Stereotypes about golf and golfers

Over the years, so many stereotypes about golf and in general golfers were formed and spread widely in American culture. In this post, i wanted to address that briefly, and debunk some of them, while adding few of the stereotypes about things and people i’ve noticed on golf course.

 First, and major stereotype is that golf is only for rich. But i have to agree, from the outside, golf has very expensive-ish feeling. It is the sport that executives and presidents play, after all. It is true that playing golf with someone is good way to get closer to influential people in your industry, but playing golf is way more than that. I also see it as very good way to connect with anyone, from your distant relatives to your son. It certainly has helped me a lot to get along with my father in law. When he first saw me, due to some misunderstandings on both our parts, he didn’t have good impression of me, but then i discovered that he played golf and everything changed. We bonded over our love for golf and now are golf buddies.

 Second is not the single stereotype, but overall stereotype of a golfer – rich, retired, overweight guys who only play the sport because it’s the least demanding of all. But if you’ve been to golf course at least couple of times, you would notice that a lot of people choose to be more active now. That can be done by walking on the golf course, instead of driving cart. You also have to exercise your arm to perfect your swing. It’s not power exercise though, as perfecting your swing is more about skill than strength. And yes, there are some golfers who like to show off their wealth, but i doubt anyone spends thousands of dollars solely for that reason. I see it as a nice perk, rather than sole motivation for buying those clubs. The clubs themselves are really good, and often improve their game dramatically. Plus, if it wasn’t for those guys, i wouldn’t be able to find any nice beginner’s golf irons for half the price when i buy them used.

  And now let’s talk about the stereotypes that i’ve formed during my times on the golf course. There is always this one guy who finds everything wrong with your equipment. Whenever they have a bad shot or something, it’s always because of cheap golf balls or bad driver, or something like that. It’s never because of their incompetence, and that gets pretty annoying, so i don’t hang out with those dudes anymore.

 And there are guys who like to teach you, even though you didn’t ask for it. They’ll come over and give you lecture on how you’re supposed to hit the ball, even though they aren’t very good themselves. It just gets plain annoying. Anyway, that’s it for today, i hope you enjoyed it, bye till next time.

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