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Golf makes pool seem like Childs play. - 08-24-2004, 08:23 AM

I thought that title might get your attention!

I thought it might be fun to discuss and compare the two. I don't think a planed argument can be called flaming so let's go at it. I'll start. If you haven't played both, feel free to chime in. Then I'll really have someone to tell that they don't know what they are talking about!

I haven't played golf in a while but when I was playing regularly I was a 6 handicap. I'd call that a very good armature. My pool skill I'd put in about the same range, a very good armature. I've been involved in several discussions about this question and I'm not really convinced either way. Since there are mostly pool players here, I'll take the golf side. Golf is more difficult than Pool!

I'll start out with a few points.

1. The physical aspect of golf. Take a trip to the driving range on an 85 degree(F) day, hit two large buckets of balls in about two hours and tell me you don't need a shower. (I know the pros can do it, but it still shows the physical side. (I always liked to grunt and fart when I hit the golf ball, thus I didn't go to the driving range much.)

2. How many moving part of the body are there in a pool swing? In golf I believe there is only one joint that doesn't move. For a right hander that would be his left elbow.

There, that should get things started. Need ideas? The first opposing writer could go into depth about the fact that in pool, every shot must go into the hole.


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08-24-2004, 08:28 AM

Since I have never played Cow Pasture Pool before, I cannot go into any depth. I want to try it some day. Maybe if I can get my cue fitted as a driver?? :-)
  
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08-24-2004, 08:36 AM

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Since I have never played Cow Pasture Pool before, I cannot go into any depth. I want to try it some day. Maybe if I can get my cue fitted as a driver?? :-)

Go for it Phylbert. You play pool so you must enjoy frustration. Believe me, you don't understand what the word 'frustration' means until you take up golf.


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08-24-2004, 08:47 AM

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Go for it Phylbert. You play pool so you must enjoy frustration. Believe me, you don't understand what the word 'frustration' means until you take up golf.


Fortunately, I don't get easily frustrated. I do not aspire to be a worldbeater. I love to play and play very well - for a girl.

I do know many pool players who also love to play golf. Seems like it would sort of relieve frustration when you can hit something as hard as you can and make it fly! Can't do THAT in the pool room!!!

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08-24-2004, 08:56 AM

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... Seems like it would sort of relieve frustration when you can hit something as hard as you can and make it fly! Can't do THAT in the pool room!!!

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billiard vs. golf - 08-24-2004, 09:02 AM

Did you ever lose a golf match without getting a shot.
  
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08-24-2004, 09:03 AM

I was thinking about this the other day when someone mentioned using something called a "stimpmeter" to measure the speed of the cloth on a pool table. I searched for "stimpmeter" and saw that it was used for golf to determine the speed of the turf...

And we complain about the speed of the cloth on various tables, say not to place a table outside, control the temperature and humidity of the pool room, etc.

I can just imagine the variations in turf even on the same golf course, not to mention changes in weather, etc.

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08-24-2004, 09:06 AM

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Seems like it would sort of relieve frustration when you can hit something as hard as you can and make it fly! Can't do THAT in the pool room!!!

I can! You should see some of my breaks.
  
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I can! You should see some of my breaks.

Well, come to think of it. I guess you're right. The limitation is when it hits the wall - or someone else. I will be sure to stand behind you during the break if you get to my room!!

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Why not compare Tennis, baseball, football, basketball and horseshoes to Pool? Why just stop at golf? If you want to compare apples to oranges you might as well bring in race car driving as well!
  
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08-24-2004, 09:17 AM

I must agree, golf is harder than pool. My handicap, besides my driving, putting, chipping, long ands short irons, and the beer cart, is about 20. I take pride in feeling like I can shoot below 100 anywhere I go. I played a round back in May at a course in Las Vegas with a friend of mine and I shot 95 and beat him by 3 strokes. He was the one talking shit for years about how good he was and how bad he was going to beat me, in a friendly way, but he had a disastrous day. I think he plays better than that, but who knows. I just know what I shoot and when people say they shoot in the low 80's or high 70's, I gotta see it. My oldest brother is a 6 and my nephew is scratch and when I played with them, whoa!, it was cool. I once saw my nephew hit a shot from about 185 yards and slam dunkit in the hole, on the fly! He was 14 then, now he's 22. But, I get revenge on the pool table or in the bowling alley with them. Anyway, that's my opinion about the 2 games, for what it's worth. Peace.
  
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08-24-2004, 09:17 AM

3. Golf - the only game that you can make the 'perfect shot' (hole in one) and it still counts against you.


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08-24-2004, 09:44 AM

Both are hard. I like both. Golf is harder. Golf requires all the precision of pool and much more athleticism and endurance. Golf is 3 games. The putting game, the chipping and pitching game, and the power game. Putting and chipping require a lot of precision and touch. You need a precise grooved stroke in putting which is the skill most comparable to pool. But then you have to hit it on the green to putt. Hitting a golf ball decently is a very hard skill. It requires strength, flexibility, coordination, and timing.

Also, golf is a walking game. So you have to do precise physical motions after walking several miles up and down hills and dales. If you are in a cart, sorry, it isn't golf. Golf is played on foot in less than 3.5 hours, not in buggies in 5 as is now the acepted practice in too many places. The cart should be banned except for those with real physical disabilities that prevent them from walking.
  
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Golf is harder physically, but pool is much much much harder mentally.....
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08-24-2004, 10:00 AM

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I thought that title might get your attention!

I thought it might be fun to discuss and compare the two. I don't think a planed argument can be called flaming so let's go at it. I'll start. If you haven't played both, feel free to chime in. Then I'll really have someone to tell that they don't know what they are talking about!

I haven't played golf in a while but when I was playing regularly I was a 6 handicap. I'd call that a very good armature. My pool skill I'd put in about the same range, a very good armature. I've been involved in several discussions about this question and I'm not really convinced either way. Since there are mostly pool players here, I'll take the golf side. Golf is more difficult than Pool!

I'll start out with a few points.

1. The physical aspect of golf. Take a trip to the driving range on an 85 degree(F) day, hit two large buckets of balls in about two hours and tell me you don't need a shower. (I know the pros can do it, but it still shows the physical side. (I always liked to grunt and fart when I hit the golf ball, thus I didn't go to the driving range much.)

2. How many moving part of the body are there in a pool swing? In golf I believe there is only one joint that doesn't move. For a right hander that would be his left elbow.

There, that should get things started. Need ideas? The first opposing writer could go into depth about the fact that in pool, every shot must go into the hole.
First time I played golf was a few years ago, and I played a pro. I was so tired and frustrated after one match and I've never come back to try again.



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