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Walking on Golf Course – Common Challenges

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Choosing to walk on golf course is awesome decision. Its many benefits include – being cardio exercise and therefore healthy for you, as opposed to sitting in a seat, no additional equipment required – just your two legs, more enjoyable (at least for me). I think walking is more enjoyable because if you’re with someone, you have more time and better environment to actually have a conversation. It might be different for those of you who don’t like talking, though. Getting a golf cart on the course is not usually a big problem, but just using my own two legs to get from one spot to the other soothes my minimalistic tendencies.

 But these same advantages might seem like, or actually be flaws to other people. Everyone is different, and walking isn’t for everyone. For example, if you like to play golf quickly, and finish 9 or 18 holes in as quick of a time as possible, you might be better off by driving a golf cart to get around. Also, if you tend to walk slowly or even at average speed, your pace will obviously be slower than most of your cart-driving friends’, which might be drag for them. So if you’re going to be walking, it’s always good idea to communicate that decision with  your friends and work out a solution. Otherwise, things might get awkward. If you have good stamina and are capable of walking fast though, you have much less to worry about. Few guys i’ve seen on my golf course who are fast walkers can easily keep up with their cart-driving peers.

I am left handed and have hard time finding good golf clubs, so this left-handed club choosing tutorial really helped.

 When novice golfers ask me for advice, first thing i usually say is to walk instead of drive. Objectively, i do realize that my advice won’t be correct 100% of time, but i just love walking too much to stop giving that advice. Golf, unlike any other sport, is very social game. It’s much more thrilling when you’re having good time with people you like. For that, communicating is very important, and as i’ve mentioned before, walking between the holes is perfect opportunity to have a conversation with your peers.  I think of golf as being perfect mixture of playing and engaging with others, and if walking facilitates that, then i’m all for it. I also quite like the nature and sights on golf courses, so walking gives me excellent opportunity to enjoy both of these things. But all this doesn’t mean that i hate driving the golf carts. Sometimes, they are quite useful. For walking on the course to be pleasurable, the course must be well-planned and taken care of, in general. No one wants to walk around for eternity just to play the golf and neither do they want to endure crappy-looking golf course. To me, playing golf is a getaway from crazy city life of ash and dust, so seeing the same on the golf course is really disappointing. You might also have to drive the cart when golf course refuses to let you in otherwise. There are very few courses that have such policy, but they exist. If i were you though, i’d be asking myself if i really want to go to such course in the first place. Other times when i choose to drive golf cart is : when i’m drunk, when the weather is too hot, when i’m too tired for some reason and have no energy left. I live in Chicago, so weather doesn’t get unbearable here, but few times i did get tired of it and decided to have a drive. I quickly left afterwards, without being able to walk, it just wasn’t the same for me.

  I also love measuring the amount of steps i walk. I have this app on my phones that does it for me, and last time i checked, i had walked more than ten thousand steps. I think that’s incredible and i certainly feel better once i get home and get my rest. When you recover from such exhausting journey, your body feels strangely alive and cool.

  

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Should you buy or rent golf clubs while traveling?

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Traveling with your golf clubs always comes with a risk that they might get damaged during the flight. It might happen because of carelessness of bag handles or some other accident and it’s not very uncommon as well. That’s why people have been reconsidering the whole proposition altogether. Why go through the trouble of carrying golf clubs with you in the first place? Furthermore, there is always an option of renting golf clubs wherever you are. In this guide, i wanted to discuss differences and advantages of each approach.

 First of all, before we get to actual comparison, i want to get few things out of the way. There is no universal choice that would be best solution for everyone. Best outcome for you will be the one that meets your individual needs the best, and those needs differ from person to person. So if you catch me generalizing at some point, know that it’s just because of the fact that it’s easier to talk or write that way. On my part, i will try to avoid giving specific advice and talk more in general about decisions and choices most people have to make, so that you have the idea of what you’re giving up when you’re choosing the other option and act accordingly. With that out of the way, let’s get into it.  

  If you are the type of person who spends a lot on his/her golf clubs and pays a lot of attention to their maintenance, you might not want to travel with your clubs. The benefit of enjoying playing with your own clubs don’t outweigh the risk of having those clubs damaged forever. Golf club set that makes you feel good and utilizes your full potential isn’t easy to come by, so if you have one, making sure that it stays in good shape should be your number one priority.

 If we talk about costs, renting may be sometimes more expensive than carrying your golf club with you, but that’s rarely the case. Most airlines charge lots of fees for letting you take golf club set with you. That would be okay if they took proper care of it, but as i’ve mentioned above, even with that premium cost, your club set will always be in danger of being damaged. With that being said, it also depends on how badly you want to play with your clubs anywhere you go. In my experience, most golf club sets that can are available to be rented are pretty good and don’t disappoint. But that’s just me. I can play golf with any golf club set, and still have a good time. Some people have more peculiar tastes.

 In general though, i have to say that almost all golf clubs that i have rented were excellent. You just have to pay attention to most basic things like online reviews and ratings when you’re choosing the place to rent from. If you do everything right, there’s a high chance that you’ll end up with excellent club to play with during your stay.

 Even if you’re in love with your current set of clubs, sometimes using other club set will give you better perspective on how your own set is different, for better or worse. I think it’s worthy experience to have.