I just retired from working yesterday so now I can play a lot more golf. How about some feedback from the other retired SA golfers on this forum. Did you guys get better at golf after retiring or did age slow you down and your golf game get worse?
Welcome to the wonderful world of carefree living. Might not be as much money coming in but you get used to that and frankly I feel the time is more valuable. As for the golf, I would have to say that at one point I did get better because I practiced a lot and played just about every day since I was rangering one day a week at a local course. But I don't play quite as much now and probably spend more time on the practice green than the range. For me, I have noticed some loss of distance over the past couple of years but can still get by with what I have and working on my short game seems to make up for any distance loss. Nice going to bed at night with only a tee time on your mind for the next day. Congrats on your retirement.
Yes, Ham, lol you should take up fishing or basket weaving or something. Nah, you should just play more golf without worrying about anyone else's swing problems. Seriously, if golf is still your love, and I think it is, then you should play some tournaments and see just how good you can be. Whatever you do I hope it will be good and enjoyable for you.
Thought it was just a funny idea. I am sure I will play after retirement. If I ever retire. Golf pros can teach for a long time!!! I used to learn from a pro that was 90 years old. He was very good and was a tour player in the roaring twenties. William "wild bill" Mehlhorn. What a character too!!
accurate even as he got close to 90 years old. He could hit three seven irons in a row and have them all sitting within a few yards of each other every time I saw him do it. They were only maybe 100 yards, but at close to 90 was pretty impressive.
They were working on the book when I was there in the mid 80's. I worked with and saw him on a daily basis for a few years.
Bobby is one of the greatest people I have ever met, but his ideas on the golf swing have not much to do with what great players today do in their swings. The mental game ideas in the book are very good though. That is where I learned the most there.
Now where have I heard that name, lol? We had one of the good old timers around here for a long time too. Henry Picard was at the Charleston Country Club and from what I hear he also gave some lessons over at the Charleston Muni. Both courses are located on James Island where I live but the CC is private only and although I do play the muni I believe he gave lessons there long before I took up golf. I do know a few people who were students of his though. Wish I could have been one of them. Anyway, you could just retire and then just give lessons whenever you want to. That would be a nice way to go.
Stan, I am almost 70 years old and have been retired 15 years. I actually am playing better now than when I was much younger. I do hit from the senior tees though. Each year, I keep waiting to see if this is the year that my game starts to go down hill, but it hasn't happened yet.
Retiring is a great step in life. I'm 75, and retired 12 years ago. The first 3 or 4 years after retirement, I played more golf than when I was working, and my game improved. Four years ago, I had a little medical hitch, had to have my right knee replaced. This changed my game, not hitting as far now but still enjoying the game. I now spend more time on the short game and that has helped my game of late. I would suggest that you keep enjoying the golf, and also take up some other hobbies to fill your time.
Most of all, enjoy every day. This game of retirement is great.
will be in November this year. I've been retired for 31 years. I've found the main change in my game is loss of distance - drives average 160 to 180 yards,so I have moved up to the red tees and am still competitive with guys 20 years younger although I get a lot of kidding when I step up on the par 3 tees with a driver in hand. Chipping and putting seem to have not suffered much. I replaced all my irons from 6 down with fairway woods 5,7,9,11. I play 3 times a week allowing a day of rest between rounds, and play early (shortly after sunup) to avoid summer heat. Index is 21.
I will be 71 this oct 28 and I thought I was getting old. I'm just a kid. Your 180 yards off the tee is about all I can get. My group moved up to the red tees this year.
I took up golf at 64 and really regreat not trying it when I was younger. A bogey golfer is all I can do on a good day.