GET INTO GOLF
This increasingly popular sport is a powerhouse of all the core ingredients that doctors recommend for optimum physical and mental well being. Here’s how…
It’s better than a fast and furious gym session
Golf burns more calories than you’d think: playing an 18-hole game of golf burns at least 900 calories. Golf also combines all the known weight-loss benefits of walking combined with the toning and muscle strengthening benefits of swinging the clubs and carrying or pulling your golf bag. During the average game of golf you can walk up to five miles
Brings people closer together
Golf is a great way to meet new people – especially if you have recently moved into a new area or town. Wherever there’s a golf course, a host of potential new friendships awaits you; friendships that are likely to flourish, thanks to the atmosphere of the game itself and the ready-made social life at the clubhouse afterwards.
It helps combat stress
“Golf really does tick all the boxes for things you need for optimal wellbeing,” says psychologist and coach Miriam Akhtar from www.positivepsychologytraining.co.uk . “It offers some important feel-good factors, such as an active social life and regular physical activity of the best kind – what we call ‘green exercise’ outside in nature.”
It’s good for your heart
Golf’s powerful combination of stress-busting exercise, fresh air and camaraderie can help promote long term heart health. It can reduce blood pressure and raised cholesterol and cut your risk of stroke and diabetes – especially if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle
It can help you live longer
Golf’s unique combination of outdoor exercise and social interaction can help you live a longer, healthier life. Playing golf can help you live longer – and make those extra years healthier. Indeed, playing the sport can increase your life expectancy by up to five years, according to a study from the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden. Regular walking, such as the four hours it typically takes to play a round of golf, can also help ward off dementia.
GOLF MYTHS BUSTED!
Is something putting you off playing golf? What you think you know may not be the case after all…
Myth 1 – You have to buy loads of expensive equipment.
Golf clubs don’t cost as much as some people think. You can get a decent half set of clubs for the same price as a pair of Predator football boots, speak to our Shop to see how they can help you get started.
Myth 2 – Golf takes all day to play.
Golf can take no longer than any other hobby or pastime, there are quicker ways to play the game that fit in with busy lifestyles in which two hours is now the span for most leisure activities such as going to the cinema, dinning out, playing tennis, bowling, going to the gym.
Time for Nine?
The average round of 18 holes of golf takes four hours. However, you can play just 9 holes which takes half the time fitting conveniently into a busy schedule or ideal for after work. 9-hole rounds are compatible with the Rules of Golf and the handicap system.
Don’t let time constraints put you off playing golf, nine holes is fine as less really does mean more…
Even quicker is our seven hole option that conveniently finishes at the clubhouse. Play seven holes in an hour!
Myth 3 – You have to join a ‘members-only’ club and there’ll be a waiting list.
Waiting lists are pretty much a thing of the past and clubs are more welcoming than ever. We offer good value ‘pay and play’ options and can play 7 holes for £7. We are friendly and flexible! When you are ready you can join as a Member which costs less than £10/week and less if you are under 30 or over 70. Click here if you are considering being a Member
Myth 4 – You need a handicap to play golf.
No, you don’t. You need one if you want to play in formal competitions, but not if you’re just playing with friends.
Myth 5 – Golf is a difficult game to play.
It’s actually quite simple to pick up. A couple of visits to the driving range and you’ll soon be hitting the ball. You’ll need to practice to get good, of course, but that’s where the fun is!
Myth 6 – Golf is a game for fuddy-duddies.
What do Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, Jessica Alba and David Beckham have in common, apart from being famous? They all play golf. And it’s a fact that more schoolchildren than ever before are trying out the sport.
NINE HOLES – ALL THE FUN IN HALF THE TIME!
LEARNING TO PLAY
Sometimes getting started can be the hardest part about learning anything new. Before you book your first lesson it is a good idea to establish the following so that you can choose the right environment and the most appropriate venue in which to learn:
- Do you want to play golf for social or business reasons, perhaps both?
- Are you looking for basic instruction or would you rather go straight onto the course with your friends and work the rest out later?
- Do you want to learn as part of a group of beginners and meet new people?
- Do you want to get good fast?
Getting lessons from your local PGA professional can often be a great way to learn the basics. The more lessons you get and the more time you put into your practice can often have an impact on how quickly you develop as a player.
Learning in groups is a great way to meet other people who may be starting off like you.
Contact our PGA Professional Neil McNulty to see how he can help you to Get Into Golf – 07393 960997 or 028 8772 7485.
SIX REASONS WHY WOMEN SHOULD START PLAYING GOLF NOW.
Looking for a new challenge? Want to get healthy and active? Keen to meet more friends or spend quality time with your partner – and wondering which sport fits the bill?
Golf offers all these benefits and more. It’s such an adaptable sport that it suits all players, whatever their age, fitness level or ability. So whether you want to keep healthy, burn calories or spend time with friends, golf is for you…
Friendship & Support
Chatting as you walk between holes, a glass of wine in the clubhouse afterwards and plenty of people keen to join you for a game – golf has to be the most social sport ever invented. With plenty of time for conversation and fun, golf is the perfect way to make new friends or grow closer bonds with people you already know. The sport’s unique handicap scoring system means that players of all levels can play together either socially or competitively.
Golf can help keep you active, burn calories, stay in shape, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and research shows it may even help you live longer. You can walk around 4-5 miles in the average game of golf, burn at least 900 calories and will take more than 10,000 steps, you will easily achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week recommended by the NHS to keep healthy.
Golf is also a great way to keep your Vitamin D levels topped up. Crucial for health and wellbeing, vitamin D is manufactured naturally by our body when skin is exposed to sunlight. Exercising outdoors is a scientifically-proven way to help improve your mood, stress levels and self-esteem. Rather than being a chore, golf is fun too – so you will find it easier to make exercise an enjoyable, lifelong habit. It’s a sport with a winning combination of fresh air, stunning natural scenery, friendship and fitness.
“It’s a great sport for women because it keeps you fit, you’re outdoors and you get to come to amazing places,” says the actress Denise van Outen
Keep your bones healthy
One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture due to weak bones. Playing golf can help build strong bones and help guard against the bone-wasting disease osteoporosis through its brisk walking and swinging action.
Golf can open the door to a great lifestyle giving you unique access to beautiful locations and golf clubs – many with restaurants and health clubs as well as the greens. There’s always fun and friendships available through the club and many have shops where you can pick up the latest golfing equipment and fashions.
Golf can be competitive and personal challenge: you can compete at club, county and national level. You can also play as part of a team or as a pair. Golf is a great alternative, or addition, to other sports such as hockey. With less wear and tear on your body than contact or high impact sports, it is a game you can play until you are much older.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Being new to the game, there are some things you need to know to help you become more familiar with the activity and its associated terms. We have put together some answers to frequently asked questions:
How far do you need to let the group in front of you go before teeing off?
When the group in front of you is no longer in range to be hit by a shot from everyone in your group, you may tee off.
How do we know when to take out the flag on the green and when to hold it?
If you’re the closest to the hole, you’re in charge of either removing the flagstick if everyone says they can see the hole or tending to the flagstick (which means pulling it from the hole as a putt comes closer to the hole) if they can’t clearly see the hole.
Remember to put the flagstick back in the hole when your group leaves the green.
How do we know when it’s our turn to hit the ball?
When teeing off it would typically be the person with the lowest score on the previous hole that would go first. If it is the first hole the person with the lowest handicap goes first.
For all other shots it is usually the person furthest away from the hole that hits first.
What do we do if we think the ball is going to hit someone?
You shout “Fore”.
Shouting “Fore” is a way of saying “watch out!”. It is used when golfers hit shots astray that might possibly come close to another person on the golf course. A couple of things to know about this term: first, don’t wait – the moment you realise a ball has a remote chance of hitting another person, shout it out. That brings up the second point, which is, SHOUT IT OUT – it needs to be heard in the distance, among the noise of other players, the wind, etc.
What do the different clubs do?
You are allowed to carry as many as 14 clubs in your bag, but starting off you wont need nearly that many. Clubs will vary in numbers and type. A set of clubs is made up of woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and a putter. Below outlines what the different types do and where they are used.
Woods – A wood can be made of wood or metal, has a large head and is used for shots requiring greater distance, usually from the teeing ground. A set of woods usually starts with the driver and proceeds to the 3 and 5 wood.
Irons – An iron is a club that can be used to hit from the tee or from the fairway. They are thin with grooved faces of varying lofts.
Wedge – A wedge is a type of iron. This club has more loft than a 5 iron, therefore will travel a shorter distance but at a greater height. A lofted club is used to play shots around the green.
Putter – A putter is used on the putting green with a special purpose – to roll the ball along the ground towards the hole; the only club that doesn’t get the ball airborne!