For our expert, golf is simply a pleasurable way to be outdoors and feel like you may be exercising while having fun hitting a ball with a stick. Don Wills likes to tell us of his day job selling sanitary napkin disposal items and other supplies because he always provokes an uncomfortable reaction. Turns out he’s pretty good at it and the business has been financially rewarding enough for him to enjoy a lot of golf. And a lot of time to learn about the sport in general – which is why he’s writing for us here.
Golf is a club-and-ball game sport that millions of people practice throughout the world every day. The origin of golf is uncertain. Some historians will say that this sport already existed back in the Roman era, and that players were using a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. Some other people will say that golf descended from the Persia game called chaugan, which is similar to Golf and Polo, and it involves a ball, horses and sticks.
But what everybody agrees on is that the modern game of golf was originated in Scotland around the 12th century, by shepherds knocking stones into rabbit holes on the current site of the “Old Course at St Andrews”.
The game consists on playing a number of holes in a giver order, knowing that a round typically consists of 18 holes. The order is determined by the course layout. And if the course is a nine-hole course, a round will consist of two consecutive nine-hole rounds.
The rules of golf and internationally standardised. They are governed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, and the United States Golf Association (USGA). These rules are officially printed, and in addition to that, there are etiquette guidelines such as safety, fairness, pace of play and a player’s obligation to contribute to the care of the course. And in the back of the official rule book, all players can read the following principle : “Play the ball as it lies, play the course as you find it, and if you cannot do either, do what is fair”.
Golf requires quite a lot pieces of equipment, and the total bill can be expensive. The first thing needed is Golf clubs that are used to hit the golf ball. They are called woods, irons, hybrid and putters. Then, players will need golf balls, a tee, and all of that will be carried in a golf bad. And, of course, golf shoes with metal or plastic spikes designed to increase traction.
Many people play the game regularly & it is said that a very large amount of the business deals that are transacted everyday take place on or near a golf course. It has been a very popular sport for so long that it is now intertwined with our society as well as business irreversibly. You can make many contacts as well as friends on the golf course & it is beneficial in many ways not just to your career. It is a great source of exercise even if you just get out to the driving range to practice a few long balls it is very healthy.