” I Have Never Swung A Baseball Bat”


I have heard this response for almost all of my six season of coaching golf. Every season I get golfers who have never picked up a club, so after I show them how to grip the thing, I asked them to swing it like they are hitting a pitched baseball. The title of this thread is almost always the response I get! I am talking never. If I was able to transport myself back to the 1950’s,60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and even as recent as the 90’s, I doubt I would hear this as much as I do. So what the hell happened?

In my un-humble opinion, I am going with video games and the internet as the culprits. As for video games? I have played them since Pong first came onto the scene. Played them through college, and even to this day, I play Tiger Woods’s golf on the Play Station. Thing is, it does not take the place of my physical activities. I had one player a few years back actually tell me he worked on his golf game all weekend long. I was thinking he spent hours at the driving range grinding away. Nope, he told me he played Wii golf! As for the Inter-Net? It is as addictive as any drug and it is virtually free. Kids, as well as adults, are able to create a universe where they are god. Almost any behavior is acceptable, and there is virtually no accountability for any actions. Like being a kid sans parents. So why would kids want to leave their insulated domain and venture into the real world of physical activity?

Don’t know if I have an answer to this. I know when I was a kid I would take a hand full of golf balls and hit them from the back yard to the furthest fence post fo our three acre farm. I would walk to them with my dog Mandy, and hit them back. I would repeat this for hours, five to seven days a week during the summer. I would also spend hours a day bouncing a tennis ball off of the water-pump house to sharpen my defensive skills for baseball.

I guess for a kid who has never swung a bat, the answer is “Well it is about time you tried it.” Of course, with me, they are swinging a golf club. I guess they gotta put down the controller, or mouse and start

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mickdolan
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 09:32:18

    Can’t hand ya beer, Hillbilly but I do think baseball and golf are more of a thinking man’s game and therefore don’t find as much favor these days among young folk. I’m quite amazed at so many people who have never swung a baseball bat!!

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  2. The Conservative Hill Billy
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 09:45:22

    Great question! I think they might not realize how much fun it is, even though it is extremely hard to do..both hitting a baseball or golf ball. Failure is involved.

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  3. deborahbidwell
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 10:42:26

    Reblogged this on DeborahBidwell's Blog and commented:
    thats the problem now days, you have all these “kids” that dont experience the world except through a screen, if it didnt happen on line or on a game site they dont know what it is. it is unfortunate, but for those of us that used the time away from games as a punishment we have kids that do know what the world is, and they are still at a disadvantage due to lack of skills outside the computer/game world.

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  4. Carl D'Agostino
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 10:51:21

    Comin’ up on 64 but can still hit that softball. If fence 350 feet or less that ball is gone ! Can send it further if necessary.

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  5. the unit
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 15:25:55

    Good luck and I wish y’all well. 47 and coming up on 64! But unit reminds you, what a difference a day makes. Count your blessings daily. Call me back when you 71 with your physical feats. I first human to go over Viagra Falls without condiment, Sandra Fluke dared me! 🙂

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    • The Conservative Hill Billy
      Feb 21, 2013 @ 15:53:42

      VIAGRA FALLS?! Instant classic line….I am using it. Just remember what Jack LaLane was doing at 70,80, and 90!

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      • the unit
        Feb 21, 2013 @ 17:54:13

        Yeah, I remember. And Jack Palance was doing one armed push ups at the Emmys or the Oscars about that long. Things work for some a long long time. Y’all keep it up now! I was only worried some weeks ago when thumb and index finger wouldn’t bend.
        Iittle osteolinkletter or something doctor called it. Better now and pick my nose again.

  6. 68ghia
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 22:25:33

    We don’t even really do baseball in SA, and even I’ve swung a bat or two in my day 😉
    But that’s just it – my day. 30 odd years ago you had no real choice but to occupy your time with all manner of things, none of which included a TV in any way, shape or form.
    Actually sad for the poor kids these days – they’re missing more than they’ve gained.

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