Playing Golf—The Health Benefits

Did you know that golf has all the ingredients for good physical and mental health? Doctors nationwide actually recommend this sport for these reasons. Here are some reasons why this popular sport is healthy: * Golf is better than working out in the gym: playing an 18-hole game burns at least 900 calories. Combine walking with the toning and muscle strengthening benefits of swinging the clubs and pulling your golf bag, and you have a great weight loss program. The average game of golf can help you burn calories by walking up to six miles. * Great for meeting new people: Golf is a great way to broaden your social network. Wherever there’s a golf course, new people are only a step away-and that means new friends who have something in common. After playing a game of golf there’s always the clubhouse for more socializing * Golf helps reduce stress levels: You’re probably wondering how the game of golf can reduce stress in your life. Here’s the thing, an active social life and regular physical activity is the key. * Golf promotes long term heart health: Golf’s formidable combination of stress relieving exercise, fresh air and companionship can help promote long term heart health. It can decrease blood pressure and elevated cholesterol and decrease your risk of stroke and diabetes – particularly if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. * It can add years to your life: Golf’s distinctive combination of outdoor exercise and social communication can help you live longer. Regular walking, such as the four hours it characteristically takes to play one round of golf, can...

Tips for the Novice Golfer Part II

•Swing …three vital steps: The three vital steps to the golf swing include the take away, impact and follow through. Each one is critical to making solid contact on the ball. Now that you’ve practiced your grip and approach, all you need to do now is to hit the ball. For a novice, it’s smart to keep your feet planted during take away and impact. Your head and upper body should remain still. As you bring the club back, try to keep your lead arm as straight as you can, rotating your hips and moving your weight to your back foot. As you come down for impact, your hips need to rotate forward while your weight shifts to your lead foot. Remember to keep your eye on the ball as you make contact and allow your hips to continue in a rotating motion. When you’re done swinging your upper torso should be facing the hole. * Take Lessons: For beginners trying to learn the game, it can be quite challenging for the body to work the way it’s supposed to. It may be smart to take a lesson or two before going out on the golf course. If you begin with the right approach and habits before you play, you may be able to circumvent some of the bad habits that early newbies have. Most golf courses have a pro shop with a golf pro that has the skills and qualifications to get you started in the right...

Tips for the Novice Golfer Part I

Golf can be quite an enterprise for someone who’s just learning the game. But, once you have learned the basics of the game, it can be a gratifying experience that can be enjoyed for years to come. Educating yourself before you start playing will help get your off the tee with a solid footing for improvement. Here are a few tips to get you started: * Watch your grip: If you’ve never golfed before you may be tempted to grab the golf club like a baseball bat. It’s important to use the right grip, as uncomfortable as it may feel. Grab the club in the palm of the hand that’s closest to the hole (this is called the lead hand). Your thumb should run along the top of the grip going down. Slide your back hand-just below your lead hand, connecting the back hand pinkie finger with the lead hand pointer finger. Your back hand thumb should run down the front of the grip, just underneath the lead hand thumb. * The Approach: The approach is important, it’s how you stand in front of the ball. You’ll want to bend your knees slightly with your upper body leaning over the ball. When you’re bending over try not to bend in a hunched position, and try not to be overly extended. Feet should be shoulder width apart. For newbies, the ball should be situated so that there is equal distance between the front and back...

Golf Gear And Buying Your First Set of Golf Clubs

If you’re new to the game of golf here’s a few things you’ll need to spend the day on the golf course. * A Cart: A cart is a definite must have …unless you want to cart your clubs around the course all day. A simple pull cart will do the job. Battery powered carts are also available but they’re pricey and not necessary unless you struggle to lug your clubs around the course by yourself. * A hat: Sun in the eyes will ruin even the best golf swing, so it’s always smart to wear a hat. * Plenty of Tees: Keep plenty of tees of varying lengths in your bag. * Spare Balls: Keep plenty of spares in your bag. * Waterproofs: If the weather looks sketchy and you still want to go golfing, then waterproofs are an awesome idea. Keep them in your bag and try to remember to dry them off before replacing them in the bag if you do end up needing them. * Golf Shoes: It’s vital to have a comfortable pair of golf shoes. Not only will they provide a steady base for your swing, but it is important that they are easy to wear. You certainly don’t want to be in pain while trying to golf a good game. Try to break your shoes in before setting out for a day of golf. Other things you may need include a towel to clean your clubs with, ball marker, pencil and sharpener, and pitch mark repair kit. If you’re buying your first set of clubs you don’t need to go broke buying...