Golf and Athleticism

I was a bit surprised by the comment the other day that the golf swing is not an athletic skill. I have to disagree – it is a very demanding closed athletic skill. Just because it is a closed skill doesn’t mean it is not athletic. If that were the case shot, archery and similar activities would not be athletic. I am definitely not a golfer, never played the game. (I do think golf courses are great places to run.) I have always been fascinated by golf and its physical and skill demands. The demands are intricate, just like any skill it can be trained. What does seem funny to me is that with all the knowledge of biomechanics that there is still so much “opinion’ in regard to the golf swing. It seems to me that based on biomechanics there are certain absolutes that must be achieved to have an effective golf swing.


At 8/16/07, 1:02 PM, Blogger Joe P. said...


At 8/16/07, 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it is because chainsmokers and beer guts can do ok on the tour but could never get on the field for other sports.

Mark Day

At 8/16/07, 1:18 PM, Blogger Joe P. said...

I'll tell you where the misconception of the golf swing is coming from. The sport is quickly becoming nothing more than an excuse for guys to get away from there wives. You can easily turn it into a two day fiasco by camping out in the parking lot the night before to be sure you get a good T-off time in the A.M. In fact, just taking a look at the golf equipment stocks is good indication the sport is not growing, despite all the multimillion $$ endorsement deals. Athletic development runs contradictory to a cooler full of beer.

At 8/16/07, 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you consider John Daly an athlete then?


At 8/16/07, 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every sport has their John Daly.



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