Category: Other interests

Playing Golf in Retirement – What’s it like?

Baby boomers, who make up the biggest part of people who golf, are slowly aging and reaching retirement age. That really changes a lot of things demographically. Average age age of golfer is rising every year. It’s interesting to see what consequences this change will have on the sport. Majority of the seniors choose to not play golf in the winters, so they have still time for other hobbies during the winter. The fact that golf isn’t physically demanding doesn’t hurt it’s popularity level among seniors, either. There are some seniors who want to be able to golf all-year long, so they head out to warmer locations, either in US or even Mexico. Some want youthfulness, so they stay away from retirement locations altogether. But most important of all these issues, is the issue of money. Retirement locations cost a lot on their own, and golf equipment isn’t known for affordable prices, either. So today i wanted to discuss economics of playing golf in your retirement.

 Not all states in US cost the same, of course. That’s why i’ll give example of few different states to give you better perspective of what it costs to retire and play golf there. States only qualify if they have large senior population and golf courses that are high both in numbers and quality. Otherwise, it would give us skewed statistics that wouldn’t help us understand anything.

 What many seniors find out after retirement is that, playing golf every day isn’t as much fun as playing it only on weekends. You quickly get bored not only of golf, but of the whole point of retirement. Turns out, something is only enjoyable when you do it as getaway from your day job. Once it becomes your main occupation, it quickly ceases to be entertaining. I know many people who retired and then when they felt this boredom, they went back to the real world. Especially those who have the means to retire early. Turns out, spending all your time doing nothing isn’t as appealing as it may seem when you’re super busy. To combat this boredom, some people choose to be semi-retired. They still attend to, or advise some of their past businesses, but they don’t control day to day operations. Opponents to this approach think that trying to do both at the same time will result in performing poorly at both. Let’s talk about specific locations now.

 I have a friend who is retired in North Carolina. He really likes it because weather isn’t as hot as Miami, where he used to live before. He’s also one of those people who doesn’t want to spend his retirement among seniors and prefers relatively regular environment. My friend also says the vibe in NC is much more relaxed and there are less distractions.  On top of that, he and his wife both like golf courses there. The only flaw they’ve noticed is that golf courses are kind of far away. It takes them one hour by car just to get to golf course of their choice.
  I did a little bit of research on North Carolina real estate prices for this article, and it turns out they’re pretty cheap. House prices are important because when you’re retired and senior, you want to have people over for visit. Especially if you have many grandchildren. Guest rooms are essential for housing them and you should also do your best to show them good time so they are encouraged to spend time with you. Another great thing NC has going for it is it’s somewhat central locations. It’s close to all major regions on east coast – only few hours drive, at most. There is also little to no traffic and there are all the facilities they need. That, along with big houses for affordable price, makes having guests a real breeze. Back to golf-related issues, though: My friend says, even when he only plays once or twice a week, his golf skills have only improved. That’s really fascinating because logically, more practice should equal better results. In reality though, there are probably some factors we don’t see so we fail to account for them.  One of those factors, i assume, is quality of your golf clubs. There are drivers, irons, hybrids, putters, and many other clubs, but in my experience, irons are the most important towards improving your results. If you are looking for quality irons as a senior golfer, this GolfClubsGuru Guide might be helpful.
 I know i’ve compared North Carolina to Florida favorably before, but both have their advantages. For example, land and houses in Florida are even cheaper, and if you’re into warm climate, there’s no place better for you in the USA. It’s not by accident that many seniors choose to live there. Florida has everything all states have, along with benefits of low taxes, warm climate and excellent golf courses.
  The best thing about Florida is it’s community. There are so many people who retire in Florida just to be closer to these great courses that it’s really easy to socialize if you enjoy golf as much as they do. There are some special communities centered around golf courses as well, which are completely free if you live there. I see many Ads for stuff like that when watching golf-related videos. There are many other activities as well,  namely : swimming, softball, gym and many other amenities for active people.

 I’m eyeing Florida golf communities to settle there myself. The best thing about them is convenience – everything – from dining facilities to grocery stores – are super close and accessible both by walking and by golf carts. That’s what really sells the idea of living in golf community for me.

For now, i’ll finish up because these two are the only states i have information about.

How to get children to enjoy playing golf

Young people don’t like to play golf, or go out and participate in any other sport for that matter. I think it’s kind of natural to want to stay at home and play videogames or watch endless supply of movies instead of going out and being active. The latter requires too much energy and time. In my opinion, that’s why golf is slowly dying. It simply not fit enough to compete with other forms of entertainment that are available today. I believe 21st century will go down in human history as the century of entertainment – because of the abundance of it.

 I believe it’s every responsible parents’ duty to at least try to get their kids interested in some type of sport. I’m not arguing that playing games or watching movies is evil, but it certainly shouldn’t be the only source of entertainment. When i see kids who are attached to their smartphones and tablets watching some stuff, i sometimes do worry about the future. Personally, i’m trying to engage my kids to play golf with me right now. I’ve had mixed successes, mostly due to the errors i’ve made. I’ve also learned from those mistakes and plan on to go forward with my promotion of golf.

 It may seem like it, but it’s not that hard to get kids interested in playing golf. The best and simplest way i found is buying golf clubs and apparel for them. I myself try to not be materialistic and teach them to see value in things other than material possessions. But still, with enough oversight over my actions, i think the goal of getting my kids excited about golf is worth the risk. By the way, good golf clubs for kids are pretty hard to find. This tutorial helped me understand all the ins and outs of buying best golf clubs for children. They love getting new stuff like golf clubs and stylish shoes, and easily get attached to them. By extension, they get attached to golf, and whenever i tell them that i’m going to play golf, they always want to come along. I take them sometimes, whenever i have time and energy.

 The hardest thing about getting children to play golf is their lack of patience. Not only them, but i think the whole world has become much less patient these days. They expect to learn golf in one day and when they realize that it’s impossible, they get exhausted easily. That’s more or less true for most people, and fortunately for me, my kids do have a bit of patience. But i think i deserve a little bit of credit as well – i make it easy to just play and enjoy golf. Some people make it about competition and criticize their children’s games around the clock, hoping that it will motivate them to get better. I don’t think that approach has ever worked or will ever work though.

If something is fun, children are less likely to get bored and want to give it up. Learning golf is definitely one of the things that can be fun, if done properly, of course. Game itself is definitely not easy to learn, but with the right attitude, you can teach it to your kids without getting them exhausted. By the right attitude, i mean attitude of the parent, not of the kids. By that, i mean being patient with your children when they make mistakes, which they inevitably will. Whenever they do, just let it go and encourage them to try again.

 If you don’t think you have what it takes to teach kids properly, you can hire golf tutors or sign them up for lessons. Those aren’t cheap, but they are certainly worth it. Tutors are people who specialize in being the best golf teacher they can be, so they will do much better job of teaching kids how to play golf than anyone else.

  Golf tutor should be someone with plentiful experience of playing golf. He or she should also be trained as a teacher at the same time.Trainer should be able to keep an open mind and be open to suggestions from kids. Golf teacher should also be patient and calm, as well as capable of controlling his emotions during stressful times.  I believe those are the basic expectations that all teachers should meet.

If you do choose the path of getting a golf tutor for your child, make sure to choose good one, because your choice will have significant results. A lot depends on having the right teacher. The right teacher will teach you many different things about golf and keep the process light and relaxing, while the wrong teacher might have good intentions, but have wrong methods of achieving her goals and ultimately lead you to burnout. That’s why it is so important to find golf tutor who not only understands golf, but also understands the psychology of a child and knows how to approach children to get them excited about something. If it takes longer to find good teacher, definitely take your time. Golf lessons will wait, but choosing the wrong teacher will have dire consequences. Happiness and fitness of your child is on stake.
  Overall, i think i’ve made my case that child’s development is extremely important. Parents must be careful and encouraging when they try to get children excited about golf or other hobbies. They must be careful because you don’t want to overdo it. Your child might not like golf and that’s fine, you can find other hobby for him or her. Your main objective should be to get them excited about outdoors hobbies while keeping things fun and interesting. It may not be golf. It may be soccer. Chances are, your children will discover what they like themselves, you just have to be there to support them in doing whatever they love.

Choosing golf clubs for beginners – tips and tricks

I’ve been playing golf for four years now. I usually play golf on weekends, but sometimes, if my work schedule allows, during weekdays as well. I’ve had a lot of experience with different golf clubs and other golf accessories, and i have a lot of people asking me for advice. Which is nice at first, but repeating the same advice thousand times can get a little bit boring. So i decided to compile all my advice, tips and tricks and put them in one accessible article, which is easily accessible and can be read by anyone looking for advice.


As a beginner, in my opinion, defining your budget is the smartest thing to do. Minimum budget can be as low as two or three hundred dollars, and for maximum, sky is the limit. But even if you can afford top notch clubs, it won’t make much difference in the starting phase of your game. You will be constantly defining and discovering new things about your golf game, and it’s just easier to do that with cheaper golf clubs. At least you won’t have to worry about losing them or having them stolen and you can upgrade your clubs anytime anyway.
With that being said, my favorite budget golf club sets have to be the Strata series from Callaway. These clubs have it all – craftsmanship and quality is decent enough to last you for years, brand is very famous and trusted, and it comes with handy accessories like cool bag or headcovers for the clubs. There are other options like club sets from Wilson and Adams, but if i had to recommend just one affordable starter golf club set to someone, it would be Strata set. They have clubs for different prices as well. The only difference is the number of clubs, which isn’t really that important in the beginning. The 12 piece club set will have every single club that you’ll need for at least few years.
If you don’t like prospect of paying few hundred dollars for a club of set that is decent enough, but not great, and want top notch club set right away, buying used golf clubs might be the solution you’re looking for. Used clubs usually cost half the price, and they are widely accessible to buy on eBay, craigslist, globalgolf and many other websites. There might also be local used golf club store near where you live, so it’s worth checking out. But i must warn that there are risks associated with used golf clubs. Just to name a few, the clubs might not be in very good shape or someone might try to sell you counterfeit club. I’d stick with GlobalGolf when ordering used clubs online – their service is unmatched.

How to prepare for golf as a beginner – tutorial based on my experience

Stereotype about golf is that it’s not very physically demanding sport. At first glance, golf might look like passive sport, but i think training and exercise have just as much importance in this game as in any other. It’s not about size of the muscles though. You have to train a lot and exercise your core and back to make your swing better. And that’s pretty much all golf is about – improving your golf swing. If you can manage to perfect your swing, your golf game will flourish and you’ll most likely have best results of all.

 But training alone isn’t enough, you also need to have best golf clubs possible  perfectly fitted for your body and especially arm length. It’s usually hard to generalize, but if you are looking for buying advice on how to pick women’s golf clubs, i think this website does fairly good job. Just visit your local golf retailer, and ask for someone knowledgeable to help you pick out best golf clubs for you. I can’t definitely say which clubs will work perfectly for you, because it depends on a lot of factors, including – your hand preference, your swing speed, material of the club, and many more. It’s just easier to have it picked out by professional. There is also option to have golf clubs customized for you, but that’s expensive procedure, and average golfers can rarely afford it. If you can, definitely go for it.

But if you are on tight budget, like i was, i would recommend checking out the Strata golf club bundles sold by Callaway on Amazon. You might find them on other offline and online stores as well, but in my experience, Amazon offers the best price on it. And the clubs themselves are perfect for beginners who want good clubs for very low price. I still don’t understand how Callaway sees profit in selling these affordable clubs, as they are so good for their price. And they come with stylish golf bag and headcovers too, which makes it perfect buy for anyone wanting to get started with golf.

 It is important to keep in mind that golf courses are pretty expensive as well. And there are many tips on how to save on those, but i can’t fit everything in this tutorial, so i’ll go over it briefly. Easy way to save good amount of money, is buying golf tee times on odd hours and days. You have to understand that everyone flocks to golf courses on weekends, so the price will obviously be higher due to the demand. But if you pick unpopular times like weekday afternoons to play, you can easily survive on very little money.

With that being said, i think golf is best enjoyed when played on weekends and cool evenings with your friends.