Have you always wanted to try golfing, but never actually gotten around to it? You’re not alone. There are plenty of people who want to try the beautiful game, but are intimidated for one reason or another. Well, we’re here to tell you why you can’t possibly go another summer without giving golf a try.
Anyone Can Do It
Golfers come in all shapes and sizes (see Exhibit A below: professional golfer John Daly). You don’t have to be big or strong to be good at golf, so even if you don’t consider yourself athletic you could wind up being a great golfer.
— Baltimore Sun Sports (@BaltSunSports) June 1, 2017
It’s A Great Work Out
Every single swing will work your arms, shoulders, and entire core. Plus, if you ditch the cart you’ll walk an average of 8 kilometres during a 18-hole course. That will burn upwards of 800 calories, for those keeping track, and you won’t even realize you’re doing it. Win-win!
The Scenery Is Usually (OK, Always) Gorgeous
4-plus hours outside, with some of the most stunning views and scenery you can imagine. What’s not to like about that?
It’s Proven To Relieve Stress
Studies have proven that just being outside is good for your mental well being. “Green exercise” (exercise done outside) can improve self esteem while reducing anxiety and stress levels. Golf combines all of those important elements to help your mental health – think about it, have you ever seen a sad person on the golf course?
Golf Could Prolong Your Life
According to researchers in the UK, golf could prolong your life expectancy by up to 5 years. A major study found that regularly playing golf can reduce the risk of more than 40 chronic diseases including breast cancer and diabetes, and balance and muscle endurance in older people are improved by playing golf.
It’s Actually Really (Really!) Fun
Any avid golfer will tell you that their worst day on the course is better than their best day at the office, and this statement couldn’t be more true. The social aspect of golf, combined with the physical and mental challenges of the game make it one addiction that is worth having.