Dom­inc Sains­bury from the NZPGA tells us why he thinks golf is the great­est game..

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENT -

As golfers we need to

all be do­ing our bit to pro­mote our game to en­sure other peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence all the ben­e­fits of our truly great game.

The Game for life

From the mo­ment I could walk, I was swing­ing a club and hit­ting balls around the back yard of my grand­par­ent's place. We con­stantly see peo­ple of all ages play­ing golf from the cra­dle to the grave.

The Game that repli­cates Life

Highs and Lows, ups and downs, both golf and life have them all, and no mat­ter how bad things seem, we push on and pre­pare for the next shot. One shot or one mo­ment makes our day, if you pre­pare prop­erly and con­trol your emo­tions you can achieve your goal in golf or life.

The Game the gov­ern­ment loves

Golfers live longer and are hap­pier peo­ple. Golf re­lated ACC in­jury claims are one of the low­est - not even fea­tur­ing in the top ten sports on ACC 2016 claims list. It is low im­pact on your body and a great way to stay fit and ac­tive.

Sport in­jury costs to ACC in 2016. 1. Rugby Union: $78,242,505 2. Foot­ball: $38,295,109 3. Fit­ness/gym: $30,552,020 4. Net­ball: $27,639,333 5. Rugby league: $19,871,754 6. Bas­ket­ball: $18,896,045 7. Moun­tain bik­ing: $14 853,034 8. Ski­ing: $16,461,223 9. Jog­ging: $8,326,841 10. Snow­board­ing: $6,533,251

The Game of equal­ity

Golf is one of the fairest games and the multi facets of the game mean any­one can be great at cer­tain as­pects of the game, putting, chip­ping, pitch­ing are all areas that re­quire fi­nesse and feel, with good tech­nique and prac­tice al­most any­one can be com­pe­tent in these areas.

The Game for all

Played by over 32 mil­lion peo­ple in over 190 coun­tries, golf is an in­ter­na­tional lan­guage. Golf is boom­ing in emerg­ing mar­kets and a great game to so­cially con­nect with peo­ple who share a com­mon in­ter­est.

The Game for the fam­ily

More and more cour­ses are now chil­dren and fam­ily friendly, the or­chard 9 at the new Wainui Golf Course in Auck­land is a great way a fam­ily can play golf to­gether with each hole be­ing about 100 me­ters in length. The fam­ily that plays to­gether stays to­gether.

The Game of in­tegrity

No ref­eree, just a rule book and penal­ties that each golfer ad­min­is­ters them­selves. Golf is a game that pro­motes hon­esty and re­spect amongst com­peti­tors, with play­ers help­ing each other when a ball needs to be looked for, si­lence when a player is tak­ing a shot and hand shakes at the end of the round. Golf is one of the few unique sports where a Pro­fes­sional and an ev­ery­day week­end war­rior can play to­gether on the same course with no hold­ing back, not only can you play the same course, you get 4 hours to dis­cuss what makes the pro­fes­sional tick, al­most ev­ery PGA tour event has a part­ner­ship Pro-am. This does not hap­pen in many other sports as you sim­ply get hurt or left be­hind, imag­ine play­ing full con­tact rugby with the All Blacks or rac­ing a sec­tion of the tour de France with Chris Froom.

All sports are good but only golf is truly great!

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