As a competitive golfer, I have unfortunately heard the words, “golf isn’t a sport,” too many times to count. I have also been questioned why golfers work out and what workouts could possibly consist of.
So I leave you with these 10 things to consider…
1. Have you ever walked 36 holes in one day carrying your golf bag of 14 clubs?
2. How about just 18? On a sunny August day when it’s 100 degrees and it’s a hilly course.
3. If being strong makes you hit the ball further, how would working out not help?
4. How many hours can you focus on a task? A basketball, football or baseball game lasts an estimated 3 hours. Well golf, a round is fast if it’s finished in 4 hours. And a 36 hole college tournament? Easily 9 hours competing.
5. You have to play in all types of weather elements. It might be 35 degrees when you tee off at 8 a.m. Bring on the pants, ear muffs, jackets and hand warmers. Then, by 1 p.m. be 70 degrees. Time to undress! Or, a shower might pass by and you have to haul out your umbrella, rain gloves, jacket, rain pants and rain cover for your bag.
6. You have to be good at math. 5 yards into the wind. 10 yards uphill. 20 yards in front of the 150 yrd marker. Pin is -8 from center. What club do you hit?
7. Have you ever counted every shot you hit? And that includes following the rules and taking proper drops from water hazards and out-of-bounds. Now what did you shoot?
8. There’s 14 clubs in your bag, and the best players in the world could hit any of them for any shot.
9. There’s so many aspects to practice…chipping, putting, pitching, driving, irons, sand shots, fairway bunkers, bad lies, punch shots, flop shots, low irons, high irons, woods, short putts, lag putts…the list goes on and on. There’s just not enough time in the day!
10. You get to playing good, then you hit a bad shot. You step up to a hole with a water hazard all along the right hand side and you’ve been slicing it all day. You are 3-under par and just want to break 70. It’s all mental. And it’s been proven that golf is one of the more mentally challenging sports.
So, the next time you’re wondering if golf is a sport, go out there and try to play competitively. I guarantee you, it won’t be as easy as you thought.
“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” -Arnold Palmer