The biggest misconceptions about golf and why they are wrong

Golf is a very special game. Those of us who play it love this sport and almost everything about it. However, for those who look in from the outside, it is also a game shrouded in misconceptions.

Well, I’m here to talk about some of those myths and hopefully dispel some of the myths.

It’s an expensive game

Well golf can be an expensive sport but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re a Tottenham fan, the least you’ll pay for a season ticket is £807 – that won’t get you into FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Champions League matches – you have to pay extra for all of that. The football season runs from August to May. For £800 you’ll get a full year’s subscription to most golf clubs. You can play as many rounds as you want, and weather permitting, you can play all year round. For my way of thinking it represents good value for money. Equipment can be expensive – you could easily spend upwards of £2,000 on a set of clubs. However, there are many great used deals out there. You can easily get a decent set of clubs for under £500.

It is a game for the upper classes

Believe me – it is not! Yes, some of the wealthy golfers are members of clubs such as Sunningdale, Wentworth, and Muirfield. But the average club golfer is just your typical working man or woman. If you have any doubts about this, swing around a few golf clubs and look at the cars in the parking lot. And a trip to any municipal golf course anywhere in the UK will soon put your mind at ease. Golf is a game for everyone, regardless of their social standing.

It is a sport for men

Of course there was a time when this argument was valid. It’s a shame that many golf clubs have excluded women entirely and that many simply tolerate them. Fortunately, things have evolved and golf is now one of the most comprehensive sports in the world. You will still come across men who think that women have no place on the golf course, but that dinosaurs are present in all walks of life. Most men welcome female golfers. Most men enjoy playing golf with women. And those who do not have a place in our sport and b) do not really know what they are missing.

It’s an old man’s game

Golf is a game for men, women and children of all ages. The misconception about it being an old man’s game comes from the fact that as long as you have some type of movement, you can continue to play golf. And if you struggle to walk 18 holes, you can zip around the course on a buggy. This is definitely something to embrace and celebrate. Golf is a game for life. Just look at what Bernard Langer still achieved on the Tour of Champions in an era when most athletes have long been standing in front of the TV. The secret is to start playing this game at an early age – and then enjoy it for the rest of your life.

It’s full of stuffy shirts

Again, there may have been a time when this was true. But the G&T brigade has been largely relegated to the past, which is where they belong. More and more forward-thinking young people are driving the game forward – which is another thing to celebrate.

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It’s boring

Golf may be many things but boredom is not one of them. Have you ever seen Rory McIlroy hit a golf ball? Were you around when Tiger Woods arrived on the scene? Have you ever watched John Daly or read about his colorful lifestyle? Bresson Dechambeau – Boring? Have you ever wiped a drive? Have you ever caught a Fairway wood from the middle of a club? Have you ever hit an iron from the sweet spot, watching the ball fly through the air and reach inches from the hole? Have you ever hacked the field? Have you ever drained a brutal blow? Have you ever celebrated a great club run with like-minded people? boring? Bah! None of that.

The rules are complicated

This is a tricky game, but here’s my point – basically, golf is a very simple sport. You stand on the first tee, hit the ball, find it, hit it again, and keep doing this until the ball is no longer in the hole. This process is repeated 18 times. You need to know what to do if you hit a ball out of bounds or into a puddle. But, in general, it is as simple as hitting the ball and finding it. You will quickly learn the rules you need to know.


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