More People Play Tennis than Golf?

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  1. tfm1973

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/21/nyregion/21golf.html?em&ex=1203829200&en=9c9070c4064e72a7&ei=5087%0A

    According to this Feb. 2008 NY Times article, the numbers of people who play golf has dropped from 30 million to 26 million. Also the number of golfers who play 25 times or more a year dropped from 6.9 million to 4.6 million.

    This article: http://www.tennis.com/yourgame/asktheeditors/asktheeditors.aspx?id=1430 says that in 2005 the number of people who play tennis was nearly 25 million. And 5.2 million play tennis 21 times a year or more.

    Now seeing as how those numbers are 3 years old -- it's possible that tennis is more popular than golf in the U.S. It's possible though that tennis numbers like golf is also declining. Apparantly studies are showing that more young Americans are fat and don't like physical activities of any kind.

    Maybe one day they'll figure out that 1 single wasteful golf course equals a couple hundred tennis courts. And while tennis isn't a cheap sport -- it's still far less expensive than golf and a number of other sports. Go tennis! :)
     
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  2. zapvor

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    haha. i think someone else posted this already somewhere else.

    yea all that green fairway stuff could be grass courts. or hard. or clay. damn tiger woods
     
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  3. thejuice

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    Well I play both but for different reasons. Tennis is a great sport for exercise and for a certain amount of fellowship but golf is probably the best sport for building friendships because you actually have a lot of time to talk. You could actually get a good workout in golf if you walk a course. A 6000 yd golf course would be like walking almost 5 miles (not to mention the resistance of carrying a golf bag). If you don't play the game you wouldn't understand but those that play know what I'm talking about.
     
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  4. Cindysphinx

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    I made a serious effort to take up golf in 2005-2006. They had a great lesson program at the local public course. I took weekly 30-minute lessons from October through March (they have covered driving ranges with heaters). I bought clubs and shoes. I arrived early or stayed late to practice.

    But you know what? Golf has some problems. The biggest problem is that you are under constant pressure to hurry up. Hurry up and set up and tee off. Hurry up and find your ball. Hurry up from the cart to the ball. Hurry up to sink the putt. Hurry up to replace the flag and get on to the next hole. Geez, we have even had a course marshal come up to us and tell us to pick up the pace even though we are already scrambling.

    Tennis has no time pressure. If it is a public court, you can camp there all day if you want. If it is indoor time, no one else has the right to rush you off the court during your time.

    Even tennis viewership is more enjoyable than golf viewership. I had the pleasure of attending a big local golf tournament. Tiger was there. My husband and I set up shop at the green on the third hole and watched the golfers play that hole. Over and over and over. Compare that to tennis, where you have a seat and you watch the entire match.

    I didn't play golf at all in 2007, but I have promised my husband I will make a concerted effort to play some golf in 2008.

    I would be lying if I said I was looking forward to scrambling around a golf course while impatient golfers tap their toes waiting for me to find my ball and get the hell out of their way.
     
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  5. hoodjem

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    Tennis is excellent exercise and wonderful Zen meditation.

    "Golf is a good walk ruined."--Mark Twain
     
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  6. Cindysphinx

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    What's amusing is that they talk about people playing tennis 21 times a year. So, less than twice a month? By that definition, even my husband qualifies as a tennis player!

    Honestly, I don't know if it would be any fun to play twice a month. It would be so frustrating not to be able to hit the ball well because of all of the layers of rust.
     
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  7. Cnote

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    I agree with Cindysphinx. I play golf occassionally but really got po'ed a couple of years ago b/c during a round of golf I was repeatedly told to hurry up although there were two groups of four in front of me. My partner and I were walking the course and still caught up to the other groups! Needles to say that when you pay good money to relax you don't want to be rushed unnecessarily.
     
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  8. Topaz

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    The two absolutely do not compare in my mind.

    For me, golf = zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
     
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  9. smiley74

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    I agree with you about the twice a month. But..... my friend works in the "corporate world" and it's a big thing to hit socially. They like to do those mixed round robin events where you bring a dish and have cocktails!! Plus, there is a good tennis culture at her corporation so people play just enough to not look stupid out there in case a collegue asks them to play!!
     
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  10. Loco4Tennis

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    all ive got to say is this, you cannot call it a sport if you can drink beer while your at the court (as in golf).
    try that nonsense in tennis and your gonna have broken glass over the place
    now throwing a couple back before you start is a personal choise, but your gonna know whos been drinking when they line up on the wrong side to receive the serve :)
    oh yeah, i also hatehow much room golf takes up as well
    as for the coment about american being fat, the US government wants people to exercise more but they will reduce or not maintain the facilities for such activities, thats why people arer staying at home and playing wii instead of out on a tennis court
     
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  11. tzinc

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    I played golf a few times and it's NOT FUN at all. It's like a job.

    Tennis is incredible FUN and much more like a game!
     
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  12. Loco4Tennis

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    nah, playing golf is fun,,, until you hit a house and you have to pay for the window :)
    but i agree with your opinion as well, playing tennis is much better
     
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  13. Cindysphinx

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    Is it fun?

    Eh. It's more fun than scrubbing toilets or mowing the lawn.

    I guess that's something . . .
     
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  14. fe6250

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    That's why they invented canned beer - no glass! Also - if you take the beer out of play, how can I enjoy mixed doubles? OK - J/K!
     
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  15. tfm1973

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    i'm waiting for the beer manufacturers to make beer in a box. remember when people use to laugh at wine that came in a box. and lo and behold -- wine in a box is in vogue because it is convenient and keeps better.

    beer in a box would be nice with a little spigot. this invention would also be handy:

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    pouch full of beer and you wear it while playing. maybe if you're better than your opponent you play them while wearing this and drinking between points.
     
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  16. Loco4Tennis

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    problem with drinking and playing on a tennis court, is thta you cannot hide the pucke puddles as easily as you can on golf, when playing golf, just go barf on the tall grass and your set, when your in a hardcourt tennis court the doubles alley is not a good spot :)
     
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  17. tfm1973

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    that is true. if you puke on the court i'm not sure if you would consider that part of the court and if you can play a let.

    i still think nothing says pwnage like wearing 20 pounds of beer on your belly and drinking while laying down a world of azz whupping.
     
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    I'm just wondering if you can legally call a 'let' for puking or if your beer pouch falls off. Interesting new rules for the USTA would need to be established! ;-)
     
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  19. JRstriker12

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    What type of self respecting, beer Drinking man has a cut 6-pack like that? If you want a REAL beer belly, get it through the hard work of lifting all those cans, not thorugh some fake pouch you wear. ;)

    TFM, wouldn't beer in a box be kind of flat?
     
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    The Scots invented golf to make them happy to go back to work.

    Any game that requires that much perfection can only be described as masochistic.

    -Robert
     
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  21. TennisDawg

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    Twice a month is quite a bit if you also play in a league once a week and enter a tournament every month or so. Throw in a clinic twice a month and your playing at least 8 to 9 times a month, at least. That should be plenty!

    Golfers seem to have more fun golfing. I play golf about a dozen times a year and it is much more relaxing and much easier to find golf partners. In golf you can just show up and join in with a group of golfers. Try doing that in tennis or better yet try setting up a match with a new tennis partner-good luck. I love tennis, but it is more of an elitist sport than golf, which is surprising!! If you walk the golf course, it's not bad exercise, either.
     
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  22. LuckyR

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    I am not going to argue with golfers having more fun, if you define "fun" as enjoying the sunshine, the chirp of the birds, the pretty view of the lake, the anticipation of a cold beer at the clubhouse, the joy of closing the deal with your work buddy. But if you are talking the "fun" of sports competition and beating down on the other guy, it's no competition, tennis is vastly superior to golf in that sense.
     
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  23. SlapShot

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    I decided to "take up" golf the summer after I graduated college. A friend wanted to go golfing, I hadn't ever done so before, so I went and bought some cheap clubs and spent the summer trying to get better.

    My second time out, I hit a hole in one. I've only been out maybe a half dozen times since then (in 2006).
     
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  24. TennisDawg

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    Yes, I am talking of the fun you just described. But, you do leave out the skill required in golf and although not as physical the skill is just as challenging as tennis. In someways it requires more skill because you must deal with different courses and the terrain, etc. I also wouldn't use the term superior in comparing the two sports, but just pros and cons. I believe golf is way less complicated in terms of lining up playing partners and getting out and playing than Tennis. Less complication, means more relaxing. Tennis players seem to carry a lot more baggage with them when it comes to getting out to play. Questions and comments like: What is your NTRP? How long ya been playin? I beat so and so? I don't care for those courts? You a member of the Tennis club? How old are you? I played High School Tennis? Back when I played on the collegiate team!

    The biggest downside of Tennis is lining up practices matches, it is far too complicated. You should be able to show up at a city park and get a pickup game, much like going to a city park or YMCA to play basketball. Best team or best player wins, simple as that!

    A big downside to golf is the green fees, if it weren't for the green fees, I would play more golf.
     
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  25. LuckyR

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    I completely agree with you that no sport brings out more excuses before you even take your racquet out of it's cover than tennis. However, IMO the reason for that, is there is no sport that brings out the competitiveness in an individual more than tennis. Golf vs tennis? They are so dissimilar in the gameplay that I wouldn't bother to compare them, as there is no comparison. Why would you bother to compare the gameplay of the ultimate back and forth competition, with a game with no defense? Silly, actually...
     
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