Watching Golf...

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  1. Flashy

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    Okay, this is not a golf put down...i appreciate the difficulty and skill required to play golf, I also enjoy looking at the different courses as many are extremely cool, beautiful and majestic...the colors, water, locales are all rather interesting.

    I even enjoy the occasional trip to the driving range (perhaps once a year) and have always enjoyed a bit of mini golf, as well as online golf games...

    but as for the game itself, i cannot imagine spending that much time playing it, though i do understand how many people enjoy it so much...

    but, when it comes to golf on TV, my entire life, i have never found anything so boring...going back 30 years, i cannot recall watching more than 2 minutes before becoming intensely bored and changing the channel...

    but, i figured i have never given it a "fair chance" watching it...and in the past i have taken a few minutes to watch Tiger Woods play here and there...and that was about it.

    I think the camera angles and the info are all very good, and seeing everything in HD makes everything better, but i simply was not sure that it could hold my attention...

    So, this year, i tried to watch a bit more...i watched little bits of the Masters, British Open, US Open...but did not devote myself to it, as i did not have the time...

    but, from Thursday to Today, i have been very busy on the computer, doing things, so i am relatively "home bound"...since this is my first time when i could literally have no other excuse but to give golf the full, fair viewing try, i attempted it, starting on thursday...

    it is now sunday...i watched 4 hours yesterday, and have had it on for 3 hours so far today.

    Tiger is playing very well and is in a real dogfight...

    but i have to say...i have never been more bored watching a sports program in my whole life...i think i would rather watch the WNBA...which is probably only marginally less boring.


    i admire the skill it takes to play golf...but as for watching it on TV...

    i have to give it a major thumbs down, for extreme boredom.
     
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    The only golf game I have ever found entertaining to watch was day 4 of the US Open last year, it came down to an injured Tiger and Rocco Mediate. I think it ended in a double playoff with Woods taking the title. Other than that, it's a pretty boring sport to watch all the way through. HD has helped tremendously, but it's still pretty unamusing. What I don't get is the people who show up in person to watch these games...all I can say is "why?" Golf is one of those sports that I'd rather be playing than watching. Gentleman Only Ladies Forbidden ;)
     
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    I understand where you are coming from but I enjoy playing golf. Watching it on television is a great deal like porn for me...I rather be doing it than watching it.
     
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    why do you feel like you have to make yourself enjoy it... It's clear that you don't enjoy watching golf... no big deal.
     
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    well it is clear now...i was just unsure if i had missed something all these years, and felt it only fair to try watching it and give it a chance...now i know the answer :smile:
     
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    i can understand that...all my friends play and are addicted to it...i understand the love people have for it, it just never "connected" with me.

    i think there is alot to love about playing golf...watching it...not so much.

    my friend and his brother were playing in a tournament a few summers back...i went for moral support...i have had better times waiting for delayed flights at airports :mad:
     
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    this no name South Korean guy just beat Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship

    that last hole was exciting...i could have saved my self 9 hours and simply watched this last hole
     
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    I've played and enjoyed it but found it a bit slow for my liking. It takes a lot of skill and practice to play well, so hats off to those that can do that. But I never have liked it on TV.

    Give me Usain Bolt running 9.58 any day. :biggrin:
     
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    My dad used to play golf with his fellow pastor buddies. I remember when I was around 9 years old, looking at the putting irons thinking how oddly shaped they were.

    I have never had interest in golf, except for playing it on Wii. I suppose like most things in life golf is an acquired taste.
     
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    I can sit and watch it for a fair while, but as a golfer the attraction is in seeing how these guys use their incredible skills. It's a sort of admiration thing. And having been to The Open 4 times the attraction there is in seeing these guys in the flesh and actually standing beside Cabrera as he hits the ball so purely that you can hear it fizzing through the air for 200 yards. It's just so impressive and elegant.

    I wouldn't expect someone who has never played golf, or even has but not to a decent level, to enjoy watching it. Just like how I shouldn't be expected to find Baseball exciting to watch. (As an aside US golf coverage (or any sport for that matter) sucks, waaaay too many ads. So that won't help you feel involved either.)
     
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    I have known many golf players in my time and most of them are douchenozzles.

    Golf is everything that I hate about mankind.

    It is evil.
     
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    My dad plays golf, he's not a douchnozzle. (love the term, though)

    As a weekend golf orphan I carry an age old resentment of the game and I've always been bored to tears watching it with him on television. Grass, swing, sky, grass. Oooooh...Gack.

    I do echo chunderwonder in that I can understand why some find it interesting. For those actually involved in the sport they're studying how the pros choose to play the set-up and hazzards of different courses as well as taking note of club choice, stance, hand placement and swing to control ball placement. They've been there so they can relate to it.

    For the rest of us maybe it would be more interesting if they had the trailing lines like Fox had for hockey :rolleyes: or required the pros to wear traditional golf outfits like this.
     
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    i'm with Oh_Yeah on this one. golf is an acquired taste. not for everyone. i play the game and enjoy watching it on the tube. like alot of sports, nothing beats seeing it in person.
     
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