Benefits of Playing Golf

By Steve Silverman

There are many benefits to playing golf, not the least of which is being outside breathing clean air and taking part in a physical activity for four hours on a beautiful day. While nobody is going to confuse playing golf with having the exercise value of playing basketball or running, it is a beneficial physical activity made even more beneficial when the player walks 18 holes instead of taking a cart.

Physical exercise

The greatest physical benefit to playing golf is getting exercise from walking. Walking for 18 holes is often the equivalent of walking 3-to-4 miles. This gets the golfer's heart going and blood pumping. It is a stimulating if not rigorous activity. Golfer who play three or four times a week are getting quite a bit of exercise.

Improving concentration

Those who have trouble concentrating can turn the weakness around by taking up the game of golf. Golfers have to learn how to focus on the shot they have coming up and concentrate on the fundamentals of their swing. If they are thinking about what they will be doing later that night, or the following week on vacation, they won't be able to play successfully. Playing golf helps a person learn to concentrate and focus on the task at hand.

Socialization

Golf is a competitive game and most golfers want to win. However, the competition takes place in a friendly and social environment. Golf gives its participants a chance to talk to each other and discuss life issues even as the golfer thinks about the next shot. Golf is a friendly game and it gives players a chance to enjoy each other's company while competing.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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