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One Great Reason to Play Golf: You

PGA of America
Golf brings health and wellness together with fun, friends and family
Monte Koch, PGA Certified Golf Professional/Player Development

Series: Get Golf Ready

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 | 11:41 p.m.

It's okay to play golf just to get your personal pedometer going.  It's true, you won't find an extreme level of fitness on the course, but walking 18 holes will give you a better workout than jogging on a treadmill for 2 hours, and during that time you can talk, laugh and relate to others in ways not possible on a treadmill.  Walking in an average round of golf can easily provide the recommended 10,000 steps daily.


With my kids, I’ve tried the “Wii Fitness” routine and the virtual thing just doesn’t do it for me.  When I’m on the course, the birds, the grass and the vistas are real…and better yet, they’re different every time we see them.  Plus, when I’m with my kids, none of us even thinks about “tuning the other” out.  We enjoy the fresh air and we always laugh out loud, which sometimes is the best medicine, isn’t it?  


Another “best medicine” point: It’s okay to LOL at someone else provided you’ve done the same at yourself at least as much.  Playing for health, for a good laugh and some fresh air are all truly valid reasons for taking up the game.


If you’re ready to play, check out a local “Get Golf Ready” program that is hosted nearby. It’s specially designed for you, family, friends or colleagues to take part in a very low stress, low cost manner that will help you find the comfort and competence you’re looking for on course.