Some golfers aren’t going to like this…

Golf is a changing. Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter showed that perfect silence is not necessary to play golf. This really is nothing special, athletes in other sports have been performing with the crowd screaming since competitions began. Why should golf be any different? As long as there is no sudden change in noise, there is no reason why you can’t perform well in this environment (sudden noise is a distraction – just think what happens if someone screams in a crowded, but silent, room). I actually think it gives you an advantage – the noise distracts you while your subconscious is free to strike the ball.

The other thing, the screaming and cheering is probably a lot better than the conversations many golfers have going on in their head. The noise should be a welcome distraction.

Many traditionalists won’t be happy but maybe this is the kind of thing needed to give golf a kick in the right direction. If nothing else, it’s refreshing to see some golfers not take things so seriously.

Check out the video below.

What are your thoughts?

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7 Comments

  • Lukey

    Reply Reply October 4, 2012

    I must admit if it is really quiet you will be distracted by sudden sound but I find with my regular playing group their is the occasional bit of chatter from time to time and it does not worry me in actual fact I think it helps my AG because I have no swing thoughts.

  • Timbo

    Reply Reply October 4, 2012

    Brilliant…..this should be incorporated onto the first tee of every tournament…possibly at each player’s discretion 🙂

  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply October 4, 2012

    I reckon the average weekend warrior would actually play better if everyone chatted amongst themselves while he played his shot. The “deathly silence” thing just makes it all seem oh so serious.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply October 4, 2012

      Agree. A little noise is real. Too many of us take things too seriously when it comes to hitting that little ball.

  • Cam280

    Reply Reply October 5, 2012

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply October 6, 2012

      As stupid as it seems, a relaxed and carefree (maybe even silly) mindset isn’t the worst thing to adopt. A few weeks ago I got to meet one of Australia’s leading learning experts. He is actually writing a book on the lessons to be learned from Caddyshack – will be very interesting to see what he comes up with.

  • Troy Vayanos

    Reply Reply October 20, 2012

    Yeah I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it at the Ryder Cup. It added a lot more atmosphere to the event and made it even more exciting for the players and fans. I have my doubts on whether it will catch on in regular season events, but I enjoyed watching it.

    I agree it might be an advantage to a lot of golfers if there was more noise. Anything to disrupt the ‘monkey chatter’ in golfers brains is definitely a good thing.

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