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Active Retirees : Active Retirees April-May 2012
Active RetireesTM | 59 Why I play Jeanette Graham already played golf two times a week and loved it so, when she heard Probus was organising a morning golf session, she immediately said yes. Why did you join the golf group? I wanted to do something social, meet new people and have a laugh now and then. In fact, that’s why most people join Probus. As an advanced golfer, do you help those who have never played before? I try to show them how to swing, what club to use, and so on. But it goes both ways. I’ve never played ten-pin bowling and I’m sure I’ll need help at the next event. What motivates you to attend each month? It’s a great group and I mostly enjoy the conversation. We chat on the way, as we’re walking up the course, in the clubhouse – everywhere really. And when someone plays a duff shot, you give them a hard time. When the end of play is announced, the golfers make their way to the clubhouse for lunch. They celebrate their golfing highs, have a few drinks and forget the lows. The wet season in Darwin starts around November and initially brings hot and steamy weather, with the occasional lightning storm. It’s not ideal to be standing in the middle of a golf course holding a club made of metal, Johnno says. He quotes professional golfer Lee Trevino: “If you’re caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.” So Johnno organises alternative activities during the wet season. Bocce and mini golf have been a hit. But during the wettest, hottest months, ten-pin bowling is the most requested activity. Not only does it provide an air - conditioned escape, it has also helped uncover hidden talents within the group. Johnno recalls one memorable occasion when 90-year -old Probus member Joyce Meeder showed a flair for bowling; she refused to use the assistance ramp and proved a fierce competitor. “Ten-pin bowling has been a very popular activity, so we’re hoping to have a good roll of three to four games over the wet season.” He will also investigate other activities to “keep it interesting”. Archery and cycling are a possibility, or “we can catch a few crocodiles for something to do,” he jokes. •• 1 Keep it simple When buying or hiring golf clubs, you don’t need to go through an extensive fitting program because you really don’t know how to swing yet. Ask for clubs that fit your strength and general posture when you stand to the ball. 2 Bigger is better ... sometimes A big club head can make up for bad swing. It also means the driver is likely to be made of titanium which can provide better transfer of energy from the club head to the ball, resulting in more distance. 3 Consider price when buying balls In the beginning, the odds are good that you’re going tolosealotof balls. The average player probably won't notice any difference in performance using less expensive balls. 4 Invest in a lesson The best gift for a beginner is a lesson. This will cost about one- tenth of the price of a good driver and may improve your game significantly. GEAR FOR BEGINNERS If you’re caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.
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