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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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Signs that you need golf training

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Deciding when you need to start golfing lessons isn’t easy, especially if you’ve had some experience before. Your ego might lead you to thinking that you’re good as it is and there’s no benefit to be gained by taking some lessons, but that’s rarely the case. It’s a bit easier when you are just a beginner. In that case, you at least know that you could use some help. I think it’s especially important for beginners, because knowing techniques of golf swing, as well as having good equipment, are keys to being a good player. Getting better at hitting your golf ball isn’t something you can learn by yourself. At least that’s how it was for me. But with little guidance from golf teacher, and lots of practicing, there is no doubt that you’ll amount to greater heights than you ever thought were possible. So, long story short, if you’re a beginner, i highly recommend getting couple of lessons to start with. Most basic things are the hardest to learn on your own. Once you have those fundamentals of golf nailed down, you can choose to cut your lessons short and learn by actually playing golf on the course.

When you’re already an amateur golfer, it’s harder to decide. Generally, it’s your body and stance that will need to be improved. Your body will giving you some signs that something’s not right with your golf swing. I’ll discuss those signals shortly.

If it hurts when you’re swinging, something might be wrong with your stance. Professional should be able to figure out exactly what, but sometimes, asking your friends who play golf can suffice. Knowing what’s wrong is not the solution to the problem, of course. You definitely need to seek help, either by your physician, or doctor.

Sometimes, you might feel like you’re doing everything right, but the results are disappointing. Which obviously means that there is a mistake that you’re not noticing. It’s pretty hard to notice significant flaw in yourself when you’re doing anything, and that is just exacerbated when you’re playing golf. I would, again, first talk with my friends to get 3rd person perspective on my swing. Hopefully, with constructive criticism, i would be able to improve my swing and solve my problem, but if not, it would be good time to check out golf lessons avialable near me. People are usually worried that golf lessons will be too expensive, but that’s rarely the case. Couple of lessons is all you’ll ever need to fix the problem, and they shouldn’t cost more than around hundred dollars.

Last, but very common reason for why people choose to seek golf instructors, is taking long breaks from golf. Whether you stopped playing because of worsening weather or some other factor doesn’t really matter. After few months of not playing golf, your skills would have inevitable gotten a little rusty, but with some guidance, you should be able to recover in no time. You can do it on your own as well, of course, it’s just that taking golf lesson is much more effective in terms of time spent.