Saturday, September 17, 2011
Wounded Warriors and a Good Walk Spoiled
The origin of the characterization of golf as " a good walk spoiled" has been largely debunked, but the fact is, the game is loved and hated in equal measure by those who play it. It allows for quiet contemplation, focused physicality and socialization. And it also inspires fits of temper that can include--club-throwing. An act that my father said should get you banned from the links for life.
But I digress.
The point here is that for 7 members of the Wounded Warrior Project, the game of golf is yes, a source of frustration, but also a release. It's a game that is played in groups, but at your own pace and at your own level. It can't be rushed. It gives players a chance for quiet introspection and socialization. For wounded warriors, it's a perfect tonic for body, soul, spirit.
I got to meet up with 7 wounded warriors who were being presented with custom-fitted clubs (in personalized golf bags) from the Golfsmith store in Tyson's Corner, Virginia. Here's some of what they had to say about the benefits of golf.