There are many reasons golfers might fall short when it comes to other sports.

We know golf requires patience, perseverance and dedication; three traits that would suit any sport.


However, a golfer’s natural disposition might not suit every aspect of other sports. We think there are four sports where being a respectable golfer might not do you any favours…


1) Football

As a footballer glides down the wing, makes his way into the box and sees a challenge coming, there are a few options.

It’s sad to admit it, but many players look to hang out a leg to initiate contact with a defender or even go down with no contact at all. The other alternative is for the player to stay on his feet. For a golfer, there is only one option.

We’re too honest to hit the deck with minimal or no contact. It would probably cost our team a few penalties if we tried to stay up, even when we were caught.

In fact, if we did tackle someone unfairly in our own area we’d probably call a penalty on ourselves…

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2) Long-distance running

There’s a reason a round takes a good few hours to complete…and it’s not because we jog from hole to hole.

We like a leisurely stroll around the course, often remarking on the quality of the course or sharing stories of great rounds from the past. Sometimes we let others play through if they’re likely to be quicker than us.

Can you imagine saying to the bloke next to you at the starting line of the 10,000m, “you run past me, mate, you’ll be quicker than me”?

Not going to happen. We’re far too accustomed to slow walks and happy to let others pass us to be the next Mo Farah.


Ernie Els tries his hand at cricket with Andrew Flintoff. Credit: David Cannon (Getty)

Ernie Els tries his hand at cricket with Andrew Flintoff. Credit: David Cannon (Getty)


3) Cricket

There are definitely aspects of golf that suit cricket. The patience required to forge a long-standing partnership in the middle is certainly in keeping with a golfer’s mindset.

However, we’d be utterly useless when it comes to sledging.

Our on-course chat often revolves around our playing partner’s errant tee shots, but it’s light-hearted. Many of us would balk at Michael Clarke’s warning to Jimmy Anderson to expect a broken arm in the 2013 winter Ashes.

The fact that we’re used to smashing balls away from us would also leave us a little hamstrung when the ball comes flying at us with vicious bounce.

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4) Rugby

Golfers can be powerful, that’s for sure. The likes of Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson can all launch the ball well over 300 yards.

However, we like to be the ones to initiate the contact. So, when a 17 stone brute comes flying at us, we’re more than likely to be sent flying the same distance as our golf balls.

We also don’t like to handle a ball unless it’s to pick it out of the hole. That means carrying one – and an oval ball at that – is something we might never adapt to.