Michael Jordan Once Explained Why He Loves Golf So Much: ‘It’s Like Playing in a Mirror. And You’re Battling Yourself Consistently to Try to Get Perfection’

Published 12/29/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 25, 2021 Michael Jordan watches the action by the 11th green during the Four-balls REUTERS/Mike Segar


Everything has that moment that changes things forever. You either realize what keeps you attached to it and stick with it, or you ascertain it’s not meant for you. However, golf is not like other sports; you either love it, or you don’t. On the topic, Michael Jordan once revealed what keeps him hooked to golf, and we couldn’t relate more.

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28 April 2010: NBA great and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan during the Pro-Am of the Quail Hollow Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Keane/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

Golf.com created a compilation of ‘what was your falling-for-golf moment‘, which includes stories by golf stars like Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy, and, of course, retired NBA star, Michael Jordan. Let’s take a look at what he said-

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In an interview with Golf Channel during this year’s Ryder Cup, Michael Jordan opened up about this topic. He said, “I kind of got into golf mainly because, from a competitive standpoint, to me, it is the hardest game to play. I can always respond to an opponent, a defensive guy, an offensive guy, whatever, but in golf, it’s like playing in a mirror.”

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“And you’re battling yourself consistently to try to get perfection. Every swing, every putt. For a competitive person like me, this is what keeps me sane, you know, because when I walk away from the game of basketball, you know, that was enough to keep my competitive juices working,” he delved deeper into the topic.

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 24, 2021 Michael Jordan watches by the 11th green during the Four-balls REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

He reveals what he does during his game, to prep himself. He said, “Now when I don’t have that game, this game, and it even drives me crazy then. Now I go fishing in between my golf because I got to show patience in fishing that’s going to be relative to golf.”

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Everything he said was true, indeed. Can you tell us why you love the game of golf?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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