Published on February 22nd, 2014 | by Joe Starks0
Exercise Spotlight: Golf
We all know golf as the sport that CEOs of large companies play in Hollywood movies. It is often seen as the sport of the rich, because maintaining a golf park is actually quite a luxury for most places in the world. Fact is that many people love golf, no matter what their economic status might be. You can play golf as a poor, middle class or rich person alike. Golf is also often seen as a “lazy” sport; because most part of it is swinging a club and watching a ball fly away towards a hole (hopefully). Golf can be a very taxing sport that provides a good workout. In this article we’ll look at the history, training and benefits of golf.
What is Golf?
As expected from a game whose basics are a stick and a ball, there are some ancient games that actually resemble golf. The ancient Romans played paganica and the Chinese had “chuiv an”, both played bit balls and bent sticks. The first game that can actually be considered golf dates back to the 15th century in Scotland. It was a popular game during the next few centuries, which was banned and then allowed again by kings and bishops.
In the early 20th century the modern golf is born, with all its associations and fine rules. Golf courses become huge luxurious parks and golf clubs are now extremely specific in their weights and shapes. Old golf club sets can be extremely expensive for collectors now. New sets can be just as expensive, but cheap options and second hand sets are everywhere to be found for those with lesser means.
Training for Golf
Golf is a very difficult sport. It needs balance and precision. It is an anaerobic sport, at least what the swinging part is concerned. All hangs from those few seconds where you have to gather your power into one single swing, hit a tiny ball precisely and send it in the right direction.
The first thing one has to remember is that golfing can cause injuries. It is not an easy or “lazy” sport as some might think. The swings take a toll on your back and shoulders and must be practiced well before performing in a game.
To train for gold you have to build your core for balance and strength. Weight and balancing exercises are perfect for this. General core empowering exercises are just as good to add to your regime.
Next of course, comes the practice of the swing itself. You start off with a light club and learn how to swing it properly. There are many different ways you are allowed to swing your club and you should try them all out. In time you will create your own style of golfing. It is best to learn the basic with an experienced friend or professional.
Benefits of Golfing
Golfing can be a great experience for everyone if done right. Here are some of the many benefits that come with playing golf:
- It is a great social sport. You can meet a lot of people and hang out in beautiful golf parks on sunny days. You can play golf at any age and make friends of any age while playing it. You can get involved with your community and meet new people at a golf course.
- It trains you well. In the training of golf you must count the pleasant walks from hole to hole. You spend hours walking in a nice park, once in a while swinging your club. It is like a great walk and a great game combined in one. This is why so many love this sport.
- It can be as cheap or expensive as you like. There is no limit on how cheap or expensive your gear will be. Whether you want to show off, or you want to leisurely play without a concern in the world is your choice.
You have to remember that a warm up is necessary before any kind of activity. Be sure you warm up your shoulder and you do some light practice swings before starting to play golf. Stop playing immediately when you feel sore or painful in a limb. Remember to take it easy and up the difficulty slowly. Avoid playing golf outside when the weather is bad. In the end you will probably fall in love with this sport.