Football and golf are wildly different sports, there’s no doubt about it.
From team vs. solo play and the attire of the game to the pace of play and the pitch of the sounds around you, there are many elements that separate. But it’s also worth looking at the similarities of the two games to understand them better.
To start, golf and football are both games in which mental fitness means a lot.
Both sports are played outside in most weather conditions, which can affect the outcome of play. The right equipment also matters in both cases, as does pinpoint accuracy. But to drill down a little further, I would argue that the similarities really come down to the following:
The development of tactics to overcome the opposition is key.
- Tactical discipline.
Golfers and football players must make a game plan and stick to it.
- Knowledge of the rules.
Missteps with the rules of the game can wreak havoc on a football field and in a golfer’s game.
- Technical skills.
The technical skills required for excellence in both games requires constant drilling and attention. There’s no getting away from it!
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Dr. Bob Rotella said that golf is not a game of perfect, and I agree.
But longtime football coach Vince Lombardi may have said it best: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” Ready to give it a go? Come see me!
By Doug Weaver, Director of Instruction, Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy
Carolina’s PGA Teacher of the Year, Doug Weaver is the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. He conducts “Where Does the Power Come From?” a free interactive clinic and demonstration every Monday from 4-5 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Volunteer for a free lesson and some will win prizes! Call 866-455-6890 or go to www.palmettodunes.com for more information.