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THE GREEN — Few things force you to run the gamut of emotions more than the game of golf. On one hole you can experience joy, anger, frustration, elation and a myriad of other feelings. In fact, you can go through that exact same roller coaster on one shot.
Not only do I know this from experience, but it is now documented for the non-golfing world to understand.
This group of guys was watching their friend putt. It's a long shot, but he sets it up pretty well. As soon as he strikes the ball, the existential journey of emotional turbulence begins.
Immediately the shot looks pretty good, so the man is hopeful. As it becomes clear the ball is on a great line to the cup, that hope starts to turn to excitement. Then the ball starts slowing down and it looks like it won't go in — that's when frustration sets in.
But somehow the ball starts picking up speed again, which leads to excitement. When it looks as if the ball will sink right into the hole, glee makes an appearance. Then the ball takes a right turn out of nowhere, missing the hole. At this point, shock has washed over the golfer.
The ball keeps going and starts heading for the hill behind the green — this emotional phase is called anxiety. Then the ball hits the crest of the hill and takes a dive. Folks, we're now at all-out panic.
The ball carries down the hill, several yards from the green — a move that has taken us to anger. The ball finally settles far from the green and will require a chip shot to hopefully get it back onto said green to go through the whole thing again. This stage is now acceptance.
Few things can take you through such an emotional whirlwind in 23 seconds quite like golf. Why do we like the sport? I honestly don't know. Not only do these things happen, but you also have evil grounds crews who set up a green like this one just to watch the world burn.
But for some reason, some of us do like golf and keep paying money to voluntarily submit ourselves to a gauntlet of feelings that will leave us emotionally drained by the end of 18 holes.