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Is golf a sport?

bkelley211
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1/31/2010 5:50:52 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Besides the many different definitions, what's your gut instinct?

I've heard people argue that it isn't. I've heard other people suggest that Tiger Woods is the world's greatest athlete. Is it possible to be the world's greatest athlete without proving oneself in a sport?
comoncents
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1/31/2010 6:11:28 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/31/2010 5:50:52 PM, bkelley211 wrote:
Besides the many different definitions, what's your gut instinct?

I've heard people argue that it isn't. I've heard other people suggest that Tiger Woods is the world's greatest athlete. Is it possible to be the world's greatest athlete without proving oneself in a sport?

Of course. It is really fun to play. I like to watch it from time to time.
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1/31/2010 6:47:05 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/31/2010 6:12:10 PM, wonderwoman wrote:
yes just as much a sport as Tennis

I would classify golf as a competitive activity, not a sport.

Wonderwoman, the vibe that I get from your post is that you don't really consider golf a sport and therefore don't consider tennis a sport. If this is not the case then whatever, but if it is the case clarify.
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1/31/2010 6:52:32 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/31/2010 6:47:05 PM, Korashk wrote:
At 1/31/2010 6:12:10 PM, wonderwoman wrote:
yes just as much a sport as Tennis

I would classify golf as a competitive activity, not a sport.

Wonderwoman, the vibe that I get from your post is that you don't really consider golf a sport and therefore don't consider tennis a sport. If this is not the case then whatever, but if it is the case clarify.

Golf = game

Tennis= sport (ping pong= game)

Basically, if it requires you to wear sneakers, I'd say it's a sport.
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bkelley211
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1/31/2010 9:34:49 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/31/2010 6:52:32 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
Golf = game

Tennis= sport (ping pong= game)

Basically, if it requires you to wear sneakers, I'd say it's a sport.

I agree with your assessment of golf and tennis. I'm not sure what my exact criteria would be to classify a sport--maybe include sweating, running, being paid, direct competition, etc. Anyway, it would somehow exclude pooping.
J.Kenyon
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1/31/2010 9:50:03 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/31/2010 9:34:49 PM, bkelley211 wrote:
At 1/31/2010 6:52:32 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
Golf = game

Tennis= sport (ping pong= game)

Basically, if it requires you to wear sneakers, I'd say it's a sport.

I agree with your assessment of golf and tennis. I'm not sure what my exact criteria would be to classify a sport--maybe include sweating, running, being paid, direct competition, etc. Anyway, it would somehow exclude pooping.

And prostitution.
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1/31/2010 10:36:44 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Golf is about as much of a sport as pool or frisbee. I'm sure it qualifies under some definitions of the word, but I wouldn't call it one.
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Alex
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1/31/2010 10:53:21 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I hate these topics, yes golf is a sport. Fast paced/slow paced, boring/exciting whatever, yes it's a sport case closed.
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Alex
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2/1/2010 12:14:02 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/31/2010 10:56:36 PM, Maikuru wrote:
Alex has spoken, guys. Let's move on.

Darn right. :)
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mattrodstrom
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2/1/2010 3:36:20 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/31/2010 10:46:43 PM, wonderwoman wrote:
Ping Pong is as much as sport as Water Polo

have you ever seen water polo??

Boring as hell but I know I could prolly play for about 5 minutes.

Those are quite the sneakers they wear.
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bkelley211
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2/1/2010 9:09:41 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 2/1/2010 3:36:20 AM, mattrodstrom wrote:
At 1/31/2010 10:46:43 PM, wonderwoman wrote:
Ping Pong is as much as sport as Water Polo

have you ever seen water polo??

Boring as hell but I know I could prolly play for about 5 minutes.

Those are quite the sneakers they wear.

Water polo is very physical--a lot of grabbing and pushing, especially underneath the water. Yes, dudes in speedos grabbing each other underneath the water.

If swimming is a sport, it seems water polo should be, since it adds many other components. Yet, I don't consider ping-pong a sport, but rather a game. Both are in the Olympics though; there are several competitive Olympic events that I would not consider a sport--synchronized swimming, synchronized diving, and curling (though I love to watch it).