Golf is an age old sport, but still, some people have a tough time picking it up because of its challenging nature. You can’t just pick up a set of clubs, head out on the course and shoot a par on the day. But everybody loves a challenge, right? So for all of you out there looking into doing something different this summer, golf might be just what you’re looking for. Here are five reasons why you should pick up golf this summer.
#1: Golfers live longer
You read it right, golfers live longer—it’s science. Researchers have found evidence that playing golf on a regular basis significantly add to your life span. One study done by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that golfers live on average five years longer than non-golfers. Not only can you greatly reduce risk factors of heart disease and stroke, but you can also reap the mental benefits including increased self-esteem. If that isn’t an excuse to pick up a set of clubs and hit the links, then I don’t know what is!
#2: The scenery
Your local golf club might not look anything like Augusta National. However, the passion that is golf will allow you to travel to every corner of the globe and take in the breathtaking views that our planet has to offer. Nourishing the passion, you might find yourself teeing-off from the shores of the North Sea at the legendary St Andrews Golf Club. But keep in mind that no matter where you decide to hit the links, the simple fact of taking in the great outdoors will always be one of the greatest perks the sport has to offer.
#3: Golf is a timeless sport
Another great perk of golf is that it can be played by everyone, no matter their age. Golfers of all generations are welcome at most golf clubs, allowing families to get active together on weekends. Most of all, getting started early is the key to becoming successful in golf. Starting early with the family will ensure consistent development over. Best of all, you can find used golf clubs at great prices, to get top of the line equipment for the whole family without breaking the bank.
#4: Get creative
There has been a recent breath of fresh air on the golf scene. The younger players are taking over the scene with their stylish looks. Just look at the Bryson Dechambeau sporting his signature beret, or even Rickie Fowler, the not so young anymore golfer has been blessing the Tour with his flashy attire for more than a decade. But creativity is not only limited to the youth. Any golf fan remembers the ingenuity of Bubba Watson on that famous shot from the pines on his way to his second Masters.
#5: Make new friends
For most of us, it’s always a little awkward at first when you show up to the clubhouse only to learn your pairing has been matched with another pairing to complete the foursome. Generally, you chat with regular partner and simply try to keep up with the other duo. But when you are lucky, you end up getting paired with the right people and you can even struck a friendship with said partners. In an even better world, you can possibly meet the people that will become your golf partners for life. If we all get along out there, we can all be friends and enjoy the greatest sport on earth together.
There is no doubt that after reading those five reasons, you will definitely pickup the great sport that is golf. Like every passion, you have to nurture it and dedicate yourself in order to find success. The amount of effort you will put into perfecting the craft will be even more satisfactory when the results show up on the score sheet. Finally, don’t forget the sunscreen! Nobody likes to putt with a bad sunburn behind the neck.
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