Golf is a sport often criticised for being too boring and laborious. But, in reality, golf is of an almost perplexing (and fascinating) complexity – the primary reason why even the top professionals struggle to maintain consistency at the very highest level for years and years at a time.

Unlike football, or the likes of rugby, golf requires the use of another ‘limb’ – a golf club – which, seemingly, has to be swung to perfection in order for the ball to go in the desired direction. The difficulty with golf is that there are lots of different aspects of the game, and if even the tiniest, minutest thing is wrong, the intended result will probably not prevail.

There are four main tournaments in the golfing calendar which players always yearn to win: The Masters (played at Augusta National in the USA, April), the US Open (June), The Open (in the UK, July) and the US PGA Championship (August) – these are the golfing majors.

The top golfers in the world right now include Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Justin Rose, and it is also interesting to see the number of young players breaking into the ranks. That being said, the likes of Phil Mickelson, who is 47 years old, is still performing well at the top level, and has won countless trophies. Mental attitude, like in many (if not all) sports, is also vital for success. If you start getting ahead of yourself, and thinking about what COULD happen, it may become very costly…

There are several attributes required to make a great golfer – obviously there is the technical stuff: the skills (such as the swing, the consistency, the putting stroke) but, almost as importantly, people look for charisma and charm; kindness and good interaction with the crowd. In addition, and almost always overlooked, there is luck. Luck is always required in order to do well, simply because it is extremely rare to perform perfectly all of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not at all saying that the majority of golfers playing right now are lucky – I’m just saying that luck is, at the very least, a massive help when it is on your side: and a major downside when it isn’t…

So, in conclusion, golf isn’t a game for the young; it isn’t a game for the old – it’s a game for everyone, of all ages, and I would encourage people to, if possible, go to their nearest driving range and give it a go!

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