^^ Great post.
At the risk of making this appear like a discussion between me & Mox, I think she points out a few of the misconceptions non-golfers have about our sport. Mox was shocked when I told her that golfers toss out f-bombs & drink beer while playing. She had this impression of this prissy, rich folks only sport where they drink tea with their pinkies out and all that. I was glad I was able to get her out there so she could see differently what really happens. And we did catch two great playing partners - Bob, who I have played with a few times, doesn't care how he plays - he's just happy to be out there. He pops a couple in the water and goes and sits in the cart. Danny is a real friendly caddie.
But we all know our sport is loaded with Bobs and Dannys. None of us go out there to be miserable or to act all that.
So I think we have a challenge, to prove to the Moxies of the world that we're just dudes & dudettes who love golf, and to expose it to as many people as we can.
Now, to counter her points:
1. You can spend as much coin as you want on this game. A $100 craigslist set or a $2k set of custom-made AP-2 blades...whatever.
2. We ain't snobs! We're just people.
3. It is too damn hard. But you don't have to torture yourself. It's supposed to be fun. Be like Bob - if you hit a couple of bad shots just pick up. The world will keep turning & nobody will gasp.