Back 9 List: How To Combat Golfer’s Withdrawal

We’ve made the turn and are on the back 9 of winter. Here is my Back 9 List™ to help you get through this tough stretch of holes. Let’s see if we can par out!

  • Hole #10 Watch Golf Movies: This is a Back 9 List™ in itself! 9 of my favourite golf movies in no particular order. Tin cup, Dead Solid Perfect, Happy Gilmore, Follow The Sun, Caddyshack, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Bobby Jones-Stroke of Genius, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Babe. Watching one per week will get you to April!
  • Hole #11 Play Golf: That’s right, play golf! Find some old orange golf balls, grab a 7 iron and make a course out of your front yard, your back yard and your driveway! (this ones for the true die hard golfer)
  • Hole #12 Go South: Take a trip south and play some real golf. This is a great way to get the rust off and tune up for the spring. You will come back refreshed and ready for your season!
  • Hole #13 Attend a Golf Show: There are Golf & Travel Shows in northern cities at this time of year. You can see all the new products that are out for this season and there is usually a driving range area for you to hit balls and try out the newest equipment. You can also find some great deals for your golf trip!
  • Hole #14 Yell FORE!: You can do this anytime, anywhere! Whenever you feel the urge, yell FORE at the top of your lungs! This is a great stress reliever! (ok, I’m losing it now)
  • Hole #15 Have a Party With a Golf Theme: Putting tournaments, video golf games, wear golf clothes, Shooters (Broken Down Golf Carts are my fav!). Every hole is the 19th. hole!
  • Hole #16 Golf Books With Pictures: There are some great books out there about golf courses, golf course architecture etc. with beautiful big pictures and interesting information.
  • Hole #17 Go Shopping: A little retail therapy always helps. Buy a putter, play on the indoor putting green, maybe some new clothes, hit balls into a net, anything to get you out of the house!
  • Hole #18 Talk Golf: What golfer doesn’t enjoy talking about golf. Share golfing stories, discuss current affairs about golf. Talk about how you are going to play a lot of golf this year, work on your game, all those golf courses you are going to play that you haven’t played yet. Tweet about Golf!

It’s almost February (only 28 days in February!). March will fly by and you will be golfing before you know it!

I hope my Back 9 List™ helps you get through the final stretch of winter!


3 responses to “Back 9 List: How To Combat Golfer’s Withdrawal

  1. A great list to help the golfer who craves the return of spring. My favourite movies are Tin Cup and Caddyshack. Yelling “FORE” anytime is a great way to release stress – I released some stress just by visualizing the look on the face of a motorist as you yell “FORE” after he/she cuts you off.

    Hole #15 and #18 – Golfers have a language of their own. Add a party-game by tallying up the different golf terms or by testing participants’ knowledge of the terms. For example: I recall that James sent a ‘tweet’ with a question about where the term “sandbagger” originated.

  2. Thank you Patricia, great comment! I’ve hit that 4pm wall and have been yelling FORE! for 20 minutes now! Good ideas for golf parties.

  3. I wrote a good golf book you can read, but it doesn’t have pictures of courses! No help with withdrawal there. Just knowledge.

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