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  • Writer's pictureAhsan Jamil

Stimulation of the Simulation

“Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.”

Ralph Marston

Suitable weather is the utmost prerequisite for playing golf. This winter, I am stuck in New York. And the weather this year is unusually harsh here. That makes golfing out of the question. Although I am used to playing golf on almost frozen grounds, this year either I am feeling the effects of aging or the cold weather is more unfriendly.

So the only option that remains is the simulators. Golf is fun, an addiction, a satisfaction and a fulfillment. I admit so. Yet it is also a liturgy, a practice.

“Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”

Martha Graham

When we have the time and the weather refuses golf, that’s the biggest disappointment. Thanks to technical advances we have simulators now. I reserved a spot there yesterday. The staff at the simulator hall was very friendly. My cabin was fresh and ready for the round. I changed and got completely tip-top in my golf attire, wearing a half-sleeve and shorts. There was no better way to take revenge on that colder weather. I asked the attendant to set me up at Cypress Point Club at Pebble Beach, California. The greatest advantage of virtual golf is that we can play anywhere we want, short of going there physically.

Brushing my hair with my right hand I got my one wood out. Placing the ball at the right point, I waited for the go light to turn green before I took off. Playing at the simulator is more challenging than the actual golf. I finished that round at 101. In about one hour and 45 minutes. Putting is the real challenge here as well.

“Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me

Other times, I can barely see

Lately, it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it has been.”

Truckin’ by Grateful Dead

Songwriters: Jerome J. Garcia / Philip Lesh / Robert C. Christie Hunter / Robert Hall Weir

Today’s scientifically advanced human brags about their inventions, among many others, high-resolution cameras, three-dimensional movies and virtual golf. Yet humans’ love for virtuality goes far back. The history of daydreaming, fantasy and visions is as long as human existence. They just have learned how to create visual effects according to their fantasies. On top of that, artificial scenes are more colorful than the original. Their younger generation likes to see things online more than in their actual shape, like playing online football, etc. Playing golf virtually and on simulators is very convenient and attractive. It is growing on me fast as well. It is convenient, safe, handy and indoors, where temperature and possibilities are controlled. We can neither lose a ball nor drown one. Instead, we lose fresh air, getting in touch with soil, seeing birds, fragrance of the outdoors, the environment and the walk on the fairway, the walk that makes it worth the while.

“Shut your eyes so the heart may become your eye, and with that vision look upon another world.”







Ahsan Jamil 

Golfer, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Author, Poet, Wanderer, Photographer, Rebel. 



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