There is a recent article from the New York Times describing how President Barack Obama plays Golf. In essence, it seems that the semi-retired President has a game that is not all that good, despite his well-publicized and multiple attempts to practice it. Well, mine isn’t all that hot either; primarily because I don’t have time to hit the links as much as I used to. But the point I’m trying to make here is that “Golf” is no more a verb than football, basketball, hockey or soccer.
It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine. Another one is that I don’t think “text” is a verb, either. That battle I’ve already lost, apparently. I won’t dwell on the fact that I’m an analog boy in a digital world.
Ever hear of someone going footballing? Nope. Me, either. How about someone going basketballing? Uh uh. Me either. Football is a sport. Basketball is a sport. And Golf is a sport. So when even the Grey Lady uses the word “Golf” as a verb, I haz a face palm.
I’m gonna keep this post short and simple by saying that if you enjoy the sport, you don’t “Golf.” You are not a “Golfer.” You don’t go “Golfing.” what you do is tee the ball up and play Golf. Just like you tee the ball up and play football, or tip the ball off and play basketball.
Happy New Year, and may your New Year’s resolution to improve your Golf game take your handicap to a happier and more productive level.