So much of the worl believes that once you get a membership at a country club you must love to do the following:
- Leave work early on Friday and play 18 holes of golf
- Gamble against your golfing buddies with a minimum wager of $50 on anything you can think of.
- Use the club pool to do laps each morning for a refreshing workout
- Meet at the club for a guys night out and drink crown and coke telling old stories of what you did in your yonger days.
- Play tennis OR at least get lessons from the local young woman tennis coach who wears the short little skirts everyday.
I just want to clear up a few things. In the past I worked for a large golf retailer and have played tennis since I was young kid. I feel the need to clarify a few things. Golf and tennis players are a COMPLETELY different breed.
- Tennis players actually sweat from running around on the court and enjoy the sport for both the technique and physical fitness aspect.
- You WILL NOT see an amazing tennis player that is OUT OF SHAPE. You often see really good golfers that look like they were rolled out of a local buffet joint.
- Golf does take a high level of skill. In tennis I can hit a ball within 6 inches of my target 25 feet away and it’s perfect. In golf you can use any of the golf putters and only be 10 feet away and miss the target by 3 inches and look like a complete idiot.
I will be honest, from my personal involvement in both sports I would say golfers drink a WHOLE lot more on average than tennis players. Tennis players drink alot more water. Golfers believe more in the technology of their equipment to make a difference more than tennis players. Often golfers will buy new golf drivers each year hoping for a few more yards in distance. Tennis Players on the other hand often have a racket for 5-7 years because the stick works for them. Of course, we mess with our string often BUT that is much cheaper than buying a whole new racquet. Cleveland Golf does a good job of keeping the upgrade costs to a minimum in golf unlike some other brands.
What do you think the biggest differences are between the two sports? Do you play both? I have to be honest, I prefer tennis….. of course you probably knew that….. this is a tennis blog 🙂