If a thing is worth doing, G. K. Chesterton wrote in 1910, it is worth doing it badly. He was defending the amateur against the professional, championing the rights of the average man or woman who does a wide variety of things out of love rather than one thing out of ambitious professionalism. And if there is any other sport in America in which most people, including me, play badly, it is golf. But many of us, including me, do it for love. That said, I did ask a clerk if they stocked women's golf gloves that have a special cutout for your engagement ring.
"Ugh," he said. "We don't stock those. Please."
In some senses, it is still a man's sport.
Charles Dickens and G. K. Chesterton
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