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Why is golf so hard?

Asked by JHUstudent (692points) May 19th, 2011

Why is the art of swinging a golf club so hard?

Much like throwing a football, shooting a basketball or swinging a baseball bat, it seems to come down to simple mechanics.

Keep your left arm straight. Swing with your hips, not your arms. Put your balance on the balls of your feet. Bend from the hips.

Obviously there’s a little more to it, I’m just summarizing. But why does this seem so much harder to master than the rest?

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Nullo's avatar

First, because you’re using a tool and not your hand. Second, because you’re using that tool, in a setting devoid of references, mechanical guides and stops, to inflict a very specific ballistic trajectory. The number of variables that must be fixed mounts with every new element added. The more variables the harder it is to meet them all.

cockswain's avatar

Because you need to hit the ball so precisely for a good shot. And you’re making a large movement to hit it with a tiny part of the club. All kinds of inaccuracy is easily introduced. Just stare that ball down. Stare that thing down!

ucme's avatar

See it’s not though. Like all sports it’s between the ears that counts. Over complicate & muse over every little thing & you’re going to fail. Me, I keep it simple, remember the basics, make sure you trust in your swing & let that sucker fly. Never let me down, I love sports me like! ;¬}

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skfinkel's avatar

Would it be fun if it was easier? If you lose the challenge, and everyone can do it and it is simple, I think the charm would be lost. This way, it’s a fun challenge. (Speaking as a person who does not play golf, but I know many who do play.)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You’re swinging a three to four foot club, moving at around 100 mph at a ball not much bigger than 2 walnuts. Go inquire about this and Robin Williams. It’s well worth the time.

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