Originally Posted by telerod15
"Taking up golf is admitting that your athletic life is over."
I have played for 56 years and still walk and carry and have a 6 handicap. While past my prime, I am still a capable athlete given my age and have played many competitive sports as a child and young man. They included baseball, basketball, tennis, skiing, football, softball, tennis, swimming, water skiing, and golf.
Golf was the most difficult of all and the most elusive to be consistent over time.
Todays top pros are increasingly following strict athletic training and their performance (as far as hitting the ball) shows it. Tiger has always done it and VJ discovered it and look at what he has done...and he is in his 40s. The golfers who are not training are being left in the dust. This was something that I figured out as a kid....being in shape helped my golf game tremendously in distance, stamina, and concentration (because I did not become fatigued easily).
In my experience, basketball required the most pure athleticism and endurance of any of the sports I played but did not have the mental side that golf does.
Anyway, I enjoy both skiing and golf because each offers something completely different for the participant.