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Watching paint dry is more fun than golf so ping pong being more fun than golf is not hard......of course you can make golf fun by pounding beers and smoking cigars while playing

 

 

Amen brother...you couldn't pay me money to play golf but I'm happy you like it

 

It's amazing how different strokes can be for different folks.  Honestly--there are only two things in life I'd rather do than golf--skiing and sex.

 

 

 

post #122 of 147

Anyone who doesnt think that golf is a sport needs to tune in to the Golf Channel and watch the first episode of The Haney Project featuring Charles Barkley.  This shows how just how difficult golf really is and displays how physically demanding it really is.  GOLF IS  A SPORT.....even if you dont like to play it.

post #123 of 147

Alas, a picture of a fat man sweating won't impress the golf is for pussies crowd. Neither will the 10 year old pics of a much thinner round mound of rebound.

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Youre completely missing the point of my post.

 

Regardless of how out of shape Charles is nowadays, it still shows how much hard work and dedication it takes to play the sport.  Pounding balls all day long takes a large toll on ones body.

 

You cant possibly tell me the Charles Barkley would have had a more physically demanding day skiing than he did at the range.

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Youre completely missing the point of my post.

 

Regardless of how out of shape Charles is nowadays, it still shows how much hard work and dedication it takes to play the sport.  Pounding balls all day long takes a large toll on ones body.

 

You cant possibly tell me the Charles Barkley would have had a more physically demanding day skiing than he did at the range.

 

The driving range is far more physically demanding than skiing.  I've skied from first chair to closing before.  I've never spent more than 3 hours at a driving range. 

post #126 of 147

Rush Limbaugh thinks politics is a sporting event.  Rush says wishing that the Arizona Cardinals will fail so his Pittsburgh Steelers will win the Superbowl is the same as wishing President Obama will fail. 

 

Everybody has a different opinion about what a sport is.    

 

 

post #127 of 147

I certainly wouldn't consider golf a sport. How is it any more of a sport than billiards? Both require great skill and concentration to master, but not any actual athleticism. In fact, the only potentially athletic exercise in golf is taken away by the golf cart. Maybe if you actually walked around the course, perhaps raced to the next hole on foot, it would merit a look for sport status. As it is though, driving around in a cart sipping scotch and knocking a ball off a tee is not a sport, imo. I think the only reason it gets credit as a sport and anyone thinks of it that way is because it's played outside.

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Youre completely missing the point of my post.


 

Ah tiger, you're completly missing my earlier posts in the thread. I'm one of the ones that has been arguing that golf is a sport and agreeing with Mike that the athleticism that can be utilized in golf is oft under rated. An argument that was raised earlier in the thread made the point that if fat men can play golf at the pro level, then it's not a sport. I'm not saying I agree with that point. I am saying that Sir Charles' flop sweat does not provide any new evidence that will convince the nay sayers.

 

Besides, it's TV! Everyone knows that the water on Chuckie's face came from opening a shook up beer can!

 

It just goes to show you that ... oh wait ... nobody is here to get their mind changed  ... never mind.

post #129 of 147

I still stick to my postulate that golf ceased to be a sport the day the US Supreme Court allowed Casey Weibring to use a cart while playing in the PGA Tour.

 

That said, I reconsidered somewhat when Woods played on a broken leg and torn knee 18 + extra holes without using a cart.

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sport–noun 1.an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.
 
- Dictionary.com 
 
Is arguing with a dictionary a sport?
post #131 of 147

 

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I certainly wouldn't consider golf a sport. How is it any more of a sport than billiards? Both require great skill and concentration to master, but not any actual athleticism. In fact, the only potentially athletic exercise in golf is taken away by the golf cart. Maybe if you actually walked around the course, perhaps raced to the next hole on foot, it would merit a look for sport status. As it is though, driving around in a cart sipping scotch and knocking a ball off a tee is not a sport, imo. I think the only reason it gets credit as a sport and anyone thinks of it that way is because it's played outside.

 

Golf is definitely more of a sport than billiards.  I don't think you have enough respect for golf, if you compare it with table games, like billiards.  To me, golf is kinda like being a pitcher in baseball.  It is strenuous in that it requires repetetive motions while holding your body in certain awkward positions.  In that sense, it's similar to bowling as well. 

post #132 of 147

Anybody else thinking about the scene from Big where Tom Hanks is arguing that playing video games is a sport because car racing is?

post #133 of 147

IMO, Golf is a leisure activity if take a golf cart. It's a sport if you walk the course. I'm quite fit, but I can feel the fatigue on the 18th tee.

post #134 of 147

The only golfer I know went to Wake Forest on a baseball scholarship and learned the sport that became his career while in college. He is an athlete and you are not.

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IMO, Golf is a leisure activity if take a golf cart. It's a sport if you walk the course. I'm quite fit, but I can feel the fatigue on the 18th tee.

I think I can agree with that. If you're out walking from hole to hole there's some form of athletic activity and not simply driving around and knocking a ball into a hole.
 

post #136 of 147

OK that's settled, how bout fishing?

post #137 of 147

Some people might argue that there's a small difference between drinking beer and throwing a stick of TNT into the water and skimming the carnage off the surface is a little different than fighting an 800 pound marlin for 6 hours.

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The driving range is far more physically demanding than skiing.  I've skied from first chair to closing before.  I've never spent more than 3 hours at a driving range. 

Either you need to ski better places, or get off the green / blue groomers, or take a break when at the range like you would on a lift.
 

 

Imagine how you'd be after three straight hours of skiing (off the green / blues). Might make a driving range look pretty pale in comparison .

post #139 of 147

You ride a chairlift!? Isn't that the same as riding a golf cart? Shame on you, leisure activity participant. Take up Bridge, I've heard there is someone on the IOC that is trying to get Bridge in the Olympics.

post #140 of 147

hmm, i can't believe people argue about whether or not golf is a sport.  That's all I have to say.


Edited by lady_Salina - 3/7/2009 at 05:33 am
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hmm, i can't believe people argue about whether or not golf is a sport.  That's all I have to say.

 

It's kind of a sport in itself, really. 

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It's kind of a sport in itself, really. 

 

 

I can't believe anyone thinks golf is more strenuous than skiing......the only explanation is that they must suck as bad at skiing as I do at golf

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I can't believe anyone thinks golf is more strenuous than skiing......the only explanation is that they must suck as bad at skiing as I do at golf

 

Okay, that is so true for so many it's funny.  You've seen me do my 15 practice swings each time I approach that little white ball?

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Either you need to ski better places, or get off the green / blue groomers, or take a break when at the range like you would on a lift.
 

 

Imagine how you'd be after three straight hours of skiing (off the green / blues). Might make a driving range look pretty pale in comparison .

 

My ski vacations usually are 5-6 days of skiing from 9am to 4pm, often without a lunch break (other than sandwiches on the lift).

 

And I'm skiing blacks/double blacks all day in Utah, sometimes in waist deep powder all day.

 

Yes--you can definitely ski more than 3 hours.  I have a hard time spending more than 3 hours at the driving range--the repetetive motion of swinging over and over again gets me pretty tired.  (Although I hit balls at a pretty fast pace--in 3 hours, I can hit almost 400 balls)

post #145 of 147

Intriguing thread....

 

I've won three NASTAR age group titles in snowboarding and one in skiing but I consider golf the more difficult sport to master.  I play to a single digit handicap and have won a couple club championships but find the "perfect swing" more elusive than the "perfect GS turn". 

 

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I definitely consider golf a sport.

post #146 of 147

 

Patmoore - I had the same reaction to this thread..intriguing!  
 
The main focus of debating skiing vs. golf as sports misses the entire point.  Skiing and Golf are both recreational sports.   To be exceptional at either you must be an athlete.   You can ski gracefully and not be an athlete, just as Joe six-pack fat ass can puke on the tee while shooting 110 at the public muni course.  To be at the top or golf or skiing you have to be an exceptional athlete period.  Athletes participate in sports. 
 
For those on this thread debating that great golfers are not athletes are completely ignorant.   Tiger Woods is too easy to support my argument, so let’s look at John Daly.   He smokes, drinks, eats junk food and is one severely depressed dude, but he has more athletic talent than most people on this planet.   He handicaps himself with loads of physical and emotional baggage and still he is one of the great ball strikers.    I’ve seen him from 5 feet away teeing off, the force is incredible; there are only a dozen people on the planet that can do it.
 
Striking a golf ball correctly, with precision and force is one of the hardest things in sports to do. It may look like a static repeated motion, but it’s an athletic strike just like hitting a baseball, tennis ball or making a shot in hockey. I would argue because it not a spontaneous shot like tennis, or skiing a gate…it’s more difficult because you have no movement or momentum to work from. Now try doing that with 5000 people watching you at number 18 at Augusta.
 
Skiing and Golf at a high level take concentration with natural and athletic ability. However there is no doubt that skiers require greater fitness.   Not having fitness hurt Daly’s longevity and career no doubt, but he is a great athlete.
 

I’m lucky to be athletic and coordinated and will continue to excel at the two SPORTS I love the most skiing and golf.  For those of you don’t think golf is a sport it’s hopeless to debate you, because you simply have an outsiders view. For us athletes that play the game well, a good round or just a single well executed shot, is just as blissful as untracked powder. To bad too..because the core strength you need for both complement well to stay in shape all year long.

 

 

post #147 of 147

TVorhies - great point everything i was thinking just put into words even better than i could!

 

I am a pretty good skier and a 6 handicap golfer. Skiing bumps, trees, steeps, powder, etc takes a ton of talent and strength that only a few of the recreational skiers can do. However skiing down a green circle groomer doesn’t take much athletic ability. Just as going on the golf course and slapping a ball all over the place with no control really doesn’t take much ability either.

 

I think it really comes down to how you play that SPORT because the fact is both are unarguably SPORTS!!

 

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