Study reveals golf among sports people play longest


A new study has revealed the sports that people stick at the longest, with golf coming in third place.

The research, which surveyed 6,435 different people, was carried out by in a bid to discover what sports were most likely to keep its participants engaged.

Those who took part were asked which sports they have taken up in the past and for how many weeks they maintained training.

Experts at advise that when taking on a new sport, you should train three times a week for six months (26 weeks) in order to reach an amateur level.

• R&A to team up with Modest! Golf

• Plans in place to resurrect closed Scottish golf club

The research revealed that yoga is the sport people are most likely to stick to the longest. It is believed this is because the relaxation and self-reflection reached through training has made yoga notoriously good for both your mental and physical wellbeing.

In second place is football. Its global popularity and team spirit means first-time players commonly surpass amateur status, spending an average of 39 weeks dedicated to the sport, 13 weeks longer than estimated to complete amateur training (150%).

• Senior Tour pro bemoans cancelled season

Following on from football is golf, with new learners training for an average of 37 weeks, exceeding their amateur training by 42%. Golf is followed by tennis, netball and ice-skating with new learners exceeding amateur training by an average of 34%.

• New coach but no gear deal for former world No.1 also found that 61% of people give up on a sport before amateur status. Of those, 33% claim a lack of motivation is the primary reason, whilst 25% feel they do not have the time to maintain training.

However, of the 39% who stick to sports, they admitted to feeling motivated by increasing their fitness (39%) and the enjoyment of training (31%), whilst 22% aspire to compete.

This study was carried out by

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
play button
TaylorMade Stealth vs Callaway Rogue ST | 2022 DRIVER BATTLE
play button
Is this red carbon face faster? | TaylorMade Stealth driver REVIEWED!
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Saudi International to be shown on free-to-air TV
Rory McIlroy: ‘I felt like I needed to be a different person’
Sky Sports extends deal to show DP World Tour and Ryder Cup
Luke Donald expresses interest in Ryder Cup captaincy
"Piece of sh*t f****ng set-up" - Jon Rahm rages at low scoring

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Denis Pugh’s ball striking tips
play button
How to hit the ball straighter with Denis Pugh
play button
Improve your posture
play button
Keep your left arm straight
See all videos right arrow