Why Golf Is Different, but the Same as Other Sports

Dan Gold
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I love my job as a sports nutritionist, especially during the golf season. Most people have a misconception that golfers don’t do much physical work. They think golf is just about driving the ball as far as you can, walking to the ball and hitting it. I call that the rocket science theory.

When Tiger Woods dominated golf, there was a lot of media attention on his training and nutritional programs. Many athletes began taking a closer look at his approach and some were surprised about how hard Tiger works. Tiger spends thousands of hours on his golf game. I’m guessing if you do the math, he easily picks up a club about 500 times a week, which is a lot of physical labor. (Read Tiger Woods’ work ethic secrets)

So to put things in perspective, Tiger Woods in his prime was doing the same volume of work as a professional athlete that practiced the same sport. But guess how much physical activity it took to put the ball in the hole? A little bit of walking and a short, yet precise swing. This made all the difference in his success.

That is just one example why golf is different, but it is an individual sport. Golf is a unique sport in which the outcome is entirely dependent on the performance of the individual.