The new year is upon us and I haven’t blogged for awhile, so with winter really here this year in the Burg, I thought it might be time to put a few thoughts down and update what’s happening, since the last blog, about 2 month ago. The holidays were great as I went out to San Diego to see the grand kids and Christmas morning with 3 kids, ages 10, 8, and almost 3 is priceless. I finished off the golf season around the 9th of December and really never did much the rest of the year. Once the handicap season was over, I tried various experiments and none really amounted to much success. The weather has been normal you might say and it looks like winter golf will be at a minimum this year, when compared with last year when I had played 10 rounds before March 1. For me this is a good thing right now, because it is allowing some nagging injuries to hopefully heal up to 100%. I have been reading a lot over these last 2 months more than I usually do, which is a lot, and it is very difficult to read and write at the same time. What have I been reading ? Brain books baby brain books.
What I would like to write about today is watching golf on TV. There are a lot of people out there, golfers and non golfers alike, who don’t like to watch golf on TV, and really don’t understand why anybody would want to watch golf on TV. We golf tournament watchers have to defend why we watch this game that, according to the non watchers, is slow and boring and you can’t see where the ball is going, etc. etc. We, who watch golf, talk about the scenery and following the super stars who play the game. Here is one reason that I watch golf on TV, that you may find unique, but it may get non golfers to watch the sport. It is to see human ineptitude at it’s highest level. Let me explain. There are only 150 golfers that can play in a PGA tour event each week. That can also be the subject of another blog on why that is. Just think, if other sports only had 150 to 250 players at the highest level. There would only be 6 football teams in the NFL, 6 Baseball teams in MLB, 8 Hockey teams in the NHL and 12 basketball teams in the NBA. The quality of play would improve dramatically in all of those sports. There would only be 6 NFL quarterbacks. Every week would almost be like watching an all star game but they would be playing for real. You could say this about every Major league sport. Golf is considered a world sport but still only 150 people are allowed to play at the top level on the PGA tour. Despite such small numbers you see shots and mistakes that the average player makes everyday. It would be like Tom Brady throwing 3 consecutive passes to the referees. Not throwing interceptions, just throwing the ball to the refs. It would be like watching Bryce Harper strike out 27 straight times or dropping 3 straight routine fly balls. That is how bad some putts and chips and bunker shots are on the PGA tour. I do not know the reason for these horrible shots. People like to blame this on pressure but come on. I can see missing a 6 foot putt to win or tie a tournament but an 18 inch putt. Some full shots are really bad also. Drives going into people’s yards, irons missed way left or right and pitch shots in the middle of the fairway hit fat and go only 20 to 40 yards. Remember were talking about 150 people here, that are allowed to play. It’s not that tough, really, is it. The toughest thing in sports is hitting a baseball and getting a hit. Compare that to making an 18 inch putt. If you watch golf you will see an 18 to 24 inch putt missed in every round. You’ll see a green side bunker shot skulled over the green. I could go on and on and it doesn’t make any difference if it is the first round or the final round you will see ineptness at the highest level. So the next time someone bugs you about watching golf, tell them you don’t know what you’re missing.
The blog will be popping up more often now, with some more great insights on this goofy game and when I find the answer you will be the first to know.
3 Replies to “The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answer”
I enjoy watching golf on TV for many reasons. The main reason is to see that miracle shot that wins the tournament. Every sport has these moments, but in golf, it appears to be more spectacular.
Vet, I too watch to see the catastrophic screw up by the best in the world because it humanizes the game in terms we can understand. Many years ago I was following Danny Edwards at the Kemper Open at Congressional. Danny pulled a drive into deep rough on a long par-4. I was right next to him as he pulled a five wood and cold topped it 10 feet. I loved it! But he walked right up to it and hit the same five wood from an equally poor lie to 5 feet and sunk the putt for a par. The difference between them and us. . .
You’re not going to operate on baby brains I hope. Anyway three bad shots out of an average 70 ain’t bad.