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Is Golf a Sport?

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  • +29 +108 -79 Hector Nov. 28, 2012
    "Not only does it require physical exertion, it requires the golfer to determine how hard or soft he needs to swing the club to hit the ball the proper distance. It also requires a lot of dexterity and muscle memory. It is very difficult to hit a golf ball in the exact direction you need to hit it."
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    • -6 +1 -7 david michael Jun. 2, 2015
      "That is a perfect description of a 'skill', learning 'hand eye' coordination BUT there is no sporting prowess involved. Tell you what, try running at full speed between each hole THEN perhaps it would qualify as a 'sport' BECAUSE you would actually need to exert yourself rather than just strolling around unaided!"
    • -11 +3 -14 bob Mar. 27, 2013
      "Look at baseball a good hitter can make the ball go where they want. Also golf is Not a sport because You are not that active and it is defined in the dicanary as a game not a sport. You dtill have a good point though."
  • +16 +30 -14 Francisco Jan. 26, 2016
    "Golf is a sport because it requires 17 different muscles just so you can hit the gold ball. It also requires how hard or how slow your going to hit the ball so you can get it into the hole. For those who say it's only for old people, then go look at some golfers and not all of them will be old."
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    • +15 +15 0 Francisco Feb. 17, 2016
      "Mia, First of all.... your not my bro. Second of all smiling and laughing don't make you a athlete"
    • +12 +14 -2 Carlos Feb. 12, 2016
      "Everything he said is truth, so listen to this guy"
    • -12 +3 -15 Mia Billingsley Feb. 16, 2016
      "Fransico, bro stop you cannot argue with me you learned that in class you are saying smiling and laughing are sports then? Well that means I am a great athlete."
  • +11 +72 -61 Nate Nov. 7, 2012
    "The definition of a sport is as follows. "An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others." A argument cannot be made that golf does not involve physical exertion, and you DEFINITELY cannot argue that it requires no skill."
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    • +4 +4 0 Josh Feb. 3, 2014
      "Not to mention that you compete against others."
    • -11 +1 -12 Adam Mar. 27, 2013
      "Of course an argument can be made that golf does not involve physical exertion. The definition of physical exertion is as follows: "the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit." Let's see, pay a caddy to carry your bag and clubs, drive around the course in a golf cart, swing a club a few times, and "stretch" to pick up a ball a few times. Skill? Yes. Physical exertion? No. Golf is most certainly not a sport."
    • -11 +5 -16 tyler Nov. 7, 2012
      "so poker is a sport? fishing? chess? book reading? all these require physical exertion...not a lot..but some.. if you object to any of these being sports then golf also isn't a sport"
  • +6 +60 -54 Jack Oct. 24, 2012
    "I have golfed and I can tell you that it is definitely a sport. Even though many people argue that it requires no physical exertion, I sweat every time I play, and I am also a football player. Swinging a club over and over is not a joke, it is a sport"
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    • -4 0 -4 Mia Jan. 13, 2016
      "I am 12 and I did a full golf course and it required no effort at all."
    • -5 +2 -7 marc Apr. 11, 2013
      "you have to be kidding me. swinging the club over and over and over--what are you missing the ball or something?
      why are you sweating for? there is an hour of rest between each swing! how much time between every putt?

      there is more standing around in golf then there is any game in the world. cmon man."
  • +4 +14 -10 Caleb Nov. 10, 2015
    "Yes this is a sport. THE COURSE IS THE DEFENSE. Everyone who can't see that has obviously never played golf. Golf is classified as the toughest sport in the world- Mentally and Physically."
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  • +3 +15 -12 student in 5th grade Jan. 22, 2015
    "Golf is a sport without a doubt. Golf is a sport any way you look at it. To think that some idiots even consider that golf isn't a sport is sickening. Some people say it's not a sport if you can succeed while being overweight and smoking. Then look at baseball. There are many overweight great players (Big Papi, Prince Fielder) and most guys chew while playing. I wouldn't be surprised if these nut jobs think baseball isn't a sport. Then they say professional players ride in carts, but PGA players walk the entire course. It is beyond me on how people think golf isn't a sport."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Mia B. Jan. 12, 2017
    "People should think golf is a sport. Golf is in the Olympics. Golf takes precision and accuracy. It takes 17 muscles for only 1 swing."
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  • +2 +8 -6 bill Mar. 23, 2016
    "golf is fun"
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  • +2 +23 -21 R. Platte Jun. 4, 2013
    "With respect to the golf and the Olympics, it really doesn't matter whether golf is considered a sport or a game; they're called the Olympic Games not Olympic Sports. If the Olympic Committee only kept sports in the games, then archery, shooting, equestrian events, and the like would have to be eliminated. The spirit of the Olympics is individual and team competition, and believe me, golf has plenty of both types of competitiveness."
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  • +2 +25 -23 chuck Apr. 29, 2013
    "Have any of these naysayers walked 7000 yards carrying a 30 lb bag for 5 hours. The physical and mental toughness to play this far exceeds other Olympic sports (baseball, softball, archery, marksmanship). So let's get real."
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  • +2 +31 -29 Golf Apr. 25, 2013
    "Obviously it. If you said shot put is a sport, what some people say is that all you do is throw a medal ball. Golf is more than just a sport. You need ton of practice and skill to hit the ball. I remember my friend first playing golf, and he sucked really bad. Also if you say that golf is not a sport, ask other sports legends such as Michael Jordan, or Charles Barkley. They both play golf LOL"
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  • +2 +57 -55 Jacob Nov. 2, 2012
    "Golf is a sport because it takes strategy, persistence, and athleticism just like football, baseball, and basketball. If you don't think gold is a sport your crazy. If you think its just for old people you should know I'm a 14 year old kid"
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    • +4 +8 -4 Mitch Nov. 6, 2012
      "i thought we were talking about golf.......what is the sport of gold???"
    • +1 +2 -1 Mia Ruthfisher Jan. 20, 2016
      "Not even a little."
    • -1 +7 -8 Tyler Nov. 5, 2012
      "Yeah, it shows. Athleticism? not even a little bit."
    • -8 0 -8 Davis Jan. 13, 2013
      "Cool! I am 14 years old as well!"
  • +1 +1 0 Hensley Feb. 17, 2017
    "Golf would almost have to be included as a sport because of it being allowed in the Olympics. It wouldn't only get someone like Tiger Woods to possibly get the Olympics more viers but more people might go to the Olympics."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Daniel George Aug. 11, 2016
    "The fact that ''golf does not require defense against the player's opponent'' is a completely invalid argument. Many other sports do not require defence against the player's opponent, (e.g. Skiing, gymnastics, track and field, swimming, time trial cycling, etc.)"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Ed Aug. 6, 2016
    "Most of these reasons besides the one about defense could also be used about baseball. There are old and fat baseball players out there and they have admittedly been drinking and smoking in the dugout and clubhouse. Plus there isn't a ton of "physical activity" involved. So if golf isn't a sport than neither is baseball."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Gabby May. 11, 2016
    "Golf is a sport and here's why. Golf requires exertion. People who play a nine- hole course which is ( 2-25 miles) without a cart while carrying golf equipment burn 721 calories. Professional tournaments have four rounds of 18 holes. People that do sports usually have muscle use, and the golf swing uses at least 17 muscle groups. Golf falls under the purview of the athletic depart of colleges, professional mainstream media."
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  • +1 +3 -2 todd Apr. 18, 2016
    "Who sells golfing equipment? SPORTING goods stores, that's who. Not to wind everyone up on the CON side but, is auto racing a sport? No special skills required. Just gotta be able to drive. Can be fat and out of shape."
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  • +1 +32 -31 jimothy Apr. 29, 2013
    "Golf is as much an organized sport as tennis, swimming, or even table tennis is, and though it may not be to the level of basketball, or football, golf is undoubtedly a sport"
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  • 0 +1 -1 seth Jan. 19, 2017
    "clearly none of you have walked 18 holes in 95 degree weather . I bet most of you cons couldnt even swing a club, despite popular belief its not all rainbows and ponies, golf takes hours of hard work and dedication. yall are unbelievable"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Gavin Sep. 13, 2016
    "In Golf you have to do a lot of moving. You have to think about it a lot. Golf is professional sport."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Caleb blasingame Aug. 19, 2016
    "Golf is a sport and it is an athletic sport you must have strength to hit the ball with a minimum yardage of 200 yds each hole. As well in tournaments you must walk as carts are banned from tournaments. You must have prestien hand eye coordination to have an accurate stroke. So like football and baseball you must be strong,healthy,in shape, and have good hand eye coordination there for making it a sport. Also schools
    that have golf teams classifie golf as a sport"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Madison Apr. 13, 2016
    "Golf is a sport!
    Have you ever played golf? Well, if you have, I'm here to tell you why I think that golf is a sport.
    The first reason why I think that golf is a sport is because it meets the definition of sport. The definition of sport is a "physical activity engaged in for pleasure" and golf meets that.
    The second reason why u think that golf is a sport is because golf includes muscle use. Golf includes muscle use and concentration. Golf swinging includes 17 different muscle groups.
    The third reason is professional golfers are considered real athletes by mainstream media. The Associated press have named a golfer as its female athlete of the year 24 times.
    In conclusion, I think that golf should be considered a sport because it meets the definition of sport, it includes muscle use, and professional golfers are considered real athletes by mainstream media. What do you think?"
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  • 0 +14 -14 Katie Feb. 10, 2015
    "I would like to take all of the people that have written a con comment for a round of 18 holes in the blazing sun- no carts, caddies or breaks in between the 9th and 18th holes and see how each of you come out. And, for the record, there are many overweight baseball, basketball and football players. Did you even think of how much a basketball player is actually on the court playing? Yet golfers spend oftentimes more than five or six hours, and the average one of those players burns over 300 calories per hour. That is around 1,800 to 2,000 calories per round. How's that for unfit or not being physically exerting? Yes, disabled and unfit players may participate, but that is because this sport is not a bone jarring activity like running or jumping that could damage tissues. And for the person that said "It has been stated that in the past golf has never came up to be a sport and it should stay that way until some body else changes Americas idea of a sport:" That's what we are trying to do!"
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    • +1 +3 -2 Katie Apr. 9, 2015
      "Dear Smart guy, yes, in fact it does take about six hours to play a round of eighteen holes. That's only about 20 minites per hole, and with four players on each hole, that isn't very long at all. Six hours might even be conservative. So pick up on your math skills, use a bit of division perhaps? And our highschool team only takes a little bit longer than the pro's, so I would say we are doing pretty well over here."
    • 0 +2 -2 Smart Guy Apr. 9, 2015
      "due to your math, a round of golf takes over 6 hours to complete. I guess if you have not yet developed sufficient skills, it could take that long. :P"
  • 0 +22 -22 Sam Jan. 6, 2015
    "Golf is a sport due to the amount of skill and precision required to play it. Golf requires practice just like every other sport."
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    • 0 0 0 steve Jan. 23, 2017
      "it has to be exhausting and rigorous by definition."
    • 0 0 0 Jamal Kneegrow May. 20, 2015
  • 0 +23 -23 TGIF Dec. 12, 2014
    "For the people on the cin side, think about when football baseball, or even basketball wasn't a sport. During the 1920s, golf was one of the most popular sport in America and Great Britain. They didn't even care if it required "physical exertion" during that time. Also, you can sweat in golf, walking around a 4-8 mile course, in 90 degree weather. They can sweat from the pressure going on in their heads. For example, the golfer is 10 feet away from the hole and needs this putt for a birdie, and he/she wins the game. There are ALOT of people watching him/her hoping that he/she makes that putt. He/she probably doesn't want to let those people down."
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  • 0 +18 -18 al Apr. 15, 2014
    "Yes. People say the dance is not a sport but it is and so is golf."
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  • 0 +49 -49 Not Lucas Apr. 8, 2014
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    • -7 +2 -9 Vanessa Oct. 19, 2015
      "no it isn't"
  • 0 +24 -24 Jesse Aug. 23, 2013
    "Of course! If not take it off ESPN."
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  • 0 +37 -37 tyler Jan. 23, 2013
    "Even though golf is boring to watch, it is actually a very hard sport. You have to have good focus, good accuracy, and you HAVE to have patients. Golf is like any other sport, it has championships."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
      "So you HAVE to be a doctor to play golf, so you can have patients? I thought you needed patience"
  • 0 +42 -42 Davis Jan. 13, 2013
    "Golf seems simple. You hit a ball with a club, walk towards it, and hit it again. All of this until you get it into a little hole in the ground. But it isn't as easy as it looks. It requries skill,concentration, and a little bit of luck. This is the easiest sport to learn. But it is the hardest sport to master"
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    • +1 +1 0 golfisnotasport Dec. 2, 2014
      "you just talked about how hard gold is not that its a sport"
  • 0 +34 -34 Bobbi Nov. 19, 2012
    "Golf is most definitely a sport. It is physical activity and a offers a more challenging mentality than other sports."
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    • 0 0 0 david michael Jun. 3, 2015
      "Right so by your definition - so is gardening!!"
  • 0 +29 -29 Ian Nov. 15, 2012
    "It is a sport because it requires us to move, it has an objective, there are rules, and there is a large community that plays it."
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    • -1 0 -1 Bill Dec. 16, 2014
      "theres also a large community that plays world of warcraft."
  • -1 +1 -2 Gabe Dec. 12, 2016
    "golf is pretty neat"
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  • -1 +16 -17 N Dec. 12, 2014
    "Golf is the hardest sport ever to my knowledge. f*** tennis. this is a real mans sport"
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    • -1 +1 -2 david michael Jun. 3, 2015
      "Yes I agree - this is a real 'OLD' man's sport!"
  • -1 +14 -15 Lucas Beck Apr. 8, 2014
    ""Not only does it require physical exertion, it requires the golfer to determine how hard or soft he needs to swing the club to hit the ball the proper distance. It also requires a lot of dexterity and muscle memory. It is very difficult to hit a golf ball in the exact direction you need to hit it.""
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  • -1 +15 -16 Paul Gottlieb Nov. 25, 2013
    "Interesting that people don't recognize golf as a sport.
    As some have mentioned the fat slobs. Let's take the linemen who are grossly obese and only play perhaps 10 - 15 timed minutes of a game. Yet they are sportsmen! Are you kidding me?
    Anyone who has played rugby,soccer, football ,tennis etc as I have,and then take up golf realize how difficult this sport is.
    It demands hand eye co-ordination,perfect timing, great flexibility and endurance both mental and physical.
    Look at how many prosportsmen fail at this most demanding sport. I used to put it down but not any more. Try playing it all you Cons!"
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  • -1 +23 -24 patricia Nov. 15, 2013
    "if you count tennis and ping pong and swimming archey and walking a sport than golf is a sport damnn it!"
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  • -2 +2 -4 ko Feb. 8, 2016
    "golf is a sport. PERIOD."
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  • -2 +7 -9 clenon Apr. 16, 2015
    "Yes, golf is a sport because in the definition of sport, golf is use as the example."
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  • -2 +12 -14 Juan Oct. 15, 2014
    "what would it be if it's not a sport? A hobby? I think not. It's a sport kiddos."
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  • -2 +26 -28 Josh Boyd Jan. 29, 2013
    "yes I do think golf is a sport. If it wasn't a sport then why is Tiger Woods making millions off it?"
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  • -2 +31 -33 Kitty Noodle Jan. 16, 2013
    "" If you have ever gone to a Sports Authority, you could look around and perhaps find a corquet kit. A croquet kit! If that is in Sports Authority, then why can't golf? Game or sport, you can google it and 50/50 says its either a game or sport. It contains a ball and a goal."
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  • -2 +27 -29 Mitch Nov. 6, 2012
    "What Tyler said is completely untrue, you can't say golf requires little to no physical exertion, because its proven it does. This article says that on average a golfer who walks a 9 hole course burns 721 calories. How is that no physical exertion?

    Im not saying it requires an extreme amount of physical exertion, but it certainly requires some."
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    • +2 +4 -2 Mitch Nov. 8, 2012
      "Tyler, maybe if you looked up the definition of a sport, you would save yourself the embarrassment of being wrong.

      no working out is not a sport, and yes it requires physical exertion, but you are forgetting that a sport also has to have competition, and a winner needs to be declared.

      do they declare winners in PGA tournaments? absolutely"
    • -1 +2 -3 Tyler Nov. 7, 2012
      "so? working out requires exertion and is it considered a sport? no."
  • -2 +31 -33 John Faved Oct. 24, 2012
    "It is completely a sport due to its popularity worldwide. I play golf and I know many who play golf too. Swinging clubs for 13 years and they tell me golf is not a sport! Proposterous!"
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    • +1 +4 -3 Levi Nov. 8, 2012
      "Dear John Faved...
      With you saying "It is completely a sport due to its popularity worldwide. I play golf and I know many who play golf too. Swinging clubs for 13 years and they tell me golf is not a sport! Proposterous! " In that first sentence does that make beer a sport? Or even School a sport?"
  • -3 0 -3 rem Feb. 12, 2016
    "If the fact that golfers walk from hole to hole is the reason it isn't a sport, then why does the olympics have a speed walking event. Yes, they are walking as fast as they can, but they are still walking."
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  • -3 +1 -4 not your buzznes Feb. 3, 2016
    "how about CHEERLEADING is it a sport please reply back"
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  • -3 +2 -5 Lance Jan. 22, 2016
    "Golf yes is a sport if you don`t call its a sport than what is it its like upside down baseball with a hole. There are many fans and even though there may not be any teams its still classified in the dictionary under sport.Its unique and it requires others to be fit,stretch, and the physical exersion that comes with it."
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  • -3 0 -3 Calvani Jan. 21, 2016
    "[I]f you believe a sport requires eye-hand coordination, intense focus, stamina and a cut-throat sense of competition, you cannot help but call golf a sport.

    The hardest of them. If it isn't difficult, then why do so many, even the pros, have such a devil of a time hitting a ball straight that isn't moving? The last time I looked, golf doesn't throw high and tight sliders at you...

    Golf is much more physical than, say, softball or bowling, and you never hear those sports' legitimacy being questioned. Or at least you hear them questioned less often"
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  • -3 +4 -7 hi Oct. 30, 2015
    "yes it is you work on muscle and more. its like saying dance is not a sport or football..."
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  • -3 +5 -8 Jeremy Kimbrough Oct. 28, 2015
    "Alright, golf is definitely a sport. No other sport requires the mental concentration like golf does, and plus the average round of golf consists of carrying a 40-pound bag on your back for 7 miles in all types of conditions. And don't say it's just a leisurely activity for rich old white men, because I am a 17 year old black male that has been playing since the age of 5, and my average score is 74. Just saying... let's see the people that say golf is not a sport get out there and try it for a change."
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  • -3 +5 -8 Sam Oct. 14, 2015
    "Playing golf for 5 years, golf is characteristic of a sport, and poses the same health risks as some others. It is impossible to define a sport by the amount of calories you burn playing. Someone who plays basketball and sits on the bench burns fewer calories than someone playing a round of golf. The sport is physically-demanding, usually done in a competitive environment, and involves countless hours of practice to perfect the skills needed to be deemed a professional. In summary, the con arguments presented, in my opinion, are weakly supported, and the sport of golf meets the dictionary definition of a sport to multiple dictionary sources."
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  • -3 +6 -9 Ethan Oct. 13, 2015
    "YES! because first of all it requires lots of mental and physical preparation. second of all those who argue with john daly you need to look at the nfl."
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  • -3 +6 -9 Oh my Golf Oct. 5, 2015
    "Tiger Woods trained 'rigorously' just to play golf. Sure, some of the players may not be Mr. Universe...but golf IS a sport. It fits the definition of sport. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go clean my golf clubs."
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  • -3 +5 -8 james Jun. 24, 2015
    "golf is a fun sport. people want to take golf away saying its not a sport well news flash it is"
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  • -3 +5 -8 Glenn May. 25, 2015
    "The 12th point on the con side talks about defense Bowling and Gymnastics don't have defense what so ever but are still a "SPORT""
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  • -3 +5 -8 Jones May. 7, 2015
    "For everyone who says golf is not a sport because there is no physical exertion, remember that after each hole, you need to walk a long distance to get to the next hole. Also, golf takes lots of mental capability to actually hit the ball a long distance."
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    • -1 0 -1 Alex Nov. 17, 2015
      "walk and walk and that does not make it a sport.
      Try tennis or soccer...for excitement. Golf is for fat lazy people that hate sweating or running"
  • -3 +6 -9 William Apr. 24, 2015
    "How is golf questioned on being a sport when thumb wrestling, and pistol shooting is considered a sport. Obviously the people who are writing for the Con have never played golf in their life."
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  • -3 +5 -8 sky Apr. 22, 2015
    "Yes it is a sport a sport is something you play but you do play in golf so golf is a sport."
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  • -3 +6 -9 cata Apr. 22, 2015
    "yes its a sport"
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  • -3 +8 -11 Lindsay Mar. 18, 2015
    "I think golf is definitely a sport. Golf will be included in the Olympics starting in 2016 as further evidence of its qualification as a sport.
    Golf goes with the definition of a 'sport.'

    The dictionary says that a sport is "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.

    Like all sports, golf requires physical exertion. Sports require good muscle use, and when you take a golf swing it uses at least 17 muscle groups in the coordinated movement of the hands, wrists, arms, abdomen, and legs.

    Golf falls under the preview of the athletic departments of colleges and universities
    Professional golfers are considered athletes by social media."
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  • -4 +18 -22 Ken May. 6, 2013
    "Is archery or shooting a sport? nothing physical about either of those two."
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  • -4 +29 -33 Desirae Zimmerman Jan. 23, 2013
    "Yes golf is a sport! Saying golf isn't a sport is like saying Barrel Racing, school band, and swimming aren't sports! Golf is a sport!!!!"
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    • -1 +1 -2 Bill Dec. 16, 2014
      "school band isnt a sport tho. its a music"
    • -3 0 -3 fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
      "I am voting for swimming as a sport"
  • -5 +26 -31 Tyler Wilson Nov. 27, 2012
    "Yes, Athletes are competing for world championships"
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  • -8 +17 -25 ella Apr. 29, 2013
    "I think golf is a sport because you stretch your arm and
    you consentrate on the ball"
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  • -15 +18 -33 matt Apr. 19, 2013
    "all sports are useless and a waste of time, and expecially money, so yeah golf is a sport"
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    • +1 +1 0 KG Dec. 7, 2016
      "Are you kidding me? Golf is a sport, but not for those reasons at all. Also, it is not a waste of time in millions of people's minds."

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  • +1 +2 -1 jeff Mar. 22, 2017
    "golf is just plain stupid and boring"
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    • 0 0 0 katie Mar. 23, 2017
      "i know right lol"
  • 0 0 0 katie Mar. 23, 2017
    "this is stupied like watching people hit a ball it boring"
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  • -2 +2 -4 Mia B. Jan. 12, 2017
    "Golf is and isn't a sport at the same time. Anyone can play it. It is favored by many people but that is because it is one of the less active sports. you do not have to have great cardio or be in shape to play it."
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  • -2 +4 -6 KG Dec. 6, 2016
    "There are really no good arguments made here."
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  • -3 0 -3 Jackson W. Feb. 15, 2017
    "Alex Mack (an NFL Player) played in the super bowl with a broken leg, so is football not a sport?"
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  • -5 +9 -14 Bob Apr. 8, 2016
    "an activity involving physical exertion and skill
    That is the definition of a sport.
    I dont see that relating to golf"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Golf is a sport Apr. 28, 2016
      "Golf is 100% a sport. Your definition fits golf precisely. Golf takes skill, its not just hitting a ball around or waking a club. Golf is extremely precise and involves a lot of physical activity. if you are not able to swing the club, or can't putt the ball, you can't play golf. Just like baseball, if you can't hit or catch you can't play baseball. GOLF IS A SPORT."
  • -5 +17 -22 Edward Nov. 17, 2015
    "Golf is as sport only if you are a professional player that trains and prepares like a professional athlete. The rest that play are just playing a game not a sport."
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  • -6 +38 -44 marc Apr. 8, 2013
    "if golf is a sport then so is chess, checkers and hungry hungry hippos. you burn more calories and exert more playing hungry hungry hippos. the reason why some of the best athletes cant master golf is because golf isn't a game of athleticism. thats why you can be 90 and fat and still play the game at a high level.

    my question is, why is it such a big dead to you golf enthusiasts for you to insist that golf be labelled as a sport when it clearly isnt? is it the lack of respect? is it because you wear trousers and belt and tuck in your shirt when you go out and play?
    when you look at a real athlete at the end of a real sport, and a golfer at the 18th hole, you tell me who looks like they played a sport.

    stop embarrassing yourselves. it is what it is. there is one thing that separates a game from a sport in the definition, and thats physical exertion. if you tell me that when they swing the club its physical exertion....ill even give you that. and in return i want you to time each swing for me and tell me how many nano seconds you golfers exert in 18 holes.

    thats what i thought."
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    • +1 +3 -2 nick May. 20, 2013
      "it's in the Olympics. it's a sport."
    • 0 0 0 KG Dec. 7, 2016
      "Since when did you burn calories playing Hungry Hungry Hippos? Also, how long do you have to play to burn 100 calories? An hour?"
    • 0 +3 -3 Jack Apr. 16, 2013
      "Can I just say, while I agree that it doesn't require a lot of exertion, it has been proven that walking an 18 hole course does burn over 700 calories. After I play golf, I certainly don't feel the same as after playing basketball, for example, but I do feel that I have burned some calories"
  • -7 +75 -82 Tyler Oct. 26, 2012
    "It doesn't matter if you sweat or not. It requires little to no physical exertion, and you sweat going in a sauna...does that make it a sport? no."
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    • +2 +4 -2 Glenn May. 25, 2015
      ""K"evin first of all if your 94 year old grandma can play basketball would that make it not a sport. Cause I guarantee if she can golf she can play basketball. Plain and simple"
    • 0 0 0 leedle Jan. 22, 2016
      "yes, a sauna is a sport now, who can stay in the logest?"
    • 0 +3 -3 Anonymous Oct. 24, 2013
      "I'm sorry Tyler but aren't we talking about professional athletes here, and not your high school "varsity" team?"
    • 0 +7 -7 Anna Jan. 8, 2013
      "Cevin is right - golfers do work up a sweat while playing. Golfers sweat from walking almost four miles around the course and over different elevations. Golfers sweat from walking into and out of bunkers (some over 5 feet deep requiring stairs to enter and exit.) Golfers sweat from leaning into a hard wind for four hours will moving around the course. I've been playing several years, and it is definitely physically demanding."
    • -1 +1 -2 Anonymous Nov. 9, 2015
      "I disagree, many people don't believe that gymnastics is a sport, yet many forms of it are played in the Olympics. Besides, as Nate said, saying it requires no skill is not an argument. The definition of physical exertion is as follows: (from wikipedia) use of physical or perceived energy. It normally connotes a strenuous or costly effort related to physical, muscular, philosophical actions and work." The definition of "physical exertion" is not "sweat""
    • -1 +8 -9 Tyler Nov. 20, 2012
      "hahahah Please Cevin if you sweat in golf take off your sweater and put on a t-shirt. only reason to sweat is from the sun in golf. I golfed varsity in high school. I know from experience it isn't a sport. maybe you should think before you act?"
    • -3 +5 -8 Cevin Nov. 19, 2012
      "You actually do sweat in golf. Maybe you should try it."
    • -4 +2 -6 "K"evin Oct. 26, 2013
      "If my 94 year old grandmother can play golf, its not a sport. Plain and simple. Also, Cevin, I dont know why you spell your name with a C. Anyways, if you sweat while playing golf, you need to lose some weight."
    • -5 +5 -10 Elijah Nov. 8, 2012
      "good call tyler. If you dont sweat, its not a sport."
  • -8 +21 -29 tom Oct. 23, 2015
    "For any activity to be classified a sport the following MUST take place. There must be an opponent that is actively trying to prevent a particular action. If basketball involved only uncontested shots from various parts of the court, no matter how difficult the shot, it would not be considered a sport. It is called HORSE or the slam-dunk CONTEST. Golf is a contest, not a sport."
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    • 0 0 0 hi Apr. 28, 2016
      "not true"
  • -8 +18 -26 david michael Jun. 2, 2015
    "OMG reading about Tom Watson recently, the only 'sport' where an OAP can compete with players 40 years his junior in a major event - which is the only argument needed to demonstrate that GOLF, although requiring a high degree of skill in the 'hand to eye' department is definitely NOT a sport!!!
    OMG what will they do if he has say a 'senior moment' and forgets where he is or worse still who he is? What if he gets overtired from all that 'fresh air' and walking and needs to take a nap halfway round?
    OMG I hope they have one of those 'BUGGIES' and can drive him from hole to hole! I am also concerned when he is putting, that he may 'drift off' suddenly. Hopefully, they will have a team of professional 'carers' in attendance in case he needs to suddenly 'visit the bathroom' or some other age related issue!
    OMG and what a huge relief; I just called the organisers of the British Open, who have 'reassured' me they have a full team of medics, therapists and even 'Age Concern' on standby, who at the first sign of distress or disorientation displayed by Mr Watson - will discreetly handle the 'situation' in a professional and humane manner!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Randy Jul. 28, 2015
      "Look up Skip Hall. Then check out Gary Players fitness level. Gordie Howe played pro hockey in five decades. Sport is not only for young people. When you grow up you will find this to be a fact."
    • 0 0 0 Kyeii Feb. 14, 2017
      "OMG you're wrong"
  • -8 +53 -61 Coco Oct. 25, 2013
    "heeeeeeeellllll no! If my 93 year old disabled grandpa can play it, then it cant be a damn sport! you must be outta your mind.
    Thanks for you time."
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    • +4 +6 -2 Evaclair Nov. 15, 2014
      "Dear Coco,

      I believe you gotta it all wrong. Anyone can play a sport no matter what the age or size they are. If your grandma wants to play golf, so be it! Let her play! Golf is a sport and according to studies, golf can teach you a lot more things than a normal game of volleyball or basketball can. Golf teaches you how hard you have to hit the ball to get it in the hole and it can also build up your muscle memory."
    • +1 +3 -2 Glenn May. 25, 2015
      "So if your 93 year old grandpa can play basketball does that make it not a sport. Cause if he can play golf I guarantee he can play basketball"
    • -2 +2 -4 Mia Jan. 13, 2016
      "So true"
  • -10 +6 -16 Faith Thomas Mar. 6, 2016
    "As a 31 year old African American female , I don't think golf quantifies as a sport ( but does qualify as a recreational activity for the following reasons
    1. No physical exertion ( rugby , football )
    2.,it's extremely elitist ( appeals to while dudes over the age of 50 playing it )
    3. The speed at which it is "contested " is WAY TOO SLOW for a person between 18-35 to understand ( it takes 3 hours while the average attention span of the age range listed is 85mph"
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    • +4 +4 0 Calvin May. 2, 2016
      "1. There is physical exertion, just less than other sports.
      2. The community surrounding something is not at all relevant to what that thing is. If every football player was a flaming racist, it would still be a sport.
      3. The speed of it and your personal concentration span and intelligence also is wildly irrelevant to whether or not it's a sport."
    • 0 0 0 Patrick Star Dec. 16, 2016
      "What does you being an African American female,the speed and your comprehension have to do with anything?"
  • -11 +24 -35 Tiger Woods Apr. 16, 2015
    "Golf is an E-Sport enjoyed by millions of rich white old people. Is League of Legends a sport? No."
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    • +1 +1 0 KG Dec. 7, 2016
      "E-Sport? Actual golf isn't on the Internet. there are game versions, like Super Stickman Golf of Wii Sports Golf, but golf itself is not online. Also, plenty of young people enjoy the SPORT, as do members of all races. Your argument is irrelevant."
    • +1 +1 0 Larisagnia Oct. 16, 2015
      "Your wrong "Tiger Woods". Just like so many other people you have committed two fallacies: Generalization and false analogies. First off, the statement "enjoyed by millions of rich white old people" is true. Hundreds of millions. But the way your putting it out there makes it a generalization. The poor might like it too. You could be wrong, depending on what you mean't. Second, no matter how much I hate League of Legends, it still is in fact a sport. Definition of a sport: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Have you won millions of dollars just by being smart and playing with a team on a game? It requires surgical dexterity, skill, and muscle memory. And actual muscle. So you are very wrong about LoL not being a sport."
  • -11 +21 -32 jon Jan. 9, 2015
    "Golf is not a sport"
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  • -11 +18 -29 Ej Schurman Jan. 7, 2015
    "Golf is not a sport because if you get injured you can still play. If you get hurt in football or basketball you won't be able to play."
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    • +1 +1 0 Zach Apr. 9, 2015
      "It depends on the level of injury. If you get poked in the eye playing basketball, you'll be able to continue playing despite it being an (albeit minor) injury. So you can play golf with injuries that you couldn't play basketball with. Where do you draw the line? You can play all sports despite having injuries, it just depends on how bad the injury is.

      People have played basketball and football before with slightly fractured legs, and fans applaud them for it, and call them tough. When a golfer does it, people use it as reasoning for saying it's not a sport."
    • 0 0 0 KG Dec. 8, 2016
      "Multiple people have played when hurt, most notably Michael Jordan. He was sick, not hurt, but put on an incredible game, with 38 points."
    • 0 0 0 bob Mar. 23, 2015
      "that is not true if you get hurt you can tplay and the difintition of a sport has litterally nothing to do that involves a sport"
  • -12 +17 -29 isaax Mar. 18, 2015
    "golf is not a sport because it is not a rigous sport"
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  • -15 +10 -25 Dylan Boor Jan. 6, 2015
    "It has been stated that in the past golf has never came up to be a sport and it should stay that way until some body else changes Americas idea of a sport. Football, Baseball , and basketball have taken over American so much that even if it was called a sport I don't think that it would be able to compete with all of these other sports."
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  • -16 +15 -31 luke Mar. 2, 2015
    "NO it cant be a sport. sports (such as baseball and football) don't wear khakis and polos. a fat guy could play golf while a fat guy cant play baseball."
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    • +7 +7 0 Riley Apr. 21, 2015
      "Now you are saying a sport is based on what cloths you are wearing. That's a new one for me. I hate the purple and yellow jerseys the vikings wear. That does not mean that football is not a sport. Your right, football players don't wear khakis. Golfers don't wear shoulder pads. They don't need to. And if you are calling people fat, look at football. Half the people on a football team are overweight. Don't go saying things that don't make any sense."
    • +3 +3 0 Randy Jul. 28, 2015
      "Baseball is a bad example. There have been plenty of overweight and many would say fat MLB players."
  • -16 +9 -25 Bill Dec. 16, 2014
    "Golf isnt a sport because if you dont sweat its not a sport. the only way to get sweaty in golf is if its really hot outside. golf has to be one of the least athletic activites there is. my dead grandma is just as athletic as most golfers. People retire from actual sports like basketball and soccer and play golf as a hobby. golf isnt all that bad it just shouldt count as a sport."
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    • +1 +1 0 Larisagnia Oct. 16, 2015
      "Dear bill: First off, I assure you your dead grandma is not just as athletic as most golfers. Second, a sport doesn't require someone to sweat. Many people use this as an argument on here but it's completely irreverent. As one person that thought golf isn't a sport said: "You sweat in a sauna. Does it make it a sport?" No. But what does sweat have to do with something being a sport? It could be a very rigorous sport, which is why football players sweat. But by definition, a sport is something that teams or individuals compete with each other for entertainment. Think about this."
    • +1 +1 0 Glenn May. 25, 2015
      "People that say golf isn't a sport usually have never played it, hitting the ball exactly where you want it to go takes a lot of athleticism people just don't realize it"
    • 0 0 0 Calvani Jan. 21, 2016
      "Dear bill: First off, I assure you your dead grandma is not just as athletic as most golfers. Second, a sport doesn't require someone to sweat. Many people use this as an argument on here but it's completely irreverent. As one person that thought golf isn't a sport said: "You sweat in a sauna. Does it make it a sport?" No. But what does sweat have to do with something being a sport? It could be a very rigorous sport, which is why football players sweat. But by definition, a sport is something that teams or individuals compete with each other for entertainment. Think about this."
    • 0 0 0 bob Mar. 23, 2015
      "not true because the definition of a sport has no relation based on how much you sweat and you kind of do when you play and if u got ur lazy a$$ of the couch and tried it you would be surprised how hard it is"
  • -17 +11 -28 Mia Jan. 26, 2016
    "Golf only uses only 17 muscles to swing once. That is equivalent to smiling. Laughing uses more muscles than playing golf. Is laughing a sport? What about smiling? I didn't think so. Why is golf a sport then? You tell me."
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    • 0 0 0 nonononono :( Apr. 7, 2016
      "'To swing ONCE.' And smiling doesn't require precision, aim, and cleverness. Golf does."
    • 0 +2 -2 Seboostaaan Feb. 12, 2016
      "Is this really all true Mia? why would you say that!?!?"
  • -17 +26 -43 Megan Curtsinger Nov. 25, 2013
    "just because you sre hitting a ball doesnt mean it is a sport"
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    • +2 +3 -1 TGIF Dec. 15, 2014
      "You hit a ball in baseball... Is that not a sport?"
    • -2 +1 -3 Larisagnia Oct. 16, 2015
      "Very true. But you are competing with other people for entertainment. Which makes golf a sport. Look up what is a sport."
  • -17 +20 -37 Fenton May. 20, 2013
    "golfing is not a sport,a sport based of of a... somewhat complex map. When you have something fun, that you manipulate it is considered a PLAYTHING. if it has no goal it is a toy if it has a goal it is a challenge. a challenge with no other people is a puzzle if you play it with other people it is a conflict, a conflict with no interference is a competition with interference it is then a game or a sport, golf lacks the direct interference so golfing is NOT a sport"
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    • +1 +1 0 Larisagnia Oct. 16, 2015
      "arc, unlike other people who argue just to argue your reasoning sounds like your trying to actually discuss about this. So let me discuss this with you: Sadly you are correct about physical exertion separating a sport and a game. You don't realize that there isn't a certain amount of physical exertion for something to be a game. If that's the case, they why doesn't the U.S make a law that you need to put X amount of physical work into sports.
      By definiton, a sport is this: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. So you were correct about phyiscal exertion. But just because you arn't as fit as a football player doesn't mean something is a sport. I believe you really are trying to say golf isn't a rigorous sport. Maybe the question you should be answering is should golf be in Olympics or competitive things. Maybe it shouldn't because it's not that hard. But, by definition, golf IS a sport. I hope you have been enlightened!"
  • -20 +16 -36 Mia Jan. 13, 2016
    "Playing golf is like playing fetch with a stick. Golf has no real exercise unless you are walking and not riding in a golf cart. Think about it. You hit the ball with the club and get into your golf cart hunt down the ball and hit again and restart the process over and over until you get it in the hole then do it again."
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    • -1 +2 -3 Garland Jan. 27, 2016
      "I think your using golf with something that requires way less activity, fetch is way less activity compared to it. I'm not saying your wrong that its not a sport, but that is just way too much exaggeration for a activity/sport for that."
    • -1 +2 -3 Lance Jan. 25, 2016
      "Lets see you go i the blazing sun for 6 hours and then say its not a sport

      Do you hear of the injuries, and it takes serious balz to go out there and play the game and much less have the patience."
    • -2 +1 -3 Garland Jan. 26, 2016
      "Wrong, idk why people think of it like that"
  • -20 +15 -35 IAS Oct. 9, 2013
    "Golf is most definitely not a sport. You do almost no work and as stated, you can hire a caddy to carry the clubs around. Just because you have to prepare and concentrate mentally doesn't make it a sport. You have to concentrate and prepare for a math test and that definitely isn't a sport. Sports require physical and mental preparedness and exertion. My 70+ year old uncle with back problems is an avid golfer. That alone should prove the ridiculousness of the assumption that golf is a sport in any way shape or form."
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  • -21 +17 -38 El Chapo May. 21, 2014
    "Hi, golf is not a sport, I am always right, you should trust me"
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    • 0 0 0 Mia Bruh Feb. 26, 2016
      "It just says error"
    • -1 0 -1 Snoop Doge Jun. 15, 2016
      "You can always trust El Chapo"
    • -1 +2 -3 Emily F. age 12 Nov. 21, 2014
      "Uh . . . . Right. Ok. If you're always right, then what happens if you do 0 divided by 0 on the calculator?"
  • -21 +16 -37 olek Jun. 21, 2013
    "In general there are only 3 things which differentiate humans from animals: science, art and sport. And sport here means concentration and taking a lot of suffer to perfect in some complex activity. And as a result of that hard work professional athletes are always the best example of fit, fast, strong, good looking personas who encourage average people to maintain themselves and who provide good example what real live self-sacrificing and dedication is. Sportsmen are real super-heroes.
    I'm sorry, but snobby, chubby, lazy and arrogant golfers just are not."
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  • -23 +21 -44 sailorishmael@gmail Jan. 13, 2013
    "Golf is an expensive, elitist game not open to all potential contenders. It excludes those who cannot afford it. It excludes those with no access to facilities, either because they live nowhere near a course or because of membership requirements by a local club. By de facto exclusion of much potential competition for qualifications other than athletic, golf gives up its claim to be genuine sport."
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    • 0 0 0 Larisagnia Oct. 16, 2015
      "I'm guessing mountain biking, road biking, baseball, football, swimming, are not sports either? If you think this, we got a problem."
    • 0 0 0 Josh Feb. 3, 2014
      "So anyone can join the NFL/NBA/NHL or any other sports organization? You have to meet requirements to join any type of sport."
  • -25 +17 -42 Lloyd Mar. 13, 2013
    "i will not say yes either no. reason being is that their are many fat... sorry overly weighted adult today, who still want the title as athletes. so to them being able to swing your body as hard and fast as they do is like the world most fasted man sprinted a 100m.... in 6second.

    it may not seem like they are doing much, but considering situation from their perspective. they are facing hell man."
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  • -26 +30 -56 bean Mar. 21, 2013
    "No golf is not a sport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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  • -32 +26 -58 adarad Jan. 3, 2013
    "Oh, my god!! I swung a club and i am so sore. All of you are seriously idiots if you say golf takes physical activity. I agree it takes skill, but so do video games. Golf is not a sport."
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    • 0 +1 -1 adarad2 Apr. 25, 2013
      "At least i dont sit around all day getting fat lol, i can probably kill some easily in a game, but can you get a hole in one with one hit???"
  • -33 +15 -48 Ian Jun. 28, 2013
    "No one has ever lost an eye playing Golf. Therefore, it is not a sport."
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    • +7 +7 0 penut Nov. 25, 2013
      "no ones ever lost an eye playin basktball"
  • -34 +25 -59 gavin Feb. 8, 2013
    "it is not sport cuz u walk"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
      "You walk in baseball. Is that not a sport as well?"
  • -36 +15 -51 Fry Feb. 8, 2013
    "Golf does not make the player strive to great lengths to achieve one goal. The feat of walking is a mere one at best, achievable by even the most intellectually challenged insect. When one attempts a round of golf using a cart, all challenges are dwindled to the point at which the purpose of the game is too hit a ball into a hole. All point of watching this pastime is lost."
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  • -39 +28 -67 Bearn Mar. 21, 2013
    "Golf is not a sport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    • 0 0 0 Paco Jun. 14, 2016
      "Yo that's rude"
  • -46 +25 -71 Aaron Bauer Mar. 13, 2013
    "Golf is not a sport. Volleyball is. Duh."
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    • 0 +2 -2 lance Jan. 22, 2016
      "Its a sport lets see you go 18 holes with no cart in the blazing sunlight for a couple of hours."
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