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The New Existentialists (2013)
  • Rodger E. Broome, PhD, Utah Valley University
Drawing from Heidegger’s (2008) Being and Time, the game of golf is analogous to our Being-unto-death. Each day that we awake is another swing at the ball of life. How well we hit the ball determines the position from which subsequent shots can be made, or our “lie.” A poorly made shot tends to send the ball flying into an obstacle like a sand trap, rough turf, or grove of trees that are along each fairway. We begin each day from the Tee, which is a place where we can set up our ball on a tee so that we have the best possible shot to start the game. Like waking from a night’s rest, we begin each hole anew by teeing up the ball and hitting it down the fairway toward the flag that marks the hole. Around the hole is the “green,” which is short well-groomed grass where the fine strokes called “putting” are made. Like in life, the tee-off and subsequent strokes made on the fairway are the gross movements where the ball is hit at great distances. Putting is like the ideal of the Golden Years when all of one’s previous shots have set him or her up to sink the put and move on to the next hole. Therefore, each stroke sends to ball toward the end of the hole, and each hole played is one closer to the end of the game.
  • golf,
  • psychology,
  • mortality,
  • life-lessons
Publication Date
Winter February 22, 2013
Citation Information
Rodger E. Broome. "Golfing-Unto-Death" The New Existentialists (2013)
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