Golf: A sport for a lifetime

2012-09-07 00:00

GOLF is a game that can be learnt at a very young age for both males and females, and can be played until old age is reached. Generally, people these days live longer and, of course, they are fitter, but if the doddery old legs are unable to walk 18 holes, a ride-on cart will extend the career of a senior golfer. Modern equipment such as titanium drivers, graphite shafts, oversize irons and golf balls designed for extra distance will also keep older golfers happy.

Very old players, who can’t reach the fairway with their drives or are unable to carry hazards, are given a concession at some courses to play from forward tees and they are handicapped accordingly. Very young players can play off forward or even ladies’ tees.

The style of golf that we play varies according to our age. Younger players hit booming drives, and hit short irons to par fours and hit the par fives in two. Apart from a higher handicap, older golfers compensate for lack of distance with improving other aspects of their game. For example, they rarely miss a fairway and they become deadly at 75 metres from the green. Does chipping it close to the hole from 75 metres equal the same pleasure and satisfaction that a 280-metre drive brings? Well, it depends how old you are.

Golf is often a family game that parents and children all play. What can be better than spending quality time in the countryside in the fresh air with the family? In later years, after the children have flown the nest, the husband and wife continue to play together regularly. Statistics show that children who played golf with their parents carry on playing the game.

Today there are more golf courses in the world than ever before and golf courses need golfers. There are excellent golfing holidays available that are ideal for couples. Golf is a sport for a lifetime and non-golfing people don’t know what they are missing.

From the 19th hole

The room was full of pregnant women with their husbands. The instructor was teaching the women how to breathe and was telling the men how to give the necessary assurance to their wives at this stage of the pregnancy. She said: “Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery easier. Just make several stops and stay on a soft surface like grass.”

She looked at the men in the room: “Gentlemen, remember, you’re in this together. It wouldn’t hurt you to go walking with her.”

The room suddenly got very quiet as the men absorbed this information. Then a man at the back of the room slowly raised his hand.

“Yes”, said the Instructor.

“I was just wondering if it would be all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?”

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