Raise your hand if you’ve dropped this line before: “I’d love to play more golf, but I just don’t have enough time…” I thought so. I get it, it seems like life gets busier every year, but there’s also plenty of things you waste time on every week when you could be playing golf. Here are some of the top things you can cut back on if you really want to play more golf:
1. Binging Netflix
This one almost goes without saying. Are you finally going to hit the course this weekend or spend it binge watching The Office for the 12th time?
2. Watching all 4 days of the Masters
Why watch golf on TV when you could go play yourself? And I love watching sports as much as anyone, but you know you can get a round in first thing in the morning and still make it home for all the major action.
3. Refreshing your timeline
What good is having hundreds of followers if you never see them? Hit up your friends and then hit the links.
4. Pumping iron
Sure, working out is good for you, but why do it if you can’t show off your gains? You’ve been crushing your workouts, now start crushing some drives. Plus, think of all the steps you’ll get in if you decide to walk instead of ride.
5. Getting your drink on
Whether you’re networking with co-workers or catching up with old friends, we all love to head to happy hour. Trade the bar scene for the golf course and grab your drinks while you play.
6. Being handcuffed to your desk
Ok, maybe work isn’t a waste of time. But you work your butt off for 40 or 50 or 60 hours a week, so maybe it’s time to grab some of that work-life balance you keep telling yourself you need. Go play some golf, work can wait until tomorrow.
7. Yet another home project
The living room needs to be painted, the garage needs to be organized, the grass needs to be mowed, the kitchen needs to be remodeled; it never ends. You have 2 choices: fall into the never-ending cycle of projects, or hire a contractor and spend that time doing something you actually enjoy.
8. Date nights
Another night of the same conversation at the same old restaurant? Pass. Take your significant other out to the course with you, because nothing says “I love you” more than chucking your 7 iron after putting another ball in the drink.
9. Spending time with your family
You can always use the course as an excuse to get the kids out of the house and enjoy nature. Or don’t and leave them at home. They’ll understand some day.
I know you always play your best rounds in your dreams, but that doesn’t count. You can sleep when you’re dead.
Tired of making excuses not to golf and need an excuse to play? Joining a local golf club gives you access to regular tournaments at least once a month (some of them even play multiple times a week), so you can lock in your golf schedule in advance. We can help you find a golf club near you with the SCGA Club Finder tool.
Kevin is a born and raised Southern California golfer. His golf highlights include occasionally breaking 90, losing an entire dozen balls in one round, and sinking a 20 foot putt on camera on the first take. Kevin is a member of Tiny Putters Golf and his current Handicap Index is none of your business.