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Thinking this could be a new ongoing topic. Start a "would you rather" discussion each week. Here is the topic for this week...

 

Would you rather be the best golfer in the world for the next 10 years but then never play the game again, or play as you are now for as long as you can?

 

Keep in mind that being the best golfer in the world means you are on tour winning tournaments and majors and get all of the trappings (money, fame, endorsements, lack of privacy etc.) that come with it.

 

I've been thinking about this for the past few days and still don't have an answer.

 

Also would it change your answer if it was a different time frame?

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Best in the world for 10 years. Too many good things to come out of it for me and my loved ones. Means everyone is more than set for forever. I can find another game to play the rest of my life. I do still get calls to play competitive tournament softball and coed every weekend. Its not my fave but I could make due.

 

I won't act like I wouldn't miss it dearly though. Great topic hcky

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Good question!

 

That's a hard one because of the tour/money stipulation. If I was the best golfer in the world but didn't make enough money from doing it to retire after the ten years (like I would if I were on the tour) then I'd say play at my current skill level.

 

Eventually it would become mundane so being that good would lose its luster at some point.

 

But knowing the money/majors are in play, it's hard to go against the tour. If I could choose that and then the game after I was done, I'd probably go that route.

 

If I had to move on from the sport completely, I'd stay where I am now. I love it to much to just walk away forever.

 

Simple answer. I'd stay at my current skill level and work to be the best I can be.

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No Brainer for me.  I would love to be the best but am pretty happy with my game as it is with all it's faults and gd bits so I'd keep what  hav and play for as long as I could.  I love the game too much to give it up after ten years.

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No Brainer for me.  I would love to be the best, but am pretty happy with my game as it is with all it's faults and good bits so I'd keep what have and play for as long as I could.  I love the game too much to give it up after ten years.

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Easy, be the best for 10 years and spend the rest of my life trying to manage a few hundred million bucks.

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Real easy! 10 years at #1. That means I get to live for 10 more years! I may not be playing in 10 years anyway.

 

OK, so now the time scale slides and you will say "How about for 1 year?" Then my answer is I will stay where I'm at, thank you very much.

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Yeah, I don't love anything enough that I wouldn't give it up for a couple million. Except my wife and kids. I'll give the dogs up though. Might only take a couple thousand for that actually...

 

Give me #1 for 10.

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How old are when you start this reign? Like Jordan's age 22 to 32 or more like Tiger 38 to 48 ha ha. As a young man I think play golf forever as  my current age of 32 I'm not sure I could never golf again. Fame and fortune aren't everything. I'm picking golf,.  

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You know this is a great question -

 

My first impulse was to say number 1 of course - I'll be closing in on 70 in a decade and who cares at that point.  

 

However on second blush, the stress relief and comradeship that golf has brought into may life may be even more important at that point than it is today despite diminishing physical skills.  For the most part I've been a person who is comfortable in his own skin throughout adulthood why should I change that even speculatively?  I've consciously followed a road less travelled professionally and personally and there is very little that I would change.  I'm sticking with being able to play as long as I'm able according to God's will. 

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Don't get me wrong, I love golf... I mean damn... I think about golf everyday when in the office and wish I could make a living out of it.

 

But then... I love my family more, so it wouldn't be hard to sacrifice the game in order to give them a better life.

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Here's a question for Steve - could you do that now?  Could you sacrifice golf to work extra hours or to focus on career advancement in such a way as to give your family a better life without becoming world number 1 in any sort of sport?

 

I'm not trying to be a wise guy here or to pick on you.  This is what makes the question so good.  You could go with a simple answer and not think about it again or you could use it as a spring board for reflection on where you are at in real time.

 

I effectively quit playing golf after our first child was born.  I got laid off from work a month or two prior so money was a bit tight and while I did go back to work I was getting active in the church.  I actually started playing again two years latter when I started seminary.  We discovered that golf was much more affordable in the Midwest.  I was busy and didn't play a lot but once I had been in the Parish for a couple of years and the kids got old enough to come with I started playing a couple of times a week again.  My game was totally changed because by then I was in my late 30's but it came back in regards to score.

 

Regardless if you would be willing to give up golf after 10 years of world number 1 because it would help your family would you be willing to give it up now if the same were true? 

 

Oh and one more factor, perhaps not playing golf would change you in some way or another.  Would that be positive or negative?  If it were a negative perhaps your family wouldn't be so happy with you.  We've learned that I'm not as happy without golf or some other physical, sports related activity in my life.  No money in the world is worth sacrificing relationships IMO.

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Here's a question for Steve - could you do that now? Could you sacrifice golf to work extra hours or to focus on career advancement in such a way as to give your family a better life without becoming world number 1 in any sort of sport?

 

I'm not trying to be a wise guy here or to pick on you. This is what makes the question so good. You could go with a simple answer and not think about it again or you could use it as a spring board for reflection on where you are at in real time.

 

I effectively quit playing golf after our first child was born. I got laid off from work a month or two prior so money was a bit tight and while I did go back to work I was getting active in the church. I actually started playing again two years latter when I started seminary. We discovered that golf was much more affordable in the Midwest. I was busy and didn't play a lot but once I had been in the Parish for a couple of years and the kids got old enough to come with I started playing a couple of times a week again. My game was totally changed because by then I was in my late 30's but it came back in regards to score.

 

Regardless if you would be willing to give up golf after 10 years of world number 1 because it would help your family would you be willing to give it up now if the same were true?

 

Oh and one more factor, perhaps not playing golf would change you in some way or another. Would that be positive or negative? If it were a negative perhaps your family wouldn't be so happy with you. We've learned that I'm not as happy without golf or some other physical, sports related activity in my life. No money in the world is worth sacrificing relationships IMO.

The question wasn't directed at me but I'll bite. No overtime or second job I work is going to net me 100 million in 10 years. Yes I may make more money than I do now but not in that amount. I won't have to work again unless I wanted to so I could spend as much time as I wanted with people. At that point I could take up another sport to try and fill the golf void. I may not love it as much but I bet I could make due. This from someone who loved to play baseball competitively and can never do that again.
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would you rather....

 

Be a scratch amateur or be a once great player who shoots high 70s on the Tour regularly and be embarrassed as people around the world declare you're DONE on a weekly basis?

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Love golf but I could replace it with something else. Good chance I won't be making 100 million + over the next 10 years though. 

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Here's a question for Steve - could you do that now?  Could you sacrifice golf to work extra hours or to focus on career advancement in such a way as to give your family a better life without becoming world number 1 in any sort of sport?

 

I'm not trying to be a wise guy here or to pick on you.  This is what makes the question so good.  You could go with a simple answer and not think about it again or you could use it as a spring board for reflection on where you are at in real time.

 

I effectively quit playing golf after our first child was born.  I got laid off from work a month or two prior so money was a bit tight and while I did go back to work I was getting active in the church.  I actually started playing again two years latter when I started seminary.  We discovered that golf was much more affordable in the Midwest.  I was busy and didn't play a lot but once I had been in the Parish for a couple of years and the kids got old enough to come with I started playing a couple of times a week again.  My game was totally changed because by then I was in my late 30's but it came back in regards to score.

 

Regardless if you would be willing to give up golf after 10 years of world number 1 because it would help your family would you be willing to give it up now if the same were true? 

 

Oh and one more factor, perhaps not playing golf would change you in some way or another.  Would that be positive or negative?  If it were a negative perhaps your family wouldn't be so happy with you.  We've learned that I'm not as happy without golf or some other physical, sports related activity in my life.  No money in the world is worth sacrificing relationships IMO.

 

Snap! Under beat me to it :P

 

It's a matter of "price performance ratio"

Right now I get to play weekends only. By giving up 2 days of golf, how much extra dough would I make in 10 years? Definitely not 10-20 million.

If working 2 extra days per week meant putting more food on the table or paying for the kid's education, then sure... I would definitely give up golf.

But right now it wouldn't make any difference.

I picked up golf about 4-5 years ago... before that I had other hobbies such as basketball and tennis so I don't think giving it up would change me that much. There are always other cheaper hobbies you can pick up.

But I agree with you, money is not everything... but assuming all things remain equal (relationship with family, personality, etc.), I would still choose 10 years as #1.

 

Definitely valid points, Rev!

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would you rather....

 

Be a scratch amateur or be a once great player who shoots high 70s on the Tour regularly and be embarrassed as people around the world declare you're DONE on a weekly basis?

If you're talking about who I think you are, I'll take the latter.

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