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As the weather warms up I see more and more people on the golf course. Now more people (I concede, majority of these people seem retired) congregate at the club café/ restaurant and talk energetically and sometimes boisterously. It is nice to see the place more animated.

One of the wonders of playing golf is, as far as I am concerned, that it is so easy to lose balls. It’s not necessarily that we can’t find balls when they get lost in the rough patches, such as thickly-covered ground vegetation. We even find it difficult – occasionally to be sure – to find balls when we are almost certain that balls have landed on certain spots. (I suspect that this phenomenon happens more on our club golf course than elsewhere.) I find it rather mysterious and quite interesting because it seems to highlight the problems of our perception.

There are obviously some logical reasons for us not finding balls more often on our golf course which is at times quite hilly (balls can travel down into some unexpected spots) and whose roughs are often covered with densely grown vegetation such as ivies and blackberries (one just hesitates to stick one’s hand into the thorny ground). But, after all things considered, I think the cause for the difficulty in finding balls that traveled high and far can be summed up as the problem of our perception habit. We are often trapped in our fixed or preconceived ideas. When light plays some tricks on our perception we tend to believe the ball fell on certain particular spot. This belief sometimes makes it very difficult for us to see where in fact the ball fell. This perceptive problem can be extrapolated into the problem we occasionally encounter in seeing certain things for what they really are.