Is Golf Really A Sport?

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#1 PSP107
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The reason i ask this because a few yrs back on a ESPN radio show, this subject came up. And i agreed with the host. Golf is not a sport while Nascar driver doesnt make them athletes.

Also state if the following are sports

Gymanastics

Chess

Poker

Competive Video Games

Swimming

feel free to add

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#2 Nifty_Shark
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videogames and poker would not be considered sports to me. Chess... that depends I could be swayed either way. Golf? Yeah it's a sport.
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#3 suz437
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Of course its a sport, its competitive and depending on how you play it can be physical.

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#4 topgunmv
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If it's competitive and takes talent then it's a sport.

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The reason i ask this because a few yrs back on a ESPN radio show, this subject came up. And i agreed with the host. Golf is not a sport while Nascar driver doesnt make them athletes.

Also state if the following are sports

Gymanastics

Chess

Poker

Competive Video Games

Swimming

feel free to add

.PSP107

Some people feel only popular team sports like baseball and football are "sports". I think anything that requires you to be athletic is a sport. So I'd say golf is a sport.

As for the list, in this order

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

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#6 Pirate700
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As someone who plays it, poorly, yes it is.

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#7 kidsmelly
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Out of those, gymnastics and swimming is a sport because you have to be in good shape to do those. Gymnastics is more a subjective judging sport but those gymnast are in tip top shape.

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#8 drj077
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Try walking 18 holes in the morning on a hilly course in the middle of August when it's over 100 degrees outside by noon without a cart. Then, go back and do it all over again in the afternoon while shooting close to even par. Again, without a cart and carrying your bag. Then, come back and tell me it's not a sport.

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#9 Bloodseeker23
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Golf is a sport, you think it's easy to swing a golf like Tigah Wood? think again.
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#10 CrimzonTide
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It's competitive, takes physical skill and is very, very difficult. It's quite obviously a sport. No real room for interpretation there.
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#11 topgunmv
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Try walking 18 holes in the morning on a hilly course in the middle of August when it's over 100 degrees outside by noon without a cart. Then, go back and do it all over again in the afternoon while shooting close to even par. Again, without a cart and carrying your bag. Then, come back and tell me it's not a sport.

drj077

Even though I agree that it's a sport, that's a poor line of reasoning to follow. "Walking with a heavy bag when it's hot" is nothing compared to the conditioning that say football players have to go through.

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No. /thread ;) [spoiler] I'd call it a game, not a sport... [/spoiler]
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#13 BubbaRay12
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It most definately is...and yes the WWE is a sport lol

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#14 walkingdream
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It most definately is...and yes the WWE is a sport lol

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lol
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#15 topgunmv
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It most definately is...and yes the WWE is a sport lol

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WWE results are pre-determined, therefore it's a performance more than anything.

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#16 -DirtySanchez-
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look up the word sport, does golf fit the deffinition of sport? ok then
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Golf is definitely a sport. It's not as strenuous as soccer or football but it's still a sport. Gymnastics - yes Chess - no Poker - no Competitive Video Games - no Swimming - yes But even though some things aren't sports doesn't mean they don't require a great deal of skill.
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#18 PSP107
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No. /thread ;) [spoiler] I'd call it a game, not a sport... [/spoiler] cell_dweller
100% agree. It's a game, not a sport
It's competitive, takes physical skill and is very, very difficult. It's quite obviously a sport. No real room for interpretation there.CrimzonTide
it doesnt take physcial skills to a hit a golf ball, alot of 100 yr olds can hit a golf ball.
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#19 PSP107
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[QUOTE="topgunmv"]

[QUOTE="BubbaRay12"]

It most definately is...and yes the WWE is a sport lol

WWE results are pre-determined, therefore it's a performance more than anything.

WWE might be fake but it involves sports activity.
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#20 btaylor2404
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If you've played Golf you'd think it is. Takes stamina and tons of skill. Out of your list I'd say gymnastics and swimming. I think to be a sport you need to have physical exertion.

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#21 Senor_Kami
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It's a sport. It's probably the least physically demanding of all sports, but it's a sport.
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#22 ArmoredCore55
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[QUOTE="PSP107"]Chess Poker Competive Video Games

I don't consider those sports, they're more like games to me. Golf is a sport, though.
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#23 topgunmv
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[QUOTE="topgunmv"]

[QUOTE="BubbaRay12"]

It most definately is...and yes the WWE is a sport lol

PSP107

WWE results are pre-determined, therefore it's a performance more than anything.

WWE might be fake but it involves sports activity.

When the Harlem globetrotters perform it involves sports activity. It's still a performance.

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#24 bluezy
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Yes it is. Along with swimming and gymnastics. "A sport is commonly defined as an organized, competitive, and skillful physical activity requiring commitment and fair play. It is governed by a set of rules or customs. In a sport the key factors are the physical capabilities and skills of the competitor when determining the outcome (winning or losing)."
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#25 PSP107
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If you've played Golf you'd think it is. Takes stamina and tons of skill. Out of your list I'd say gymnastics and swimming. I think to be a sport you need to have physical exertion.

btaylor2404
Golfers get tired?
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#26 PSP107
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[QUOTE="topgunmv"]

[QUOTE="PSP107"][QUOTE="topgunmv"]

WWE results are pre-determined, therefore it's a performance more than anything.

WWE might be fake but it involves sports activity.

When the Harlem globetrotters perform it involves sports activity. It's still a performance.

i never denied the performance aspect.
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#27 CBR600-RR
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Golf is difficult and takes lots of skill, one of the hardest sports there is.

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#28 RobboElRobbo
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I treat it as a game. Me and friends go to the golf course and chase each other on golf cars and run over other people's golf balls. I love it. :D

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#29 -Iconoclast-
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According to the definition of sport, it is. It's just not a spectator sport.

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#30 JC346
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Try walking 18 holes in the morning on a hilly course in the middle of August when it's over 100 degrees outside by noon without a cart. Then, go back and do it all over again in the afternoon while shooting close to even par. Again, without a cart and carrying your bag. Then, come back and tell me it's not a sport.

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Pretty much sums up my days of caddying.
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#31 XD4NTESINF3RNOX
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Yes,Yes,Yes,MLG yes,yes they're all considered sports at least too me
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#32 needled24-7
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The reason i ask this because a few yrs back on a ESPN radio show, this subject came up. And i agreed with the host. Golf is not a sport while Nascar driver doesnt make them athletes.

Also state if the following are sports

Gymanastics

Chess

Poker

Competive Video Games

Swimming

feel free to add

.PSP107

gymnastics - yes

chess - no

poker - no

video games - no

swimming - yes

golf - yes

nascar - yes

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#33 RobboElRobbo
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Yes,Yes,Yes,MLG yes,yes they're all considered sports at least too meXD4NTESINF3RNOX

MLG is such a joke. :lol:

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#34 PSP107
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Yes it is. Along with swimming and gymnastics. "A sport is commonly defined as an organized, competitive, and skillful physical activity requiring commitment and fair play. It is governed by a set of rules or customs. In a sport the key factors are the physical capabilities and skills of the competitor when determining the outcome (winning or losing)."bluezy
Alot of that can apply bowling
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#35 tim22000
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Anythings a sport if theres more than one person trying to do something before each other.

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If it is darts must be too..............
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#37 MagikarpSplash
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Yes, and probably the most difficult sport I've ever played.
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#38 Anti-Venom
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golf puts me to sleep
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There is a huge difference b/w skill and athletic ability

Askilllis something you can acquire/refine over time
-yes, natural ability helps...it can make acquiring said skill easier and make it happen faster
-but skills are still something that can be aquired by most people

Athletic Ability is something that comes (for the most part) naturally
-now you need to have the proper muscle development to make sure your natural athletic ability (or lack there of) comes out
-but it still more genetic than environmental

An easier way to explain it is this;
If I practiced Golf everyday from the time I was 10 till now, I could play on the PGA tour...I could acquire that skill
-I may not ever be the number one player in the world...but I could still make the tour...Golf (for the most part) is an acquired skill
BUT
If I practiced everyday for the same period of time, there is no way I could make the NBA
-yes, it still requires a great deal of skill (shooting)...but it still requires a lot more athletic ability to play on that level

Also state if the following are sports

Golf

No...90% acquired skill

Nascar

No...same as above

Gymanastics

Yes...maybe the MOST dependent on genetics and natural ability

Chess

No...50% skill and 50% IQ...0% athletic ability

Poker

No..same as chess

Competive Video Games

No...70% skill, 20% IQ, and 10% ability(move fingers quickly enough)

Swimming

Yes...70% ability 30% skill
(I could NEVER make the Olympics no matter how much I practiced)

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#40 bluezy
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[QUOTE="bluezy"]Yes it is. Along with swimming and gymnastics. "A sport is commonly defined as an organized, competitive, and skillful physical activity requiring commitment and fair play. It is governed by a set of rules or customs. In a sport the key factors are the physical capabilities and skills of the competitor when determining the outcome (winning or losing)."PSP107
Alot of that can apply bowling

And I would consider bowling a sport. For school I broke things down for a presentation on defining sports. I broke things down into categories: team/spectator sports, measurable athletic competitions, judged athletic competitions and other/misc. This way, things like figure skating are considered sports, but not on the same comparable level as, say, hockey.
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#41 AntsInThePants
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tiger get more exerzize off the golf course
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#42 btaylor2404
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[QUOTE="btaylor2404"]

If you've played Golf you'd think it is. Takes stamina and tons of skill. Out of your list I'd say gymnastics and swimming. I think to be a sport you need to have physical exertion.

PSP107

Golfers get tired?

Sure, when it's hot, your walking several miles (I think my local course is just under 4 miles total, about average) with a huge bag on your back up and down hills. Add the fact it's so damn frustrating for 99% of us and sometimes I'd rather just mow the yard than go play golf.

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#43 pierst179
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Yes, for the same reason why motorsports is a sport (that sounded redundant). Both take skill and physical preparation in order to be mastered. As for the others you listed:

Gymnastics - Yes
Chess - No
Poker - No
Competive Video Games - No
Swimming - Yes

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#44 PSP107
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golf puts me to sleepAnti-Venom
*laughs* That line made me wish i saw your facial expression *laughs*

Anythings a sport if theres more than one person trying to do something before each other.

tim22000
I like to see an example of that description
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#45 Brainkiller05
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A lot of you guys need to go grab a dictionary and look up "sport"
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#46 rawsavon
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A lot of you guys need to go grab a dictionary and look up "sport" Brainkiller05

I thought this thread was created to get personal opinion on said events being a sport (or not)...not Webster's definition
-would be a very short thread if that was the case

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#47 Brainkiller05
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[QUOTE="Brainkiller05"]A lot of you guys need to go grab a dictionary and look up "sport" rawsavon

I thought this thread was created to get personal opinion on said events being a sport (or not)...not Webster's definition
-would be a very short thread if that was the case

It's not a matter of opinion, if something is a sport by the definition of sport then it's a sport.

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#48 MissLibrarian
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Personally I don't consider it a sport unless it includes fit men in shorts :)

So swimming and gymnastics - yes indeedy! Golf - sorry, nay.

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#49 rawsavon
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[QUOTE="rawsavon"]

[QUOTE="Brainkiller05"]A lot of you guys need to go grab a dictionary and look up "sport" Brainkiller05

I thought this thread was created to get personal opinion on said events being a sport (or not)...not Webster's definition
-would be a very short thread if that was the case

It's not a matter of opinion, if something is a sport by the definition of sport then it's a sport.

With nothing left open for conversation/debate
Boring...thread is now boring

/Thread I guess

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yes