Tennis Vs Golf

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  1. Barnes68

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    Has anyone noticed that golf seems to get more t.v coverage than tennis? I'm referring to the local networks (excluding cable & satelite). There seems to be a golf tournament on every weekend. The exception would probably be Wimbeldon coverage. Any one have any thoughts?
     
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    Golf is becoming more popular due to the rise in laziness and the need for a social, non-demanding sport.
     
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    well, exactly, even my 85 yo grandpa can play golf. tennis so much more demanding ... fat people, old people, young people, whoever ... golf is just a recreational thing.

    that's why they make so much money, too many average Joes who never done any sport in their lives,.. they prefer to have some beer and a bag of chips and watch some silly golf

    try playing pro tennis and good luck with that :).

    laziness my friend, that's exactly what it is.
     
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    ^The thing I hate most about golf is the money invested in it. I mean, Tiger Woods was the highest earning "athlete" for years.
     
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    Golf has been made much more accessible to the average person than tennis, which retains its elitist snobbery. Golf is more amenable to TV coverage. Retirements and injuries don't end golf tournaments, but they do end tennis matches. The length of a round of golf is fairly predictable while a tennis match can run from 1-6 hours. Final rounds of golf are hardly played on Monday (a work day) due to weather, while the most relevant major to North Americans practically always is (and is then usually pre-empted on local affiliates by Dr. Phil and Oprah).

    So, obviously golf gets much more coverage. It is far, far, far more popular than tennis in North America. People here seem to live in an illusory fantasy world where people actually care about tennis. I would bet 80% of North Americans have no idea who Roger Federer is. Only the most devout, passionate fans of other sports might recall the name mentioned on Sportscenter a couple of times.
     
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    It's become a part of business etiquette as well, and deals are sealed over golf games. It's become the rich man's leisure/business sealing activity so naturally those with lots of money would have an impact (rich people run the country after all so it'd make sense this sport is marketed out on TV, ads, etc. and has a lot of cash flow involved in it).
     
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    Tiger Woods single-handedly captured public consciousness and drastically increased the popularity of golf worldwide. He earned every penny, regardless of what one may think of his personality or conduct.
     
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    it is so sad ... OK, let's forget about Djokovic, Fed and Nadal but the fact is that top #100-150 players can hardly survive. remember that article by Sergiy Stakhovsky (ranked #84 in the world) ... k, just found it
    http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2012-04-10/9291.php
     
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    Good point! Golf has become a big part of the business culture. Many business deals are made on the gold course.
     
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    I like some golf, but I prefer tennis any day.

    And it was left to top 4 to try and do something about that, to ask for a higher percentage of pay increases to go on the lower round losers than those who reach the latter stages.
     
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    I made a thread about this before and got a bunch of people arguing with me. Where were all you posters then? :)


    I think it's because Babyboomers (which are the biggest section of people in every country) have gotten old and fat and now they play golf for fun instead of tennis.
     
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    What on earth are you talking about? Golf is far more expensive and exclusive. Find me a free neighborhood golf course and I'll play an entire round there naked.

    Golf is more popular because of Tiger Woods. Tennis was popular when there were American number ones. That's how it goes. People are sheep. They need to be told what is fun.

    Regardless, golf is a fantastic game. It requires incredible focus and discipline.
     
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    I think you made a good point here.
     
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    For $70 at a cheap public course, you can play 18 holes of golf--essentially a whole day of activity. At a tennis club, you are looking at $25-$30 per hour, plus membership fees. If you want to play in winter in areas that experience a genuine winter, expect to be shelling out near $1000 in membership fees, and then $25-$30 per hour to play on court--at limited times.

    I forgot to mention the biggest single advantage of golf: you can play by yourself. Finding a tennis partner of similar skill level can be a very troublesome task. Then you have to ensure you have similar work schedules and available times to play. In reality, you must ingratiate yourself to the irritating social tennis scene to play tennis on a regular basis, while you can avoid that headache in golf if you don't enjoy it.
     
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    So let me get this straight, you've never in your life heard of or witnessed personally free tennis courts and you consider a sport that requires at least two people difficult to organize? I have community tennis courts down the block from me--free. At the nicer courts near where I live, it costs $3 to play.

    Sure, it's relatively more difficult to get enough people for tennis compared to golf (which requires just one person), but it's a hell of a lot easier than any other sport. I've always found a tennis partner where I live. Tennis isn't less popular than golf because it requires two people.

    But seriously, are you under the impression the only place to play tennis is a exclusive tennis club?
     
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    Yeah, you live in an area with a mild climate and a concentrated population of 20 million people, most of them much more worldly than the rest of the continent. Of course you're not going to have trouble playing tennis.

    However, that does not describe most of the northern half of North America.
     
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    i am too restless for golf so i only have played it once.
     
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    spending my time looking for balls in long grass and bushes?

    no thanks..

    I'd rather spend all day chasing fuzzy yellow balls like a mad man, at least when I go to the court with 4 balls, I come home with them...
     
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    meh, golf is a game but it's definitely not a sport.
     
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    i think tennis has a lot more going for it because of the a-t-h-l-e-t-i-c part.
     
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    And tennis lovers slagging off other sports (mostly out of envy for their popularity) is part of the elitist snobbery I was referring to.
     
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    tennis always have the best looking people and youngest :) haha
     
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    I do watch golf majors from time to time. It's relaxing for me and the courses are beautiful.
    Never played though.
     
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    man, I respect your opinion, but disagree so much ... tennis is so much more complex than golf ... I actually do watch golf at slams, when I'm free but it doesn't even come close ... I play golf with my friends too, but it's just fooling around.

    I wouldn't say that tennis is more 'elite' than golf ... dude, we are talking about Michelsong with his belly versa lanky Djoko, muscular Rafa, and Roger in between. Tiger WAS cool, but whatever ...
     
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    Tennis is much more accessible to the 'average' person than golf.
     
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    Tons of people know tennis, but I live on the west cost so what do I know. Btw we've got a lot of Asians here... does that mean the same thing across america?
     
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    Back when I was real young tennis was very very popular. You had to wait on public courts. You could hit at any wall and find someone to play with within 5 mins.

    Now, you pretty much have to join a club to get regular tennis.

    Sad, but golf is much bigger now.
     
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    I like golf but it is hardly a sport lol
     
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    Golf is great for lazy people. Recreational players ride in carts, etc. can be insanely out of shape and still play good golf. Smoke, drink, whatever.

    Competitive golf is another story. Golf is insanely difficult to play consistently well. Every hole and and course is different. You walk in tournaments. Play 3-4 rounds consecutively in tournaments, and you have to play consistently well each round. It's definitely a sport, and a freaking hard one.

    But it's a cake walk to play recreationally. Tennis is a much more physical sport. You have 80 year olds playing tennis too. But tennis requires a lot more physical exertion at every level to win.

    For perspective, you can play horribly in tennis for 30 minutes and still win the match, no sweat. Play golf horribly for 30 minutes and you can't recover. The scoring system in golf is very very unforgiving. There is no "back to deuce".
     
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    Are you serious? There are free public tennis courts in just about every public park in every neighborhood. How many totally free public golf courses do you know of in every neighborhood? That makes tennis WAY MORE accessible than golf is.

    So if it rains heavily on a Sunday during a golf tournament, what do they do? Cancel the final round?

    I heard non-sports people mention the name Roger Federer many times before on TV.

    Maybe tennis is not so popular nor accessible in Canada due to the climate so you have to play indoors most of the year and that costs money. But here in California, free tennis courts are everywhere and you can play all year-round outdoors for free.
     
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    Yes, it's true. Although they're both country club sports to be sure. The difference is golf requires a lot of real estate.
    You don't see too many tennis courts in urban areas, but it would be nice if they increased.
    Love him or hate him, Tiger Woods is the reason younger folks got interested in golf. Before Tiger, it was a pensioner activity.
     
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    I don't like golf at all, but I believe that even the European tour, which of the course is the poor cousin of the US PGA tour, generally has more lucrative tournaments on average than the ATP tour.
     
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    This pretty much nails it. The tennis game is much easier to learn than golf (which is insanely difficult), but you need to be in some kind of reasonable condition to play it--even recreationally.
     
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    this. it's more like billiard or darts. it does need a lot of skill but I would not consider it a real sport
     
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    Golf is not a sport, not sure how you could compare it to tennis
     
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    I play both tennis and golf, yes golf is a very demanding sport.
    The amount of concentration and focus required in both sports is the same.
    Serving for set, same as trying to make that 3 foot putt.

    Walking 18 holes is just as demanding as playing two sets of singles.
     
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    Golf is promoted more than Tennis,,however, tennis is the more economical sport,,cost of making and upkeep of golf courses vs tennis courts is huge, major club membership cost differences are huge too. The most important hole in golf for many golfers is the 19th hole-the bar,,,,:)

    Cheers
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    I know golf needs a lot of skill and technique. but physically as demanding as tennis? do you sweat after a round of golf (I never played it exept some rounds in the driving range)?
     
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    THIS X 100. Luckily most of my tennis partners are good friends but...sometimes you put up with alot just to get some hitting in.
     
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    I have nothing against golf, per se. I have never played golf and have been playing tennis since the age of 10 or 12. Golf does seem to be more popular, in the US anyway, especially with retired people.
     
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    What???????????
     
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    Golf is more popular in the US that tennis for both participation and as a specator sport.
     
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    I didn't know golf had come to be considered a "sport"?

    If competetitive golf is a "sport," then the long drive competition is even a more demanding "sport". Certainly, putting, chipping, and pitching which make up the vast majority of a score in any round of golf, are not "athletic" activities (anymore than crocquet). I think it's much more of a game (albeit with some very good athletes playing the game on its competitive level). Baseball generally requires more athletic ability than golf and yet it still is considered a game.
     
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    I could walk all day long and I wouldn't be as tired as if I played two sets of singles against Ferrer.
     
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    LOL. I've played 18 holes of golf, and walking around a golf course is nowhere near as physical demanding as playing tennis. A few games of tennis is more demanding, let alone a few sets.
     
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    I did both golf and tennis at high competitive level.. if I had a chance to do it all over ,I would have started and stayed with golf.. . tennis is too difficult at all aspects to maintain.. you have to be there physically,mentally,emotionally to win.. in golf ,a player can get into a 'hot' steak and win a big tournament...you'll hardly ever see this in tennis ..
    but overall,I take golf because you can enjoy the high competitive level longer,even well into your seniors(50yrs).. the Champions/or senior tours players are still earning some good money hitting a golf ball..the other thing is,look at all the great champions,most or all of them are still immensely rich and doing well.. too many tennis champions are struggling with their lives after tennis career is over..
     
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    This forum is so biased, but I guess that's to be expected, what I did not expect was all the snobbery in this thread. I would say I enjoy golf almost as much as I enjoy tennis, and have respect for both sports, but anyone here who thinks golf is easy and not a sport is delusional or just very misinformed. Golf takes tremendous focus, stamina, and skill.

    I guarantee 95% of the people in here trashing gold couldn't hit a ball straight to save their life, let alone hit the ball at all. Don't talk about what you don't know.
     
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    Golf takes zero athleticism, that's why an obese man in his 40's like Phil Mickelson is a top player. That's all anyone in this thread is saying.
     
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    but it takes a tremendous amount of skill, lack of athleticism should not discount that fact
     
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