5 Ways Playing Golf is Good for Seniors

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicate.” — Arnold Palmer. Known as a gentlemen’s game and a sport of leisure, golf is simply one of the most popular sports globally. Played on a huge outdoor course that covers anywhere 30-200 acres, golf’s objective is...

Swinging a Golf Club 101

Golf is the game of mastering details. If you have never practiced golf before, then you probably don’t understand the amount of concentration and devotion this sport involves. First, you should focus on the way you stand. Your front foot should be placed ahead of the...

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5 Ways Playing Golf is Good for Seniors

5 Ways Playing Golf is Good for Seniors

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicate.” — Arnold Palmer. Known as a gentlemen’s game and a sport of leisure, golf is simply one of the most popular sports globally. Played on a huge outdoor course that covers anywhere 30-200 acres, golf’s objective is...

Swinging a Golf Club 101

Swinging a Golf Club 101

Golf is the game of mastering details. If you have never practiced golf before, then you probably don’t understand the amount of concentration and devotion this sport involves. First, you should focus on the way you stand. Your front foot should be placed ahead of the...

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5 Ways Playing Golf is Good for Seniors

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicate.” — Arnold Palmer. Known as a gentlemen’s game and a sport of leisure, ...
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Swinging a Golf Club 101

Golf is the game of mastering details. If you have never practiced golf before, then you probably don’t understand the ...
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5 Ways Playing Golf is Good for Seniors

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicate.” — Arnold Palmer.

Known as a gentlemen’s game and a sport of leisure, golf is simply one of the most popular sports globally. Played on a huge outdoor course that covers anywhere 30-200 acres, golf’s objective is to drive a hard ball using a variety of iron and wood-tipped sticks known as golf clubs into a sequence of holes with only a few strokes as possible.

Golf is an ageless and timeless game that offers multiple benefits. Played by millions of seniors, golf reaps physical, social and mental benefits. Although for a senior, the distance of each shot and the pace of the pace is decreased, the fun remains constant.

The good news is there is even golf gear made especially for seniors. For example, check out the best drivers for seniors at GolfingWell.com.

Ready to give it a shot? Here are 5 benefits of golf for seniors:

 

  • Heart Health

 

Any form of physical exercise can push your heart to pump more blood. And playing golf can be a good exercise to improve heart health. Carrying your bag, walking and swinging are all actions done when playing golf and this increases your heart rate and blood flow. Risk of diabetes and stroke is significantly reduced as well as naturally lowering your levels of bad cholesterol. These also helps increases endurance and build muscle strengths which are all important to your health as you age.

 

  • Brain stimulation

 

As your heart rate increases, there is an increase blood flow to the brain. Thus stimulating and improving nerve cell connections. Also, regular daily walks strengthen the memory circuits of the brain. These can help delay mental illnesses like dementia or Alzheimers.

Moreover, Golf is a sport that competes with others for best personal scores. Such challenges increase self-esteem and confidence while keeping the brain active in logical functions through mental alacrity involved in fostering hand to eye coordination, improving strategy, and tallying scores.

 

  • Outdoor Exposure

 

Golf is naturally played on a course as large as 200 acres. This means it requires players to be outdoors. Basking in nature can provide many health benefits for the body and mind of seniors instead of being inside their house and sitting on their rocking chairs. Studies revealed that being exposed to green areas constantly can greatly reduce stress and anxiety and relaxes the body.  

 

  • Encourages relationships

 

Another thing about golf is that it is a very sociable sport. Golf can be a great way in order to keep in touch with friends or meet new people and connect with the community. Unlike competitive sports like basketball and soccer, golf is not so intense of a sport and there is plenty of silence and downtime for interacting or talking with fellow golfers. Even more amazing, studies revealed that a good number of business deals are closed on a golf course.

 

  • Live Longer

 

Professor Anders Ahlbom of Karolinska Institutet led a study entitled “Golf: A game of life and death – reduced mortality in Swedish golf players”. This study reveals that golfers have a 40% lower death rate, corresponding with a significant 5-year increase in their life expectancy.

Swinging a Golf Club 101

Golf is the game of mastering details. If you have never practiced golf before, then you probably don’t understand the amount of concentration and devotion this sport involves.

First, you should focus on the way you stand. Your front foot should be placed ahead of the ball, with your feet a little bit wider than the width of your shoulders. This way the club will rest against the middle of your body and you will have total control over it.

Second, you need to get close to the ball but not too close. Your arms shouldn’t be totally bent or outstretched to reach the ball with your club. Check your alignment and bend your knees slightly.

Finally, it is time for the backswing, where you hold the club above your head. Remember to follow through even if you don’t hold the club too high in the backswing.

During all phases, you should keep your eyes on the ball. Now follow it and see where it will take you. It all starts with the right swing. If you can master your club, then you are in for a good game.

Golf? What does it Even Mean?

If you are interested in history or have spent a considerable amount of your time exploring Wikipedia pages, then you might find this interesting. Things that we practice on a daily basis usually have an interesting history and one of them is the word golf. What does it even mean? Where did the word come from?

A lot of historians date the evolution of the game to a popular game played by the Romans called paganica.As the Romans conquered most of Europe, the game started to spread widely. Another theory suggests that the modern game originates from a Chinese game that was very popular between the eighth and the fourteenth century.

However, it is proved that the modern game originated in Scotland. The word “golf” is derived from a very old word that means “club”. It was first mentioned in a document linked to King James II when he banned the game as it acted as a distraction from archery. The ban was lifted when King James IVgot interested in golf himself and started practicing it. This only proves how popular the game was.

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I am a sports news reporter and I spend most of the time practicing different kinds of sports, but I have a thing for golf. I studied journalism then I started to write for local papers until I got my big chance to have my weekly column.

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