Before I became a television superstar in the Mid-Ohio Valley, I worked at a golf course for ten years. Those years were truly the prime of my life. Everyday I went to work, I knew the day would end with golf clubs in my hand and a rushed attempt to get as many holes in before the sun went down. This was the life!
Last year I was forced into retirement for a number of reasons. First, my temper. The game just wasn't fun anymore. I went from crushing the ball 270 yards off the tee with a faint draw. Somewhere along the line, that devolved into a 150-yard desperation swing with the club face coming down the wrong path and rifling in completely closed at impact. Golf is just no fun when you can't get off the tee. It's also no fun when you have to pay. Which brings me to my second reason for early retirement: Golf is really expensive when it's not free.
I know that's terrible rationale. We've all heard the same rationale: A bad day at the golf course beats a good day at work anytime. Golf is supposed to be a fun-filled leisure activity. But for me, it's turned it into nothing more than a gigantic window into one of my biggest failures in life.
But this off-season, my colleague Jim Wharton brainwashed me. He's been talking my ears off about how great golf is. He even orchestrated an effort to get me on the course at Oglebay for a WV media day. My game isn't even ready for a local par three course, never mind a resort course designed by Arnold Palmer!!
So last week, I went out and gathered the courage to hit the links once again. And you know what? I'm all in.
I hit a couple of good drives, a bunch of very good iron shots, some precise chips and pitches, and absolutely zero good puts. But it was enough to rope me back into the game I grew up playing. Granted, I still not happy with my game, and it's likely I have a few more incidents of storming off the course after the first hole left in me. But I'll at least give it a few more shots, and then probably some more shots. Fortunately, I always have a giant eraser on hand to make those extra shots disappear.