Moving about on a large grassed field and plotting the strategic pathways of a small white sphere, as it seeks to visit eighteen holes of golf in the least number of strokes is a thinking person’s pastime. This is no off the cuff performance. This is no mad charge up a rugby field. This is no micro-managed pool table. This is life at large upon the big stage; equipped with fourteen sturdy clubs with which to do battle with a largely unseen foe. Practice swings are the stuff of wishful thinking. The only real go you have at it must be strictly counted each time on a scorecard kept in pocket.
Golf is the Thinking Person’s Pastime
You may wear gabardine or tartan knickerbockers. Or, you may prefer hot pink shorts and a Lycra top. Alternatively, you may follow a more conservative route and dress in slacks with a bright white belt. On your head you may wear a cap or a pork pie hat. Sun visors are so passé. The Tam o’ shanter suggests another era altogether. Upon your feet you will likely don some soft spiked shoes to give you better grip. You may choose to wear a single glove on your non-preferred hand.
Despite these eccentric foibles in dress, you are quite likely to profess traditional views about the world. Your opinions about men and women and whether they should play together are firmly held. Gripping a shaft is considered by some sexes to be a masculine pursuit, but familiarity with this important task has often led to better levels of communication between the sexes. Golf accessories are numerous and very popular gifts. Tees that do things differently, magnetic ball markers, shapely pitch mark repairers, gizmos that enable restricted participants to fetch the ball out of the hole are all widely supported.
Promotional golf items are extremely popular with corporate businesses who wish to brand each and every ball, shirt, bag and cap. Associating the thinking person’s game with this company or that is seen to be a step in the right direction. Golfers, we are reliably informed, spend more money on their pastime than most others. They may even purchase a motorised buggy to transport them around the course. This vehicle is equipped with multiple orifices for clubs and balls, cups and sand buckets, GPS devices and hand held laser beams. Golf is an obsessive niche pastime and its adherents spend large chunks of time perfecting swings and putts. Passionate discussions about greenkeeping and their speeds are not infrequent indulgences to be heard voiced aloud inside drinking establishments, especially at the nineteenth hole.