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Tuesday
Jan162018

Lawrenson's Rebuts Golf's "Most Boring" Status

1616 members of the British public were asked to vote on the most exciting and boring sports to watch and even though it's a country that can be enthralled by a three-day cricket match, golf and American football got the most votes.

A few days later, the Daily Mail's veteran golf scribe Derek Lawrenson penned this measured and proper rebuttal. A highlight:

The truth of the matter, though, is that golf will never score highly in such polls. It really isn't for everyone. It's like reading a book. It's time-consuming and requires serious levels of concentration but, oh, what a world awaits if you knuckle down.

That's why people who do love golf or reading books or watching cricket tend to be such devotees.

If you think golf's boring, I wouldn't seek to convince you otherwise. I get it.

However, just as hardback book sales refuse to dip, there will remain enough of us with an appetite for sports that fall back on the old adage: 'The more you put into it, the more you get out of it.'

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The game of Golf is not at fault - it is more than just a game, as the players has to work with the playing field (course) as well as the design to achieve the best out of his/her game which does not always equate to a low score. However, once we lose the concept of how to play golf and throw in the fact that the playing field has been made player friendly (instead of challenging) with the aid of poor design then we lose the interest not just of players but golfers and the public at large.

We have over the last 50-70 years lost the plot, perhaps thanks to poor control by the Governing Bodies
01.17.2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
The truth is, the silly ''walk on music'', smoke bombs and flashpots( I don't even like pyro at concerts) have no plACE in golf.

Where a book can contain a CD or DVD ( I even have a Norman Rockwell First that has a recording of NR ) the expansion of golf with the shotclock, more detailed scoreboards, and even post round music works-- the actual game will always have patrons, just as the written word will always have those who prefer hardback books to invisible zeroes and ones on a plasma screen.

Golf, like baseball has done, can use some updating, but not in the over the top European Commish's way of trying to bring more to the fold via the way over the top BS he is doing.

I've may have had a different thought or two before, but the comparison to readers hit home. *dig*
Casual golf fan: "Golf is boring and too complex for my tiny brain"

Golf marketing exec: "Oh no, growth is slowing down. There must be something fundamentally wrong with the game. I think we should screw with things in an attempt to make golf more palatable to modern audiences"
Why the ignorant dig at a "three day cricket match"? Not only is ignorant (as test matches go for up to five days) but it exemplifies the same deficit of maturity and understanding that underlies the "golf is boring" mentality.

I would have thought Geoff, you would at least show a little more understanding of the rest of the world than many of your country men and women, in understanding why indeed a test cricket match does take place over a number of days.

Whilst it is obviously a team game, like golf, test cricket involves players having to perform for long periods of play requiring intense concentration and enduring continually changing conditions as the pitch deteriorates over the days of play.
01.17.2018 | Unregistered CommenterJubbsy
Always thought a cricket was something that lives underneath my house...
01.17.2018 | Unregistered CommenterMungo Park
As the famous song goes: "I don't like cricket, Oh no, I love it"
And yes, it's 5 days.
01.17.2018 | Unregistered CommenterNado
Interesting that football/soccer is so far down the list. It may be referred to as 'the world game' but IMHO 80% of the matches are dire. And don't get me started on the sport of diving which usually breaks out during football matches.

Cricket is fantastic but you gotta put in the time to understand all the strategies and nuances of the game.

DM
01.17.2018 | Unregistered CommenterDick Mahoon
Football (soccer) is fun to play, the athleticism of being t a live game (went to a lot of UT Women's games), but I have 2 reservations-
1) it is boring as heck on TV, to watch a 0-0 match decided by some dumb kicks at the end- it makes the '' basketball only play the last minute (35 minutes in TV time with timeouts, and .00001 second hand) fans be excited compared to 0-0 and a kick or 2... and
2) brain damage to children doing headers - don't even tell me it doesn't happen.

I will watch silent movies before commiting a portion of my day to soccer .

I think cricket is cool, and to defend it here is really not required; yall missed the point. *dig*
01.18.2018 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Digs, I venture to say you haven't watched too many soccer games lately. Pace of play, athleticism and scoring are way up. The 0-0 game is now the exception.
01.18.2018 | Unregistered CommenterSari
Televised golf in the USA? One commercial every six minutes for products aimed at, well, men my age and older, with the occasional golf shot thrown in among the uninteresting "personal interest" anecdote. Yes, soporific doesn't come close to the proper description.

Playing golf on any legitimate golf course? Priceless.

Cricket: I was in London in 2013 when The Ashes was contested. I could sense the excitement, even though this was the week of the birth of little Prince George, but the game is still as inscrutable to me as American football is to the rest of the world. But I'm trying. A friend from Jamaica tells of test matches between the West Indies and England that stopped the entire country. I like that idea.
01.18.2018 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Sari- I'll give it a go sometime soon. thanks. *dig*
01.20.2018 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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