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Golf is the most mentally challenging sport

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Started: 6/12/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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blinn07

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Golf is the most mentally challenging sport
Debate Round No. 1
blinn07

Pro

Physicality aside - a round of golf will cause more mental fatigue than most (if not all) sports. Reasons include:

- the decisions throughout a round of golf are extremely complex
- in order to succeed, a high level of CONSTANT focus is required (in most sports - especially team sports - focus is only intermittent)
- most sports rely on instinctual reactions/muscle memory as a form of decision-making
- golf requires a longer decision-making process which is entirely based on achieving a particular state of mind (confident visualization)
- this constant effort to achieve and maintain a state of mind is more mentally demanding - especially with regard to team sports which require only intermittent focus
- personal accountability (not a team sport so there is no one sharing the responsibility of succeeding)
Mikal

Con

Resolution - Golf is the most mentally challenging sport

Note : This is not one of the most mentally challenging sport but the most.

There are a lot of things that contribute to what is mentally challenging. When we are saying mentally challenging in this type of debate, it is to be inferred as on balance. Meaning in general golf is the most mentally challenging sport. While I think Golf is one of the most skillful sports, I do not think it is one of the most mentally challenging ones.

I will argue in favor of Chess

Chess is a sport

It is even recognized as a sport by the Olympics [1]

Reasons chest is more difficult

It makes you think minuets and moves in advance. While golf requires you to be skilled and have precision, chess requires you just not think about the current move you are making but moves you have to make in the future. A move you make at the present turn can cause a butterfly effect for moves in later turns. It is all strategy and planning, making yourself think ahead and trying to bait your adversary into moves that could be turns in length.

Chess all requires the knowledge of multiple roles and how to play them well. Each pieces has a certain way in which it is to be used, and knowing how to use the pieces, knowing how your opponent will use the pieces, and trying to figure out the best way to use them is mentally challenging as well.

People even use chess as a way to improve their mental capacities. While it can improve their chess game chess also helps some people improve their mentally ability in other areas. It is often used as a training tool, and has been used in history for the same reasons [2].

It has been primarily used throughout history in military education and teaching people to read their opponents actions and moves. [3]

While golf has its mentally challenging moments, it is no where near as mentally challenging as chess

[1] http://www.olympic.org...
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org...
[3] http://uni-nke.hu...
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