Many sports have distinctive sounds associated with them. For those who have participated or watched, the sounds are a big part of the experience. Heard at the moment of success, they remain locked in our minds for all time.
As you read the list below, close your eyes and listen to the sound you recall from that sport, your sport. Can you hear them?
Baseball or softball – crack of the bat striking the ball solidly
Bowling – pins rattling as they scramble and fall when the ball hits them
Hunting – hunting dogs baying with excitement as they pursue their game
Tennis – racket strings pinging against the ball in a solid serve
Golf – distinctive plop of the ball into the cup after making a putt
Diving – springs recoiling as the board flexes and bounces
Fishing – zipping sound of the drag on the reel when a fish is hooked
Car Racing – roaring of engines as cars pass the stands
Horse Racing – hooves pounding the ground down the home stretch
Basketball – net strings singing as the ball falls through them
Football – the roar of the crowd as a big play happens
Proof of the importance of these sounds is found in the investment that television networks make in capturing and broadcasting them. An oversized microphone is manned and located near the action or small microphones are placed near the source of these sounds.
We are given five senses at birth. Those who employ all of them find life to be much richer.