Health benefits of Golfing

Joshua Dalsimer

Joshua Dalsimer

I won't lie. The highlight of my PGA trip this year was the VIP club with a full mini bar and italian ice. Our family friends worked at the golf club that hosted the PGA so we not only went to the outing for free, but had access to the indoor club as well. So I'm sitting there enjoying my italian ice in 100 degree weather, not having a clue who was in the lead and definitely not identifying notable athletes whom the crowd embraced throughout the match. The guy carrying the clubs and last year's PGA champion could walk right past me and I wouldn't know the difference. But after the summer event, I got into playing golf, really giving it the respectable time it needs to appreciate the sport. Playing golf has helped me develop an unbelievable level of patience and skill, while having fun in a stress-free environment. 

 Golf is one of the most frustrating sports in the world, but it can be the most rewarding. Aside from being a low-risk injury sport, it is especially useful to learn on a social level and in the business sphere. It is a common misconception that because golf does not follow typical sports fashion in terms of constant running, it does not shed calories or improve fitness. On the contrary, you can engage in an active workout, but with a nice collared shirt and polo shorts. 

The reason why the sport can prove to be challenging for beginners is because of the mental aspect of the game. A lot of people go to the driving range and their objective is to hit the ball with as much power as possible (I am one of those people), but unlike baseball, it is more about the technique. It requires a high level of patience and persistence as you begin to develop your skills and embrace the meticulous preparation prior to getting your swing down. Following suit with the mental stimulation, tallying score cards and developing hand-eye coordination will keep your mind sharp and improve cognitive functions. 

It is a sport intertwined with leisure, good company, and a few cocktails (post game, of course) so it makes it that much more time worthy. It is great at any age because there is not a huge risk of injury with a non-contact sport. It primarily focuses on coordination and accuracy, which fine tunes logical thinking and strategizing. However, you are still moving more than you think. All that walking up and down the golf course with a heavy bag of clubs can work up a sweat. In addition to that, pivoting your body and swinging the ball develops upper body and core strength. It has a great balance between staying engaged through physical activity that stimulates your body, while leaning away from the threat of severe injuries. 

It can improve your vision. If you're like half of America and watched in amazement as Steph Curry drained a 9 inch ball into the net numerous times every night, you wouldn't believe the vision that golf requires. The little white ball is slightly over 1 inch and it's incredibly difficult to see, requiring good vision to hit it far and maintain accuracy. Vision will be improved as golfers must key into small targets from a long distance. Also, the intense preparation before swinging challenges hand-eye coordination as the person should not take their eyes off of the ball until it leaves the tee.

You are covering large acres of land and in a hilly terrain; get ready to do a lot of walking in the beating sun. You will burn more calories if you carry your own clubs and at the end of the day, you can enjoy a nice scotch knowing that you burned up to 1000 calories in one game. The exercise will keep your heart rate up, increasing blood flow and reducing risk of heart disease and other sicknesses. 

Aside from gaining the attention of your CEO, who most likely owns 10 different sets and a personalized golf cart, do it for the improvement in your personal life on a fitness and social level. Although the golf clubs can get a little pricey, it's a sport you will be playing for the rest of your life so it is worth the investment and time.