Golf…A game of Life or Death?


Author: Keri Schmit

There have been a lot of articles on line about this subject, but even with that being said, how many of you really believe that you can live longer just by playing golf? Until I did my own research, I didn’t think there was much truth behind the statement. But, I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Research shows that golfers live an average of 5 years longer than non-golfers regardless of sex, age and social group. The effect is greater for golfers from blue-collar professions than for those from white-collar professions. The lowest rates are found in the group of players with the lowest handicap.

Dr. Andrew Murray, lead researcher for the Golf and Health Project at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh suggests that playing golf can even help prevent and treat more than 40 major chronic diseases such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer.

Researchers reviewed 5,000 studies into golf and wellbeing and found the sport has physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages.

On a regular 18-hole course, most players will walk between four and eight miles, burning at least 500 calories. All the more reason to get a CaddyTrek!

Exposure to fresh air and sun also helps boost Vitamin-D levels, while the act of swinging a club can improve muscle endurance and balance, particularly in old age.

There are other benefits of playing golf than just physical! It can also help reduce the risk of anxiety, depression, dementia and not to mention it can help improve an individual’s “wellness, self-esteem, and self-worth,” according to Dr. Andrew Murray.

So what are the pros are saying…

Padraig Harrington, three-time major winner agreed that the Golf & Health Project was taking an important step forward to getting the message out there on the benefits of playing golf. “We have to get away from the idea golf’s only a rich man’s sport — 78% of the courses across the world are available for the public to play on, not just members,” said Harrington.

And fellow ambassador Annika Sorenstam, a 12-time major champion, said: “I strongly believe playing golf helps people stay fit, active and healthy. The Golf & Health Project will help all of us better promote the sport’s physical and mental benefits.”

Dr. Andrew Murray can only hope the research, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, will encourage people of all ages to play golf because it really is genuine elixir of life!

As one stated in a recent on-line article, golf is a washing machine for the brain.