Why Women Should Play Golf Now

Why Women Should Play GolfWhile golf is often considered a sport dominated by men, more and more women are hitting the greens. If you haven’t participated in a golf clinic, group lesson, business-sponsored scramble or just a casual 9-hole outing with friends, you are missing out on some great life benefits.


Here are 7 benefits you will receive by playing golf:


It’s Good for Business
From connecting with clients or colleagues to getting more face-time with your boss, the golf course provides the perfect environment for building your business or advancing your career. “It’s a great opportunity to get to know people a little bit better. You can learn a lot about someone on the golf course,” says Jackie Cannizzo, PGA Professional, Director of Instruction and Founder/Dare to Golf. In addition to having plenty of time to talk between holes, you will have a shared experience and connection for a later conversation off the course.


It Counts as Exercise
Seriously, it does. According to the PGA of America, you burn approximately 2,000 calories while walking an 18-hole round of golf carrying clubs or using a pull cart and burn an estimated 1,300 calories when riding in a cart. “Not everyone thinks of golf as being a sport of athleticism,” says Sandy Cross, Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the PGA of America. In addition to the overall calorie burn, playing golf also improves muscle tone and endurance.


It Solidifies Relationships
Although golf is an individual sport, it really is a game focused on relationships—allowing you to develop new connections and strengthen those you already have in place. Walking the course with someone you know well—or someone you just met—bridges communication gaps, fosters friendships and helps you build a more meaningful bond with those in your life. “All the important relationships in my life have come from the game of golf,” said Cannizzo.


It’s the “New Dinner Table”
Having trouble getting your busy family around the dinner table at the same time? Reserve a tee time at your local course. According to Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer for the LPGA, golf has become the “new dinner table.” In addition to providing ample opportunities for conversation and shared experiences, the nature of the sport itself encourages family members to put down electronic devices and actually be present in the moment.


It Gets You Outside
There is great importance in spending time outdoors. From getting a healthy dose of vitamin D to strengthening your immune system, being outdoors is not only good for our physical health, but your emotional health as well. “A golf course is a beautiful, peaceful place,” says Cannizzo. “It provides a nice escape from daily life, lifting our spirits and improving our focus.”


It Relieves Stress
As Cannizzo mentioned, golf provides a nice escape from daily life which not only helps reduce existing stress, but may even help prevent further anxiety. The Green Exercise Research Team at the University of Essex found that the combination of fresh air, exercise and the social element of golf boost your brain’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals—a boost that continues long after the game is finished.


It’s a Sport of a Lifetime
“There are very few sports you can play for a lifetime,” says Cross. Golf is a sport you can enjoy throughout your life and continue to develop your skills as you get older. In addition, it is a game for the generations—allowing grandfathers and grandmothers to play right along side their grandchildren.


The best way to get more women on the golf course? Invite them.

“Golf is a sport of invitation,” says Cross. “Most golfers started playing because they were invited by someone else.” The next time you are headed to the course, invite a new golfer to go with you. And this power of invitation isn’t just reserved for women—men need to extend an invitation as well, especially to wives and daughters. New data from Sports Marketing Surveys reveals that one of the top reasons for female golfers to take up the game is because of an invite from a husband or partner who played.


Who will you invite to join you on the course?



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