to play so I got a golf simulator. Now I am obsessed. I can sneak in some practice before dinner, 18 holes when the kids go to bed and a little online play on the weekends. In addition, I track everything I can about my swing and study my swing. My golf swing still sucks but at least it sucks at home now.

 Stats


Having feedback from a golf simulator can absorb a golfer, especially one who lives for stats. As a person who plays fantasy football, does his own taxes and loves horse racing, the idea that I can get multiple stats on my golf swing is really tantalizing. I can check and compare and reevaluate everything from my swing speed to my club face angle. The stats are broken down into degrees and decimals and percentages…so cool. If you are like me and love stats and have a golf simulator your golf swing is all that matters.

So there you have it I am obsessed with my golf swing. Nothing is going to change that until I break 80 consistently. Now, I must go and hit my 100 shots.

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