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So what hobby or  sport did you give up so you could focus on golf?  If you did - why  and any regrets?

Great Topic.   I have three young kids so that really factors into it, but for me it would be tennis.  

I still play golf and basketball regularly.  Working from home has helped me get to the range more or play 9 hole lunch rounds during the work week, which was not really possible before.  My boss also has the golf bug starting last year, so that has helped tremendously!

I don't regret letting tennis go as I just don't have the time that I used to and this was the sport I liked the least of the three.  If any regrets, it would be that I've lost touch with some of my tennis buddies that I used to play and interact with.  

I may have to swap tennis for basketball since it's a non contact sport and I don't want to risk reinjuring my Achilles this summer.   I will probably start back with basketball in the fall/winter, but I want to give my body plenty of time to heal.

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For me it was snowboarding; I used to go 100+ days a year, not sure if I’ll even go once this season. Not worth an injury to my wrists, elbows, or shoulders anymore; not when I’m gunning for a zero handicap this year...


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For me it was hunting and fishing. I had casually played golf for years and picked it back up (with a vengeance) in order to have something to obsess over. 

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Interesting topic. I always picked up something to do and kept at it until I mastered it or got bored with it, then would just quit. It's a long list. 

Down Hill skiing. Got good enough to tackle any black diamond run from the East Coast to the Rockies.

Motocross. The only thing I regret stopping but thats something you can't do as you get older.

Deer Hunting, Rifle. First time hunting got my first deer and any time after that. A month of scouting only to end 15 minutes into opening day.

Deer Hunting, Bow. First time out got one and any time after that. Same as above just warmer.

Competition pistol shooting.  Got bored. Competition archery. Got bored.

Bowling. Had as high as a 215 average. One day just stopped about 12 years ago. Just missed several 300 games by a couple pins.

White water rafting. Fun for awhile, even worked for an outdoor adventure company. We ran down hill sking trips, whitewater rafting, and dude ranch adventures. Got to do everything for free.

My wife has even commented in the past. You are very good at _________. How can you just stop. I don't understand.  Of course I still have most of this stuff around the house. "maybe someday I might want to do it again syndrome"

Golf has been the only thing that I can't beat. There are always goals to achieve. Always a stroke to improve upon from the last round. And there is a hole in one waiting for me out there somewhere.

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I didn't really give it up to "focus" on golf, but my only other hobbies were skating and surfing. Kinda grew out of skating once we all started driving, but I don't get in the water much because I moved 20 minutes away from my home breaks. Next house is back in the old neighborhood so I'll probably get into the water again but getting back into surf shape doesn't sound fun at all, LOL.

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Like @yungkorygolf hasn’t taken over anything really. I have a lot of hobbies but golf is my main focus now.

baseball my younger years took all my energy. These days between golf, snowboarding and shooting I always have something to take my interest. I like the aspect of Snowboarding being outside and physically it feeds my winter needs as well as my occasional “go big or go home” thought process. Shooting/building/cleaning my guns is one of my favorite processes and is something I can go and do for 45 minutes and be satisfied but if I had to make a choice give me golf 

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I had to give up baseball. Had some medical issues that caused my retirement but it still took me 2 more years to really let go of playing baseball. Once I did and dedicated myself to getting better at golf my scores started to drop drastically. Started that May as a 5-6 handicap and finished the summer having gotten down to +2 at one point

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I played baseball into high school and then softball till I got married. I was never good enough to make the varsity so I don't know how much I gave up. Softball was fun but it was that age a lot of guys were getting married so teams were falling apart. There was one summer I went back at and I felt like I lost a few steps.

Now I've been playing D&D more over quarantine so I'm gonna have to pull that back so I can commit to lots of golf over the summer. I won't hit my goals with divided attention.

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great topic!

i didn’t really give anything up to focus on golf, but it’s come along and filled that “all consuming pursuit” role for me. 

for a while those things in my life flowed into each other. i went almost straight from my last college baseball game to competitive crossfit, and then on to competitive olympic weightlifting. 

i competed at my last crossfit games in 2018, and did my last olympic weightlifting meet early in 2019. after that i was just kind of...relaxing?

last year with covid basically taking away any normal fun activity, my family rented a house so we could all at least be quarantined together. my dad and brother in law brought their clubs and urged me to join them. 

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2 hours ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

Interesting topic. I always picked up something to do and kept at it until I mastered it or got bored with it, then would just quit. It's a long list. 

Down Hill skiing. Got good enough to tackle any black diamond run from the East Coast to the Rockies.

Motocross. The only thing I regret stopping but thats something you can't do as you get older.

Deer Hunting, Rifle. First time hunting got my first deer and any time after that. A month of scouting only to end 15 minutes into opening day.

Deer Hunting, Bow. First time out got one and any time after that. Same as above just warmer.

Competition pistol shooting.  Got bored. Competition archery. Got bored.

Bowling. Had as high as a 215 average. One day just stopped about 12 years ago. Just missed several 300 games by a couple pins.

White water rafting. Fun for awhile, even worked for an outdoor adventure company. We ran down hill sking trips, whitewater rafting, and dude ranch adventures. Got to do everything for free.

My wife has even commented in the past. You are very good at _________. How can you just stop. I don't understand.  Of course I still have most of this stuff around the house. "maybe someday I might want to do it again syndrome"

Golf has been the only thing that I can't beat. There are always goals to achieve. Always a stroke to improve upon from the last round. And there is a hole in one waiting for me out there somewhere.

I can totally relate about activities becoming boring. Before Sailing, I logged about 700 hours as a private pilot, passed my instrument and commercial check rides. But flying was either extremely boring or on the edge of death (that story another time). Skiing, yea did that as well. But as I got older I started to really hate the cold. I've often told people getting good at golf (and I'm far from it) is the most difficult activity/sport/hobby I've done.  

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I gave up hockey and running but that was on doctors orders. I’ve had knee problems since high school and I tore my inner meniscus while running in my late 30’s. At that point my doc laid the hammer down. I sold all my gear and starting playing golf that summer. Took a few years for it to really kick in but once it did, forget it.

I still play drums & guitar, write & record music, etc which has been my main hobby since age 13 or so.


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With living in NH didn't really have to give much up for golf since my other sorry was hockey, and I still run. Hockey has fallen off more due to not wanting to play a game at 10 pm. So it's mostly running and golf, one for fun the other to get myself outside in the winter.

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I haven’t given anything up for golf. I stopped golfing as much to get back into hockey.

I hunt and train dogs a lot so that puts golf on the back burner a lot. Golf is the thing I do the least honestly no matter how much I enjoy it.

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46 minutes ago, tommc23 said:

I haven’t given anything up for golf. I stopped golfing as much to get back into hockey.

I hunt and train dogs a lot so that puts golf on the back burner a lot. Golf is the thing I do the least honestly no matter how much I enjoy it.

You forgot to mention cooking based on the pics in your cooking thread. I'm always hungry after I read your posts. 

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Stop playing hockey and softball were the last two .. but I retired from all sports except golf .. 

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I’ve golfed off and on for many years. I never really dedicated a lot of time to it. But in 2019 my job was eliminated and that afforded me the opportunity of time. I’m now semi-retired, working 40 hours a month. I decided to give more time to golf and this year purchased a Monday thru Thursday membership at a local course. My wife encouraged it. 😃 I dabble in photography. When I lived in the Pacific Northwest, I was 10 minutes from the Boeing factory and Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Museum so I’d spend time there taking pictures. 

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Great topic!

For me, it was auto racing. I fell in love with NASCAR in high school and started helping a family friend at the local short track. Moved to NC at the age of 18 to try to work my way into the sport. Somehow I managed to meet the right people and racing was my career and life for 15 years. Hitting my 30s, getting married and having kids changed my perspective and i wasn’t willing to devote so much of my time to work. Long hours and traveling 100+ days of the year wasn’t for me anymore. In 2017 a few guys I worked with played on our days off and I started going with them. At the time, they were about a 5 and 10 handicap and I had played about 5 rounds in my life. Needless to say I got addicted, and in 2019 the right opportunity came up and I got out of racing. Golf has filled the competitive side I lost when I changed careers.


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I also used to play the pipes. Played for 6 years or so as a teenager competing solo and in a band for a few years. Got up to Grade 2 in solo competition but university took up a bunch of time so I stopped playing and haven't picked up the pipes since unfortunately. Maybe soon.

Before I met my wife I was playing men’s league hockey and working part time on an ambulance. Any spare time was dedicated to pipe band gigs and rehearsals. I played for 8 years with several FD and Scottish bands before taking a break. 
 
Anyone with kids knows that the pie chart slices smallest amongst your hobbies. Golf was occupying a small percentage and I decided I would rather drop the bagpipes and use that spare time for more rounds on the course. I actually picked up the pipes today to play a few tunes, some of it’s still there [emoji444] 
 
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