Golf in Tirana

Finally I found a place to play golf in Tirana! It’s not a golf course per se, but at least it’s a start.

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It’s located right next Kame resort, on the way tp Pellumbas cave, off el Basan road. It’s almost 25 min south of Tirana.

I heard another resort near Durres will have a real golf course, but it’s still under construction.

I’m so glad with all the changes I’ve witnessed since coming here 3 years ago! Way to go!!

L i F e

I am living an interesting phase of my life. In the past I used to have a steady rhythm to my steps. Mostly predictable moves. Taking it easy. One step at a time. Then few months ago I started to stir it up a little, because I found that doing some actions now based on futuristic predictions can turn into a waste of time if it was not planned perfectly well.

I started to redesign the way I live and started to think about my future in a different manner.

 

Normally I love of the feeling of anticipation. Just like in a roller coaster, the most exciting (and fearful) point for me is when you see the tip of the trail but nothing afterwards. And as I lived a very predictable life (from my point of view, however my family and some of my friends would disagree J ), I decided to be more daring. I started to plan for the things I wanted to do but was afraid of thinking that it might happen. Or in other words, start contemplating options that I have always thought would be out of my reach.

 

All of that accumulated in a certain point where I have to make a drastic decision.

And unfortunately I am not a person who can make up her mind easily when it comes to major decisions (except in shopping), but when I do I follow through till the end. And the funny thing is that I know that for whatever I choose I will put all my powers to make it work, and I know that whatever my decision would be I will not regret missing out the other options (hopefully), yet I still don’t know which destination I want to reach in -say- 20 years.

 

So I’m 24 and I still don’t know where I want my destination to be! What a shame!

 

My golf guru once told me that I have what it takes to do a nice golf swing. I have already a nice base of knowledge. I have the physical flexibility and strength that permit me to do it quite well. But it’s all in my mind. I have to let go. “Just arrange your thoughts, consider all the tiny movements you need to perform, then forget about all of that and release all your energy swiftly, because only at that moment you would truly feel the ecstasy of perfection”.

 

I used to smile when he said so. I didn’t know how would a simple swing would give me this pleasure. But when I truly did it right, it was unbelievable!

Oh how I want to feel the same way about the other aspects of my life…

 

 

Golf in Egypt

It has been a long time since I last talked about Golf. Golf is seen by many Egyptians as that luxurious game played by old lazy rich men. “What’s fun in following a small ball all around the place”, that’s a phrase I always hear. Many people I know are surprised why I chose to play golf, actually it was something I wanted to do for some time (it was on my To Do list 🙂 ), and I had the chance to try it last year, and I was instantly hooked up to that small irritating ball. I spent long hours trying to perfect that shot, and at the end I mess it all up and return home more frustrated than ever, but eager to come again and give it another try. I heard before that doing a perfect shot after so many trials gives you the same sensation of feeling in love ! Tab3an this is exagerated, but a well played shot feels amazing. Also spending some time in silence, away from the hectic uran life, seeing pretty landscapes,,, is exactly what I need after a long week of work.

El Mohem,,, there are many golf courses in Egypt, (more than what I thought), pictures from google earth can be found here. I found an interesting post by Mohamed Siam from google earth community with brief description on all the golf courses in Egypt, I really liked it.

And here are some links:

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Agaza

So here I am in Cairo, No I am not in Siwa, or El Karm, or Aswan, or even El Ein El Sokhna 😦 I really really really wanted to travel during this long vacation,, ma aleina,, hanenhab? I am here and enjoying a whole week off work.

Apart from the over dose of movies that I am having, I spent the first day of el eid with the family (I really missed them), and today I went to play GOLF,,, it was beautiful, I played in the driving range (it is that place where a line of golfers hit balls for hours), and then walked with a friend who played 9 holes on the golf course (that’s where u see the golfers walking with their trollies following the ball). I have to start going on the course, but lessa shewaya 3alaia, I need to have more confidence in my swing, have a bettter direction, learn how to get out from the sand bunker, use the driver…. Anyway, the weather was really nice, every now and then the sun hides behind dark clouds, then it rained, and after a while the sun reappeared again, then rain again,,,, BEAUTIFUL.

It’s 2007 already!

Golf & Life

Let me show u something. Even if you don’t know much about golf, look at the main ideas behind it…. Masalan the idea of going through the ball instead of just concentrating on hitting it bas, (the one I was just talking about)….I know this might sound weird…. but this is kinda like life, love and marriage…. Let’s assume the target is ‘happy life’, the commitment is the ball, and the power of swinging the golf club is love, and the point of hitting the ball (aka point of impact) is marriage.
Mashi?
Most people consider marriage as the decisive point in any relationship, but concentrating on only this will -most probably- deviate them from actually their final target (= happy life), but if we concentrated more on the feeling of the swing (= love), and considered the part where the club hits the ball (= marriage) as simply part of the process of getting there then we’d definitely have a better chance for reaching a happy life 🙂
see what i mean?

Golf practice updates

I have a problem that my practice swing is far better than my real swing in hitting the ball, I have also another problem that the ball’s trajectory is much higher than what is needed, that’s plus speed, direction,,,,, tons of stuff 😦

The good news is that last Saturday I made a small progress in applying the idea of “going through the ball instead of hitting it“. I loved it. I trusted my swing at last after so many disappointments. What a feeling.

Here are some tips I found and could understand what the author was talking about:

“One of the biggest mistakes most golfers make is not swinging to their intended target. Most golfers will tell you they are swinging to hit the ball when in reality your target is the fairway or the green. This is why when people make practice siwngs in most cases that swing is better than their actual real swing over the ball. The reason this occurs is because there is a ball in front of them and they make the ball the target. Once you lock eyes too long on the ball your mind starts grinding out too much information which can become detrimental because it can inhibit you from just reacting naturally.”

And Finally a nice tip for golf and life in general:”You must first believe you can make the shot and trust your instincts and abilities and then just pull the trigger. To play good solid golf you want to have a quiet mind. Because a mind overloaded with too many thoughts will create confusion and this inturn will not allow you to freely swing through the ball towards your target. “

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