Sports tend to be very entertaining and dynamic, right? For the most part, yes. Most sports have some sort of movement where the athlete has to either run and hit something with their feet, or run and hit something with their hands or rackets, mallets and other equipment.
Relatively stationary sports are not as entertaining, or at least, that is how most people feel. Then, when sports like golf are on the TV, they often switch and do not want to watch it, because it is the most boring sport in the world? Well, not exactly, golf can be entertaining, as well as exciting and here is why.
Golf Takes a Lot of Skill
Golf seems like something you could fall asleep watching, and it might be so for many people, particularly when golf commentators have a deep, soothing voice, which tends to happen more often than not. Their commentary is also slow and steady, as is the pace of the game.
While watching golf on TV might not be interesting for those who are new to the sport or prefer something with more aerobic exercise (football, basketball, tennis, even), it is a completely different experience to play golf.
Many people who have played golf have learned that it is not as easy as it looks. It is difficult and if you end up with the ball on your fairway, then you are doing great for a beginner.
It Takes More Mental Resilience than Most Sports
Golf, being as slow as it is, can take its toll on a player. Players take turns hitting the ball so you have plenty of time to ruminate on you hitting that ball really hard and missing the green by a lot. Given that a situation like this can be repeated 18 times, on an 18 hole course, things can get really frustrating really quickly.
New players can particularly suffer from this if they went in expecting to be good at the game. Golf takes a lot of patience and the ability to shrug off your past mistakes.
Golf Builds Bonds
Golf was always a very social sport, meaning that players, while competing, would actually spend more time socializing. There is plenty of time between shots, not to mention between holes, when players can talk to one another and share their experiences.
Not only that, but the frustration seems to be shared, as well as the joy of overcoming a difficult obstacle, not to mention hitting that miraculous hole in one. Sharing that experience with your opponents and soon to be friends is something of a miracle in itself.
You Versus Yourself
The course is there and the holes can be a challenge, but realistically speaking, you are the only one who needs to overcome it. Whether too strong of a shot or too weak, not enough slice or too much of it and you can end up with missing the green or even ending up in a lake.
Golf is a very personal experience, which is why everyone should try it prior to criticizing the sport as being one of the most boring ones.
Golf seems boring, particularly for those who are used to football and rugby. Try it out, however, and your opinion might change instantly.