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Which sport is the most difficult to master?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JR, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    This came about from a comment by Gold regarding mastering basketball versus hockey fundamentals.
    Each sport has its own complexities but I'd venture that hockey is a much more difficult sport.

    However, in terms of all the sports, I'll throw out my two cents worth.

    Most difficult to least difficult:

    1) Baseball
    2) Hockey
    3) Golf
    4) Football
    5) Basketball

    And no, this thread will not end well. :)
  2. Hed bust

    Hed bust Guest

    Golf is the hardest game to master.
    Ask anyone who's ever played.
    Like Mick Jagger says: It's tough, tough, tough, tough, tough !
    It's really fun, though, to pull off a good shot.
  3. tommyp

    tommyp Member

    Golf. Hands down.
  4. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    I think your list is accurate. Golf is difficult, sure, but the ball is sitting still for chrissakes. Nothing more difficult than hitting a baseball.
  5. Played baseball from birth, and was lucky enough to have the ability to hit and throw.

    Started taking golf seriously at 20, worked my way to a 4 handicap (before kids) and now am somewhere around a 10. I'm hoping now that the kids are a bit older (and my son can join me on the course) to bring that back down this summer.

    All that said, hitting a golf ball the right distance and in the direction I want on a repetitive basis is the most difficult athletic skill I've ever tried to master. I can take months or even years off from baseball, basketball, soccer or football and walk onto a field and step right back into the action. It's like riding a bike.

    When the temperature finally does get above freezing a gazillion months from now, however, I will walk onto the range knowing that my golf game will be in shambles after just a few months off.
  6. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    It's been said that the hardest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball. However, after hearing from co-workers and friends, golf might be the most maddening. Tough call.
  7. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    My take on golf--I started playing golf when I was ten--anybody who has the time and money to take lessons, play at least three times a week and take more lessons can be a pretty good golfer--and by pretty good I'll arbitrarily say under a 10 handicap.

    You can't say that about hitting a baseball. Or catching a 100 mph fastball.
  8. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    I think JR's right.

    There are a lot of people, me included, who could get all the instruction in the world and still never be able to hit a 90 mph fastball or a late-breaking slider.

    But even a mediocre golfer like me can occasionally pull off a pro-worthy shot.
  9. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    1) Baseball
    2) Hockey
    3) Golf
    5) Basketball
    4) Football
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Team sports I'd say hockey would be the toughest, followed by baseball.

    Individual sports? Golf. And it's not even close.
  11. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Agreed although pole vaulting is up there. :)
  12. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Memo from Andy Roddick:

    "You golfers will get 100 holes-in-one before you will ever be able to return just one of my serves."

    "By the way, as soon as my legs are shot . . . I think I'll become a scratch golfer, like some of my former collegues have done."
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