Anybody reading this blog likely already understands the many recreational benefits of golf as well as the social ones. Able to bring people together and share experiences with others is the cornerstone of why the sport is so popular across the globe. But did you know that golf may actually allow you to live a longer life?
Studies have shown a number of health benefits of golf that extend far beyond the obvious exercise that if offers. Many enjoy the peace and serenity of a nice sunny day of golf, which just by being outside gives us healthy doses of vitamin D and fresh air, which are both essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
In addition, there is a reason that golf acts as an escape from the everyday world, and that’s because it has been proven to reduce stress.
Why stress reduction is key
Stress can be caused by a number of factors in our life, and many studies have been conducted that outline the negative effects of stress. Stress can lead to high blood pressure, mental disorders, physical pain, and a variety of other mental and physical problems.
Researchers estimate that golfing once a week, free of distractions can help reduce stress by at least 20 percent, allowing us to return to the rigors of life with a clearer head and calmer disposition. Studies have also shown that those with less stress in their life on average live 4 years longer than average.
We know why we love golf, but perhaps we didn’t know that it could save our life.
Having golfed with a wide variety of individuals of all levels of expertise, there is one question that I get all of the time: “how many golf clubs do I need in my bag?” Of course, like with anything involving golf, the answer is subjective, but there are ways to tell if you have too many or too few clubs.
The first thing to do is look at your own relative level of expertise. If you are a beginner or intermediate, chances are that you can get away with a simple set of woods, irons, and a putter and be just fine. The sort of specialty clubs and hybrid clubs, while useful, are really only for experienced players that know how to use them properly.
As a general rule, if you don’t know why a specific golf club exists, chances are you probably don’t need it.
How to tell when to add to your bag
Basically, this is your call, but an important thing to remember is that adding to your bag is a big decision. And while it may open up your golf game drastically, it will take awhile to get used to a new club. Only start adding to your bag when you’ve mastered the basic set of clubs and find that you’ve hit a plateau in your game.
Also, don’t be too hasty when choosing a new club. Carefully determine the gap in your game that the new club is supposed to fill in order to ensure that the addition is worthwhile.
Full of beautiful rolling hills, majestic mountains, and vast wildlife, Scotland is the Northernmost part of the United Kingdom, which also consists of Wales, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Despite the stereotype of Scotland being foggy and rainy all of the time, it’s actually one of the most beautiful and untarnished countries in the world.
Perhaps it is its historical tendency for not being involved in global conflict, or its natural beauty, but Scotland is free of sprawl, blight, and overpopulation, which makes it a vast landscape of picturesque scenery ideal for golfers and vacationers alike.
No wonder it is the birthplace of the oldest and most important golf tournaments.
A matter of opinion
Having golfed all over the world, it is my personal opinion that Scotland is one of the best countries to visit. Its beauty is unlike that of any other country, and its climate is perfect for those that like to golf under the clouds rather than the beating sun. The vast hillsides give the courses a lot of ups and downs, making it incredibly challenging for even the best golfers.
But perhaps why I enjoy golfing in Scotland so much is the simple fact that this is where it all began. Golf was invented in Scotland, and so golfing in the country, even today, gives golfers a sense of being at the heart of it all. Enjoying the beautiful scenery of the country, and realizing that without the great nation of Scotland, golf wouldn’t exist.
The oldest golf tournament still active today, The Open originally took place in Scotland, the country in which golf was invented. Since then, it has been home to a wide variety of champions from all across the world and capture the true nature of the sport. Held in a different city each time, The Open made its way home to St. Andrews, Scotland in 2015.
Representing the roots of the sport, The Open is full of challenging holes and stiff competition in which only the strong survive. It is our pleasure to celebrate the rich history and bountiful future of this legendary golf tournament.
What makes The Open special?
In order to truly appreciate all that The Open represents, it is important to remember its roots. 156 years old, it is the oldest golf tournament in the world and one of the most prestigious. Competitors from all around the world gather annually to see who can capture the cup and become part of golf’s rich legacy.
Won by legendary golfers like Greg Norman and Tiger woods, The Open merges history with modern names to create an event that is appealing to players and spectators of all ages. Not only is The Open a good jumping off point for those new to the sport, but it represents a timeless tradition for seasoned golf enthusiasts.
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Whether you are a beginner or expert, one of the first questions when it comes to golfing is which clubs to choose. And while there is quite a lot of wiggle room when it comes to this decision, there are a few factors to look at.
It is true that any clubs will do, but in most cases, having a club that fits your size, style, and expertise can make a difference. The most important thing to remember is that each answer is different depending on the person, meaning that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing the right club.
Factors to consider
Considering that deep down, golf is a complicated sport, the first thing to think about when choosing golf clubs is comfort. You will want to try a variety of clubs to find a set that matches your specific swing, size, and style of play. At the end of the day, if you are comfortable with your clubs, the rest will follow.
It is also important to consider the conditions of the course on which you are playing. You will likely choose different clubs depending on the terrain, weather, and other factors pertaining to the course itself. Again, this may change depending on whether or not you golf in different places, but start by choosing clubs that fit the conditions in which you most frequently golf.
Lastly, think about price. Golf clubs can be very expensive, and price does not always equal quality. In short, find the cheapest set that fits the above criteria and only think about more expensive clubs when you feel as though you’ve reached a plateau in your game.
For years, golf has been bringing people together on and off the links. A relaxing day of golf can be the perfect end to the week as well and great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Known worldwide as a game of gentlemen (and women), the laid back nature of the game and the bonds that it forges is something truly awe inspiring in an otherwise hectic world.
But why do we so closely associate golf with togetherness? The truth is that while many sports involve a greater degree of working together, golf is a sport that bridges the gap between solidarity and togetherness. Perhaps it is because it is so easy to learn, or that families that enjoy golf share it with the ones that they love that has made golf such a wonderful way to connect with others.
There is always more to learn
Whether you prefer to hit the great outdoors or simply spend the day watching The Open, golf allows people to connect with each other on many different levels. It is the ability to teach others and learn from others that brings us closer, and even the best golfer will tell you that the sport can never be mastered.
No matter the reason you love golf, the best thing you can do is share it with someone you care about. Because the lessons learned from the sport are often much greater than meets the eye.