“Golf is 20 percent mechanics and technique. The other 80 percent is philosophy, humour, tragedy, romance, melodrama, companionship, camaraderie, cussedness and conversation.” – Grantland Rice
By Ian Hardie
In the article Why do we play golf – part two? I blended some inspiration from an area of life that isn’t really very close to golf and combined it with a quote from one of the best golfers of all time to come up with a possible reason as to just why it is that so many millions of people around the world play golf.
You may recall that the first part of the inspiration came from an Australian chef called George Calombaris who is a frequent judge of the MasterChef Australia Competition (that’s him on the right of the image if you want to take a look here) and the second part came from Arnold Palmer (one of the greatest golfers of all time) who is known affectionately worldwide as ‘the King.’
As I watched a little part of one of the cooking shows he was judging, I noticed that George Calombaris was very passionately explaining to the contestants about the importance of how they ‘plate up’ their dish after they had done the cooking of it.
He was trying to get them to understand the importance of this by explaining that “When you plate up that’s your moment to appreciate your art”, which he then followed up with the statement that plating up the food “Is like an artist putting the paint on their canvas.”
But it was only when I recalled Arnold Palmer’s famous quote “What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.” that I was really able to put the two together and understand what I believe to be one of the fundamental reasons that you, me and millions of other golfers around the world play the game.
I’m pretty sure that we play it as a way to express ourselves.
Lets’ face it how else do you explain why it is that so many people around the world spend so much money and time – chasing a little white ball around a field!
By the way, that last bit above is a pretty common response that I have got from non-golfers over the years after they had found out that I played golf.
You may have heard something similar to that or this one below yourself.
“Golf! Why on earth would you want to waste your time hitting a little white ball round a field with a stick while wearing funny clothes?”
So today, I thought it might be a good idea to see what sort of answers that I can get to the question as to exactly why it is that you play golf as I figure now that there are so many different golfers from so many different countries around the world that read my articles of Golf Habits, that I might be able to get a pretty good picture.
Of just why it is that people around the world actually play golf.
To help with that I have created a simple little poll that’s titled Why do you play golf? that you can find here and I can guarantee, will take you less than a minute to do.
In fact to make it even easier for you, I’m going to outline the possible answers so that you are prepared when you go and do the poll, they are:
“For the exercise and fresh air”
“I enjoy the competitive aspects of the game”
“Simply for fun”
“I enjoy the personal challenge it provides”
“To get away from everyday life”
“I get to spend time with friends, family or workmates”
“I’m trying to become as good as I can be at the game”
“It’s the social aspect of it that I enjoy”
By the way, you are able to put down more than one reason in the poll if you want to.
Now, even though those eight possible answers above will (I think) cover almost anyone who does the poll, I’m guessing that there will some other reasons that I haven’t ever considered before.
So if you read the list above and don’t feel that any of them apply to you, feel free to use the “Other:” option to type in your answer – as I’m really looking forward to discovering reasons that people play golf, that I have never thought of.
If you have an extra 20 seconds, while you are on the Polls page of Golf Habits and you haven’t already answered the other poll that’s on there What best describes your nature? which was put up as an extension of the article Is golf a game for introverts or extroverts?
Please take the time to do that one as well.
Thanks in advance for doing those two quick polls and of course.
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