So a couple of days ago, my family had a discussion. Ok, maybe I just made a statement and the family started in on me. I don’t even remember how the conversation got going (isn’t that usually how it goes?). Anyway, the central theme of the conversation was what I thought was a sport and what I didn’t. I know I’m probably not going to be the most popular guy after saying it, but it started with golf.
I just don’t think that an activity, where a certain level of sustained effort (exertion) isn’t maintained for the majority of the time it takes for the activity, can be considered a sport. I am, by no means, knocking golf (or any number of other “activities” I could mention here but won’t to avoid any more backlash than what’s coming). I know plenty of people who love golf and play as much as they can. I just wouldn’t consider playing a round of golf to get my daily exercise. I could just simply take a walk instead.
What, you might ask, do I consider it? I consider it a game. A game that requires a lot of skill – serious skill. Skill that I have tried to acquire, but have accepted that I will never have.
Apparently this is an age-old debate.
- “Popular Science asked the question, Is Tiger Woods proof that golf is a sport, or is John Daly confirmation to the contrary?’ and determined that the answer ‘probably depends on whether you’ve got a set of clubs in the garage.'”
- Read More http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/blogs/local-knowledge/2012/05/is-golf-a-sport-and-the-answer-isit-depends.html#ixzz2rwcvlB5H