Why Golf is Worth Doing

Why Golf is Worth Doing

We’ve all heard of Golf. A lot of us may have the impression that it is a rich person’s sport. Quite a few of us may even think that golf is not a sport at all. Why would golf be an activity worth putting effort into? Is there something more than hitting a small white ball, aiming it at a far off hole with a little flag as your guide? What can we even gain from it? When did it even begin to be a thing? I, for one, had many such thoughts for many years until I got to really observe golf and golfers up close and personal.

First of all, where did it come from? It seems that many of our historians have varied answers when asked about the origins of golf. The earliest golf-like game was called apocryphally. It was observed in the Netherlands around 1297. However, according to one of the oldest Scottish golf organizations, golf is a Scottish invention. As documentation is difficult to find, we can all just take the information worth its grain of salt. What we can take away from this is golf is an activity that has deep roots in human history. Taking part in an activity that has a rich history can bring about a sense of belonging that most other activities lack.

Another part of that ‘belonging’ is the opportunity to build a network of contacts for both personal and professional settings. Many professionals like doctors, lawyers, business owners and the like have met and started dealings at a golf course or even at a driving range. It particularly comes in handy for those in the field of sales and marketing.

As we’re discussing professions, golf is quite helpful in dealing with office-related stress. A strong whack of a small ball can do wonders for someone stewing with an issue from the workplace. If one forgoes the use of a golf cart, walking around an 80-120 hectare golf course can strengthen a golfer’s stamina and leg muscles. Let’s not forget the fact that when you do not use a golf cart, you’ll be lugging around your golf bag. The average content of a golf bag would be 14 to 15 clubs, around 5 golf balls, and a travel cover. All in all, that can weigh up to 35 pounds. Now imagine the arm strength required to be able to carry all that. It’s no easy feat to be sure but it’s something that can be built through persistent involvement in golf. In a way, it makes for good exercise.

Other than exercise, golf provides a chance for people to reconnect with the outside world. Trees, grass, flowers, hedges, sand pits, and the occasional pond is a normal sight in a golf course. A lot of us have been complaining that most people are chained to their mobile devices. The usual cubicle warrior an avaricious social media user will certainly benefit from the exposure to sunlight. Humans need Vitamin D and the sun’s friendly rays provide that for you.

The best times to catch those friendly rays are around 6-8 AM. Another reason why golf is worth doing is that an early call time instills discipline. It is never easy for anyone to rise up early, particularly on a weekend. It has been observed that golfers that tee off at the wee hours of the morning and are consistent are healthier, happier, and more refreshed than those that do not do the sport. Golf players are also able to turn their healthy hobby into something they can make money out of.

Those that play golf professionally are able to stay fit and get to earn large amounts doing what they love. Last year, the highest earner through the PGA Tour was Jordan Spieth at $12, 020,465. This year, golf has made a triumphant return into the world of the Olympics.

So looking back, it seems that golf has more to it than what most people perceive it at the start. It’s a fun and challenging hobby that benefits not only your health but also serves as a good way to expand and create connections socially and professionally. Golf, when taken seriously, can be quite lucrative. All in all, golf is certainly an activity worth looking at and getting into.

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