Mondays With Mike Bradshaw: Golf Withstands Test of Time & Coronavirus
So baseball finally kicked-off its’ season this past week and NBA basketball will begin in earnest on Thursday–good to see those games filling up the evening hours on the TV screen.
But they are a “world” different than in past seasons. “Bubbles”, masks, cardboard cut-out fans in the Monster seats, Canadian baseball teams playing home games in New York, American hockey teams all playing in Canada.
Golf at the highest levels has changed a bit as well but other than the absence of fans, it all still looks the same.
Naturally a socially-distanced sport, golf has definitely had to make the least adjustments in order to hold its’ season.
We see it here at the grassroots-level as well. Yes, you have to leave the flag in, and the rakes are in the golf cars, but the essence of the game is the same.
Maybe it’s because of centuries of tradition. More likely it’s because of the inherent lonely nature of the game.
Player, club, ball, hole–those four added together create the game. Add in a sprinkle of competition, a dash of camaraderie, and two cups of difficulty and that’s the recipe.
It makes a game that withstands the tests of time.
And, in this year specifically, still comes out swinging (pun totally intended) with and/or better than the rest of them….