In a rare interview, Larry David, a 10-handicap, talks about his loathe-hate relationship with the game

July 8, 2011

If previous years are a guide, the eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO, premieres July 10) will find star and golf addict Larry David, 63, with a club in his hands. In a rare interview, the Seinfeld co-creator, a 10-handicap, talks about his loathe-hate relationship with the game.

Less miserable

“Golf has turned up a lot in Curb and Seinfeld — Kramer played. Remember ‘The Marine Biologist’? The game is a huge part of my life. It’s insane that I still play. I should have quit by now. I’m miserable when I play badly. If I wasn’t a golfer, I would still be miserable — but not as miserable.”

The grass is always greener
“A bad round is like marijuana. You’re stoned, not having fun, but at least you know the suffering will soon be over.”

Get a grip
“I have a new grip. It’s a miracle. It’s changed my swing! I’ve gone from a 16-handicap to a 10. I’m a different person. When you’re playing well, it’s like being in love. You’re happier. There’s a bounce to your step. And when you play badly, it’s torture.”

Torn between two lovers
“Golf and dating don’t mix. I was in a good relationship with someone recently. One night, after a bout of lovemaking, I told her, ‘I have to go. I have a tee time. I have to wake up and stretch.’ She didn’t take it well. She said, ‘No man ever said that to me before.’ Walking out I said, ‘Then you’ve never dated a golfer before.’ ”

My name’s Larry and I’m a golfaholic
“It speaks to how boring my life is that I’m not giving up this thing that causes me such misery. Nothing else interests me like golf. Nothing. I think golf is literally an addiction. I’m surprised there’s not Golf Anonymous.”