Golf is widely regarded as a snobbish non-sport. Although, this has changed slightly in recent years. As proof, you can see how Tiger Woods has become a major superstar for a few years as well as golf’s return to the Olympics.
In case you don’t know, golf was an Olympic sport in 1900 and 1904. Now, it has returned for the 2016 Rio Olympics and will be returning in 2020 to Tokyo.
But how does that benefit you? Apparently, a lot. So much so, there are many reasons why, if you have a chance, playing golf can be largely beneficial.
There is always a challenge
From your local mini golf course to the toughest terrains, golf can offer a challenge no matter whether you are you or Tiger Woods. Just like skiing or playing slots (that can you play here at different levels), golf is extremely beginner friendly but unlike skiing, you have a much lower chance of breaking your leg.
Never too late
If you are not in your best shape of your life, golf will take you on. It doesn’t mean, though, that you can get right from your couch to the golf course. You will need training. But given the fact that most golfers are at their peak performances at 40, 50 or even 60 years old, we say it’s never too late to start.
The Aura of business
Funnily enough, talk like this probably earned golf it’s snobbish reputation in the first place. But the fact is undeniable. People live golf because in between the moment of concentration, there are relatively long pauses to share your ideas and talk business.
That’s why poker will not be a business game ever, it’s too quiet. While pub games like billiards, darts or foosball simply are too alcohol-inviting.
While it’s always better to play with a partner due to the competitive edge, playing against your yesterday’s score is also a possibility. Besides, you need to practice.
Actually, it is not that uncommon to see someone practicing by themselves. Whether it’s for a competition, or just to stay in shape.
You are going to need it
Can you imagine if one day you boss would call you for a round of golf and you had to decline because you don’t know how to? There is no escaping the fact that rich people love golf and if you want to join this circle, you have to be there, too if you want that promotion or that corner office.
So, you better start practicing, Cowboy. You might need it soon.
It’s is obvious that ‘tough sport’ players will laugh at even a thought that golf is a sport. But the world is diverse. Some people play rugby, others compete at the poker table while we meet at the golf course. What’s important is that whatever you do, you have fun and, hopefully, get better every time you play.