On the Green: Hooray! The golf season is finally here!

Longer days, warmer temps, sunny skies, green grass and the green coat they put on the winner of the Masters dancing in our dreams are all sure signs that the golf season is now here. So, grab those clubs, stretch those muscles and get ready to hit the links. The golf season beckons. The Masters is right on our doorsteps, and I hope you and I are both ready to play more golf this year.

As we begin the golf season, let’s recall what makes playing golf such fun and such a great game. What makes golf such a great game is that anyone from seven to 70 can play the game. No matter if your handicap is two or 22, you can still swing the club and enjoy being out on the golf course. Golf is a game that challenges your physical and athletic skill sets, along with your mental focus and concentration.

Anyone who has played golf for any length of time will tell you that they have never played the perfect round, but they know it’s just a matter of time—and effort—and practice—and concentration—and so many more things before it actually come true. In short, golf is glimmers of greatness surrounded by hours of frustration.

This past winter, I’ve learned that strength matters, swing speed matters, physical conditioning matters, getting fit for the proper equipment matters, practice matters—and those are just the major things that matter in dealing with the game of golf. With so many different aspects to the game, it’s no wonder that golfers find golf to be at one and the same time, fun, fulfilling, and frustrating.

As we begin the golf season, let’s start off with a fresh slate, but realize that golf is an endless series of fits and starts, all with the goal of finding that “secret to a better golf game.” I would be remiss if I didn’t add that after 60 years of playing golf, the secret to a better golf game still eludes me, but I will never give up trying to find it.

In the coming months, there are many things I want to share with you about the great game of golf, so I thought that I would begin with the tentative list of article topics. So, here they are:

  • Can you buy yourself a better golf game?
  • Getting fit for the right equipment is a no-brainer.
  • Support the Web.com Tour, young golfers, and the game at the Rust Oleum Championship.
  • Are you just swinging or are your practicing?
  • Who is the next Tiger Woods?

These are some of the ideas I‘ve had for future topics, but as I write at the end of every monthly column, I encourage you to send me any of your questions or concerns, as well as your suggestions for future column topics. This year, I have a new email address, so be sure to read through to the end.

Don’t let a day or week go by without taking those clubs to your local course and playing 9 or 18. Enjoy the fresh air, the green grass, the obstacles in front of you and the challenge of making those three- foot putts. Take time to smell the roses, chat with your playing partners, and hit at least one good shot that you can tell everyone about after the round.

The Chicagoland area is blessed to have a multitude of public and private golf courses. They are all calling your name, so answer that call. And hooray, the golf season is finally here!

Jerry Koncel is a freelance writer, who has been playing golf for 60 years.

He welcomes your comments, concerns, questions and suggestions

for future columns—email him at: jakoncelsr@gmail.com.

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