Gofl is a Sport

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Golfing has been viewed for a long time as an old man’s game and the most common saying is that it is a long walk ruined. Many play golf on the weekends or while on vacation, and more have a set of clubs in the closet now home to many generations of household spiders. Even though it is popular and ridiculed as a sport, many have tried to play the game. Golf is a competitive sport requiring mastery of skills, physical and mental endurance and deserving of recognition as so. Golf is most certainly a sport based on the definition of sport: a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other (“Sport”, n.d.). Golf has been an organized sport for over 250 years and since 1952 the R.&A., which was named after the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, and the United States Golf Association have been jointly keeping the rules and regulations for the sport (“Rules and Amateur Status”, n.d.). These rules cover amateur and professional play on a worldwide level which include all aspects of the game including the equipment and playing field. The amount of time golf has had rules probably exceeds the amount of combined time many unquestionable sports have had rules. Thinking of sports one would envision a person exuding sweat and being temporarily unable to catch one’s breath. Golf initially doesn’t come to mind in that vision; however, playing golf professionally requires one to walk distances of over 6,300 yards (Kelley, n.d.). Playing non-professionally in a tournament usually requires one to walk those distances while carrying your own bag of 14 clubs and balls. Burning those calories walking, even with the pleasure of a golf cart, is estimated at 411 calo... ... middle of paper ... ...m http://bleacherreport.com/articles/734088-the-5-most-overweight-players-in-nfl-history/page/6 Nunley, K. (2013, October, 21). How many calories are burned while swimming? Livestrong.com. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/18842-many-calories-burned-swimming/ “Rules and Amateur Status” (n.d.). The R&A. Retrieved from http://www.randa.org/en/Rules-and-Amateur-Status.aspx Sport. (n.d.). In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sport Strege, J. (2012, May, 29). Is golf a sport? And the answer is … it depends. GolfDigest.com. Retrieved from http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/blogs/local-knowledge/2012/05/is-golf-a-sport-and-the-answer-isit-depends.html Zarda, B. (2009, January, 2). Is golf a sport? Popular Science. Retrieved from http://www.popsci.com/entertainment-amp-gaming/article/2009-01/golf-sport

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