Benefits of walking golf

Golf is a great hobby for nearly everyone, but the downside of golf is that it’s not the most cardio-friendly sport. Trust us, it takes an athlete to play a great round of golf, there’s no denying that. The disadvantage of golf is that you ride in a golf cart, rather than walking. So ditch the cart and find the perfect remote control caddy. Enjoy the course, the social engagement and play some golf.

Physical benefits

If you ditch the cart, and walk from hole to hole, you stand the chance to burn almost twice as many calories than a regular game. Rather that carrying your bag from hole to hole and risking a back injury that might affect your game, try using a remote control golf bag.

If you walk the course you’re able to get your heart rate up to a healthy level while playing golf, making the game that much more beneficial for you. Some courses, especially hilly courses can equal a 2.5-mile-long walk. Versus if you take a golf cart on the course, you’d typically only walk about half a mile.

By walking from hole to hole, your body doesn’t have to adjust to different attitudes, like climbing in and out of golf cart. You’ll find that your body will stay looser than normal, enabling a better swing. It also gives you the opportunity to see the course from a different perspective, potentially helping you see a difficult hole in a different light.

Course Benefits

Walking golf has less impact on the course than a golf cart. Simply put, it’s better for the grass. A new trend that courses are offering is a walking-only course that differs from the main golf course. Walking-only courses are less expensive to maintain, because of the lack of damage from golf carts.

Social benefits

Some people think that a walking game of golf will take longer, but if you add in the time you take driving to everyone’s ball vs. the time it would take for everyone to simply walk to their own, you may find that the time doesn’t add up as much as you think it does.

If you routinely play golf with a large group of people, walking the course will enable you to interact with all members of your group, rather than just those within your cart. There are lots of options for walking on the golf course; you can alternate walking holes, only ride the cart on the path, or walk the entire course. Whatever you choose, enjoy the day, the course and the game.

Preparing your golf game for spring

Spring is almost here! Before you whip your shorts out, slow down. We may still have a few weeks, hopefully not months, of colder weather. But if you’re itching to play some golf, now is the time to start thinking forward to warmer days, greener grass and course openings. So crack open your golf gear, and start mentally preparing for the golf season.

Check your gear

Before you get ready to play, do a once over of your gear. See if anything needs to be updated, or if anything was damaged during winter storage. Replace missing spikes in your shoes, get new gloves if you need them, and make sure your golf bag has all the essentials you need out on the green.

Check out your remote control golf bag and electric caddies, to be sure that they were stored properly and that they’re charged and working.

Take a look at your clubs, and make sure that some of them don’t need replacing. Early spring could be a good time to find deals on new clubs to add to your golf bag.

Practice

Get out there and practice. Most driving ranges will open in the spring before a full course will. Head to the driving range and get your swing up to par. If you haven’t been working at staying in your best golf shape through the winter, it may take some time to get your swing back to where you’d like it. Any practice you can get will make your first round of the season much more enjoyable.

If you’ve neglected your golf fitness during the winter months, getting back into shape will be key before you play a round of golf. Try a low-impact workout like yoga, to get your muscles loose and strengthened. A great tip for getting your swing back is to practice your swing in the mirror. Watch what your body does, and really try to work on the mechanics of your swing. Improve your swing before you set foot on the course for the spring.

Take Away

Hit your local driving range, and start thinking about your swing. If you got out of practice in the winter months, any small preparation you can do will help your game. If it’s been a while, some people think that even the simple act of watching golf can help. It will start training your mind, and get you back in the mindset and ready to play your first round of spring golf.