Is Golfing A Valid Form of Exercise?

For all of my retired readers, it is likely that you are probably going to have a golfing trip planned soon. I can’t believe that I didn’t play more golf growing up, my father was a big fan of the sport and would regularly have it on our television screen. For some reason, I always found the sport to be incredibly boring, until video games had their say. One of the things that always interested me was my father’s golf video game. During this time, video games were not the amazing marvels of technology that we see today. Back then, the graphics weren’t as good but I loved watching my dad play his golf video game and soon I wanted to get in on this experience. I remember that, at first, me and my dad would play games against each other, most of the time I think that he let me win but I would soon get better.

Soon, I was able to have some close golf matches with my dad, even getting to win a couple of times, without being helped. I had quickly built up a small ego about good I would be if we took our rivalry out on a real golf course. I remember pulling up to the driving range because my dad had told me that this would be the best way to get actual experience, before we loaded up a golf cart and actually played 9 or 18 holes. The suggestion that my father made to me did make perfect sense and as we walked up to our area of the driving range, I was prepared to impress him. As I took what would be my first and last swing of golf in a public place, I heard an unmistakable dinging noise and knew what I had done.

As I continued to watch my golf shot, I saw the half of the club that I had accidentally drove right into the metal golf bag stand and watched the shrapnel fly across the range. Thankfully, I didn’t hear anyone laughing at me and I was sure that no one had seen it, except for my dad who was now laughing harder than I had ever heard him do so previously. Needless to say, I had decided that an early retirement from the sport of golfing would best for me, as those clubs can get expensive to replace. Speaking from personal experience, golf is definitely a viable way to get some exercise in. For one, in golfing, you have the option to walk the length of the course, which is great for completing some cardio. It might not sound like much, but every single time that you swing your golf club, you are engaging in a form of physical training. Is golf the best way in the world to exercise?

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No, but that doesn’t mean that, for millions of people that love it, golfing shouldn’t be included as a way for them to stay in shape. Between being outside, walking around, and getting some great conversation and a game in at the same time, it just stand to reason that golf has far too many benefits associated with it, to simply be written off as a game. Having known many who are regulars to get out on the greens during the weekends, it is seen as a enjoyable way to not only lower their golfing strokes but also to get a little cardio done, while they have a great time!