Doctorgolf Academy, Ufford Park Woodbridge
Why you should play golf this year
It’s enjoyable, certainly, but it also has health (both physical and mental) and social and business networking advantages.
I get asked this question a lot and have settled on these being the most common reasons to play:
- Enjoy quality time away from work
- Meet work colleagues (new or old) socially
- Learn how to overcome obstacles
- Use time on the course for business networking
- Engage in a new hobby
- Play with your children
- Participate when you’re not as athletic as you once were
And for those who suggest golf is not proper exercise, consider this: a recent Swedish survey found that regular golfers live five years longer than those who don’t play!
This may be down to spending hours in the fresh air and working your joints to reduce any aches and pains. Or it could be that socialising during a round and overcoming a golf course’s many challenges help to keep the brain active, staving off Alzheimer’s or dementia.
The beauty of all this is that the game of golf is so simple – you use clubs to hit a ball into a hole in the lowest number of shots that you can.
For anyone beginning their golfing adventure, it’s worth saying that it can be a frustrating journey. But it’s a rewarding one, too. Most players who take up the game continue to want to play well beyond the point when their body tells them they shouldn’t.
Playing golf is layered with techniques, strategies and equipment choices. It’s about positioning the ball, hitting it where you want, and chess-like cunning, planning one or two shots ahead. You may also consider your equipment, clothing and footwear.
To perform to your best ability, you should take regular advice on your technique, strategy and goals from a PGA professional, who will suggest how to use your skills to your best advantage. You might try lessons for individuals or couples, or even group sessions for those that would prefer to learn with others at a similar level.
Working over a few months, you will develop better technical movements in all areas of the game, including putting, chipping, pitching, bunkers, irons, woods and driving. It also boosts your confidence, which is so important for future development. Add understanding golf etiquette, such as where to stand, when to play, and where you can put your trolley, and you will get a more rounded education of the game. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to join a golf club.
Set yourself some targets for this year. Having a go on the driving range or playing on the golf course could be a great release from the everyday stresses that many of us feel. Relish the challenge. Realise that you may not play every shot correctly – but enjoy those that you do!
If you need any help to get started, contact The Doctorgolf Academy below.