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The Truth about my short game

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  October 3, 2011 01:16 PM

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How about this Indian summer we got goin’ on right now? Just when I’ve braced myself for the cold weather that’s sure to happen, we get a few days of summer heat! But I’m not complaining -- that means I get to hit the links a few more times and work on my short game. Golf is actually a pretty good workout too with all that walking.

I don’t mean to brag, but I have to say my golf game is gettin pretty solid. I feel lucky that I got to play so much this summer, hit a lot of balls, and check out a few different courses. Pretty soon I’ll be ready to get into some live competition like Barkley and Justin Timberlake. And who knows, maybe next year you’ll see me go stroke for stroke with the pros at the DBC.

But for real, I enjoy the game -- it’s relaxing and gets me to loosen up. There’s something about being outdoors -- the quiet around you, taking it at your own speed. Sometimes it’s a nice break from four intense quarters of ball at the Garden, but we all know I would never change my job for anything in the world! But, golf is easy on the body, and still a great form of exercise. It’s one of those things that you can do from age 5 to 85 -- or at least I’m plannin on it.

Through my Truth on Health Campaign, I encourage kids to look at exercise this way -- something that’s fun, you can do at any age, and at your own pace. Golf is one of the best examples of that. After 18 holes of walking the course, I doubt anyone is sayin they’re not tired….and you’ll feel it in your shoulders the next day, too. Golf is also a social game, one I love playing with my boys on sunny weekends, especially this time of year.

Now I do love golf, but ya’ll know my calling is basketball. Nothing wrong with havin a few hobbies, though! I love the game of basketball, being with the fans and playing for a city that’s been so good to me. So while golf is a nice break sometimes, hoops will always be my number one.

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Paul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »

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