Brief Overview of Golf
Just in case you are unaware, golf is a game played on the turf which is otherwise known as a ‘course’ where a player hits balls with various clubs from a set of teeing grounds (starting points) into a series of holes on a course. Golf is an individual sport, and due to its nature, many people oftentimes regard it as a game and not a sport due to its nature of not requiring brutal strength, unlike some other sports. Its highly competitive nature makes it a legitimate sport, and it requires some attributes just like any other. Golf can be played by both genders regardless of age and ability, which is one of the things that make it a very enjoyable sport. There are numerous reasons to play golf, and regardless of why you engage in it, it’s always a great avenue for relaxation and stress management.
Just like any other sport, golf is a game that requires strong mental strength. One of the most important parts of any sport is the mental game. A mental game is almost as important as being physically strong. In some sports like football and basketball, the mental part is having the knowledge of the play, but in golf, it is knowing how to do the shot, doing what lies ahead, and blocking out what others have done. Famous golfer, Jack Nicklaus, once said, “You can win tournaments when you’re mechanical, but golf is a game of emotion and adjustment. If you’re not aware of what’s happening to your mind and your body when you’re playing, you’ll never be able to be the very best you can be.” This quote is stressing the importance of mental alertness in golf; you have to be at your absolute best each time you step out on a golf course to play to beat the game and/or your opponent.
The Benefits of Golf
All sports have their benefits and what motivates people to engage in them. Golf is a sport that is good for your health and most importantly your heart. Playing golf regularly can help you keep fit, improve the body muscle tone and build up endurance, it can also help you lose weight and burn excess body fat. Walking on a course can help your body burn a great number of calories. For example, by walking a round of golf of 18 holes three to five times a week, you’re building up your body for an optimal amount of endurance exercise which is good for your heart and you burn a large number of calories in the process. Other benefits of golf include strengthening your social and personal life. Playing golf can be a great way to keep in touch with friends, meet new people, and also network with your business associates. There is a strong sense of unity and collaboration when playing golf on a team, and players can find this mentality refreshing. Golfing on a team also creates a more easygoing and leisurely atmosphere to enjoy with their friends and families.
Why Golf is Regarded as a “Rich Person Sport”
It is evident that golf is one of the most expensive sports in the world to engage in, and mostly being associated with rich people. This analogy cannot be over-emphasized, because for starters, getting yourself prepared for the game of golf requires you to get some equipment like clubs, shoes, balls, carts, and bags and together with getting a membership card to the course. With all these, you might understand why maintaining a golf hobby can be too exorbitant for the average person who is not well-to-do. And, to get good at golf, you will need to take some lessons, which can be costly too, especially if you want a good coach. Due to the high costs of golf compared to other sports, golf has become associated with money and status.
On the contrary, golf can be played by people of average status also regardless of their financial strength, there are other ways to get involved more cheaply also. If you can get yourself ready at the initial stage of getting started to be a regular golfer with a budget-friendly package, either for leisure or relaxation, then you are on the right track. Golf is an enjoyable and incredibly fun sport that can be enjoyed by everyone interested in getting involved in it. The challenging part of getting started as a regular golfer often put many people off it with the mindset that the sport is mainly for rich people. It is known that golf doesn’t require much physical exertion like some other sports. And, it doesn’t require the players to be in top physical shape, this makes it an easy targeted sport for people who are well-to-do regardless of their age and physical shape to make golf their favorite sport.