At the risk of sounding like “that guy,” I’m going to go right ahead and say it. Golf is much, much more exciting than it looks.
Make no mistake, golf isn’t your average fast-paced sport where the excitement brews from the furor and frenzy of players trying desperately in vain to catch or wrest an object in fast flight. But just because people aren’t yelling and screaming doesn’t mean they aren’t at the edge of their seats. For those in the know, the presumed calmness of golf games is a deceptive serenity, and it all has to do with just how difficult golf can actually be.
The excitement from golf is derived from the tension that mounts as the pressures are factored in. Although the concept of the sport is simple (get the ball across rugged terrain using as few strokes as possible, never more than par), accomplishing this is a complex undertaking.
Among the many conditions that must be factored in include how strong the stroke needs to be, how much the wind can affect the trajectory of the ball, and which direction must the golfer hit the ball to make it fly across the course. All this adds incredible pressure on the golfer, who despite the pressure must remain calm to hit the ball correctly. The tension involved can ruin a swing.
The deadpan commentary and the seemingly calm faces of the spectators belie a protracted period of heart-stopping suspense, all banking on whether the golfer can achieve enough distance with each stroke to make it below par.
Thankfully, though, much of that tension is reserved for competitive players. There’s a lot less pressure when you’re playing for fun or just practicing. All that we have to worry about outside a tournament is to keep the strokes within par.