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Golfing Is Healthier Than You Think

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Remember the other day when you said you were going to golf instead of going to the gym and your wife laughed at you?

Well you have some decent reason to do so.

Here are some of the numbers for you to throw in their face next time they challenge it.

Neil Wolkodoff, director of the Rose Center for Health and Sports Sciences in Denver conducted a study to answer these questions.

What he found was good news for all of us fat guys who would rather walk around a golf course and suck, than drag yourself into a gym and lift weights or run on the treadmill.

The other added benefit of sucking at golf is your ball could literally go anywhere when you hit it. So maybe you get to walk a few extra steps through the woods to find your ball.

What Wolkodoff found was that over nine holes of golf, golfers carrying their bag burned about 721 calories.

For example, at about 5 miles per hour on a treadmill you burn about 596 calories an hour.

What Wolkodoff found was very eye opening.

Yes, walking 18 holes of golf is pretty tough, and you will feel it for a few days after the fact. But you are burning about 1,400 calories and having a fun time doing it (if you’re playing well).

Running on a treadmill sucks and you get no breaks. At least when you are golfing you can rest between putts and between peoples tee shots.

So next time you are going to eat some takeout pizza Saturday night and your wife is eyeing you down, tell her you will walk all 18 holes the next day and burn it all off.

Also no gym lets you enjoy a few cold ones on the treadmill.

The Pros and Cons of Early Tee Times

The Early bird gets the worm

Everyone knows that one person that loves to get out and golf early in the morning.

But, with that early morning tee time comes its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of an early tee time

  • You Lead The Way: Nothing better than playing like you’re on your own private course. No on in front of you as soon as you finish a hole you can go right on the next tee. You get to play at your pace as long as no one is really rushing you from behind.
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Lead the way
  • Fresh Greens: You get to play on greens that are virtually untouched. They haven’t been walked on all day and beaten up on. Tour players will attest to this, they prefer to play in earlier groups because the greens aren’t covered in spike marks and just generally worn on.
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Fresh Greens
  • Get It Done With: This makes it kind of sound like a chore, but this means you can still have an afternoon to be productive. If you tee off before 7 am you will finish up in enough time to do stuff all evening.
  • Won’t Waste Money On Beer: Unless you are a freak, you wont be drinking too much beer at a 7 am tee time. Maybe one or two in the last couple holes.

Now for the disadvantages…

  • Frost Delays: Nothing worse than getting to a course, ready to go and there is a 45-minute frost delay. While you have already been at the range for 30 minutes. Throws everything off.
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Frosty Greens
  • Forget Something: While you were hung over and stumbling out of the house to make you early tee time, you completely forgot to grab that dozen Pro V1’s out of the garage. Now you got to waste money and buy a few sleeves in the pro shop.
  • Too Early: Early in the morning your body isn’t fully awake. By 11 am you have done enough that your body is awake and naturally stretched out. Early in the morning you can be really stiff and almost still asleep. Stretching before a morning round is pivotal.
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Stretch before teeing off
  • Weather: Depending on the time of year, it can be pretty cold for early tee times, hence the frost delay. If it isn’t the summer months, morning tee times can be quite chilly.
  • Putting: First 4-5 holes will probably have dew on the greens, slowing your ball down. Once the sun comes up and dries the due off the greens, they will be playing a lot faster. Adjusting to this for a few holes may cost you a few strokes if you are unfamiliar with the greens.

Waking up alone is a chore for some people, so you make the call whether to reserve that early tee time or not.

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