Is there a sport or indeed activity of any kind that evokes assumptions of success more than golf? It might involve some of the smallest balls in sport (stop laughing, you at the back!), but boy it sure isn’t easy to get all that gear and then gain membership to the clubhouse! While every other sport makes do with runty little ball-boys and girls, tasked with running around like rabbits in season, golf has caddies- calm, stately mammals who have the right to talk to, indeed advise, the CEOs they walk with. And so hear you hear them speak, unleashing wizard-speak like, ‘Sir, in order for you to be at par, I advise you use the 7-iron on the back 9. And with luck you could be in for an albatross by the time we need the putter’. I know, SMH (shaking my handicap).
Jokes aside, few endeavours stand out more in their need for skill, focus and precision (not forgetting favourable winds). So do not let the laid back appearance deceive you: covering that ground and swinging those drivers, irons and putters is far from easy. So, never think it is easy to be a Tiger in these Woods…sorry…on this course.
Writer: John Francis Neema Barenzi
Photo credit: Emmanuel Owaraga