AcidRock23 wrote:Madison wrote:AcidRock23 wrote:I like tennis more than golf b/c 1) it is free
It can be quite expensive though. I haven't played in years, but good rackets were going for $200-$300 in my day (and I carried 6 indentical rackets), plus stringing them at $20-$30 per string (and I broke several strings daily/weekly), "fresh" tennis balls at $3 per can since they go flat over time/use, plus shoes wear out in no time flat (soles get burned down to nothing), etc, etc, etc.
I never thought of tennis as a "free" sport.
Compared to golf it is practically free. A nice driver can set you back as much as a posh raquet...and you are not even on the green yet. Golf balls are like $20 a dozen for ok balls and I have not ever played at a tennis court where hitting the ball into a lake, into the woods or into deep grass was an issue. Then there's a glove and shoes (at least you can wear tennis shoes around town...) and you still haven't hit the course.
Most of the time, a round of golf will run at least $30 and I live in the boondocks in Champaign. When I've golfed in Chicago, $50-75 is about entry level. Golf also smokes lots of time on the weekend and then, after being out on the course for four or five hours, you get home and you are 1/2 schlitzed (beer girls, @ $5.00/ can...) and about ready for a nap, while your wife has been stalking around the house looking for chores OR has been out shopping, blowing more money on top of what you blew. Yikes.
Tennis, once you have the stuff, it lasts a while, other than a can of balls every couple of sessions. I don't bother getting my raquet restrung these days. We even have a grass court locally that you can generally walk on to.
True, golf is a ton more expensive. No disagreement or arguement here.
However, it's kinda like saying a Porche costs money, while a Lexus is free. Not quite accurate.