I just got into an argument with a friend of mine over which is harder, Boxing or Golf. As an ardent supporter of the sweet science I say boxing and, honestly, can’t comprehend why anyone would even debate the subject. I told him so, albeit with a somewhat more colloquial vocabulary than I’m using now.
The argument ended with him saying “…you ask a hundred people and I’ll ask a hundred people.” So here I am doing just that. In the spirit of objectivity, I’ll outline below the arguments for and against each one. I also invite any members of the Golf section of Bleacher Report to participate in this poll so as not to be accused of biased polling.
For: Boxing is commonly held as the most difficult sport out there. It requires all aspects of physical ability, coordination, stamina, strength, endurance, agility, and timing. Boxers also need to be in the most supreme physical condition, even at the amateur level.
The mastery of the sport is also very difficult. The nuances of defense and footwork are too subtle and intricate to put into words and even after training for many years, a fighter may never fully understand them.
Against: Boxing is legalized violence. It is a base sport, and although the art of boxing is difficult to learn, cavemen like Marciano and Foreman who had only the smallest understanding of the sport found success through brute strength.
For: Golf is not a game of adaptation, but consistency. To perform at the highest level requires consistency and focus. Also the task of sinking the ball in the hole is no small feat. Golfing has been marginalized as a sport, but in reality it demands a mental focus and a high level of hand-eye coordination. Any slight mistake could result in catastrophe.
Also, professional golfers must walk the entire course, each match. Several hours, several miles, in the beating sun or pouring rain, three consecutive days is not easy. Although it doesn’t demand the same level of anaerobic conditioning as other sports, an overweight, out-of-shape individual could not do it.
Against: Golf is a leisure activity that barely qualifies as a sport. The physical demands of contact and combat sports are far greater and although hitting a golf ball is a skill, that’s all it could ever be. A simple skill.
Well that’s what I’ve come up with. You guys decide.