Texas has a rich history of producing great golfers. Ben Hogan, Kathie Whitworth, Byron Nelson, Sandra Haynie, Lee Elder and Babe Zaharias come straight to mind. But you don’t have to be a great golfer to benefit from the game.
As golf coaches, we see how golf impacts lives every day. And those anecdotes are now being backed up by research.
For example, when you play golf, you develop better balance. As we age, this prevents avoidable falls. Think about it, you have to control your body as you swing the club. Just doing this challenges you to gain enough body awareness to hit the ball.
Playing golf provides a low-impact cardio workout (even if playing in carts). The workout isn’t as strenuous as running, for example. But it is sustainable. Golf can be played from childhood through retirement.
Less talked about, but equally as important is the sense of community that golf provides. Players take up the game and find new circles of friends. This can be particularly important when moving to a new area for a job, or just wanting a change! Golf is also a great resource for retirees who may have left a social network behind when they left their job. Some players aren’t looking for a new circle, but simply looking to find a hobby to share with friends and family. No matter what the motivation, golf is the ideal sport to build relationships through.
Engaging in a new sport can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. Everyone can learn to play golf to at least an enjoyable standard. And with that comes the bountiful benefits associated with this great game.
Why should you play golf?
Sue Shapcott, PGA of GB&I is the Director of Instruction at Change Golf Instruction. Change Golf Instruction partners with Pine Ridge Golf Course in Paris, TX and provides accessible golf instruction to help players learn and improve their golf. For more information visit www.changegolfinstruction.com