Golf: The Great Stress Reliever
For many people, playing golf is a way to work off the stress
of everyday living. For others, however, it is the source
of their greatest frustration. The game of golf can be a lot
of fun, or it can be the most infuriating game known to humans.
No two golf games are alike, no matter how good or bad the
players may be. One reason for this is that the weather conditions
on the day you play will never be identical, and weather has
a large role in the game of golf. While some die-hard fans
will be on the course rain or shine, others will never play
during thunderstorms. These people are probably smarter than
the others! Wind is one feature of the weather that has an
enormous impact on your game because it affects the way the
ball travels. Golf balls spin when they are hit, and the spin
can be enhanced by wind. This may cause the ball to drift
away from its target. Golfers must account for the wind when
they take their shots.
Golf is an excellent form of exercise if you walk the course.
You will walk an equivalent of about four miles during an
eighteen-hole game, since a good course is about two miles
around. Doctors often recommend walking to keep the heart
and lungs healthy. Walking is also a great stress reliever.
Playing a game of golf gives you a good reason to get out
of the house and spend some time outdoors enjoying the beauties
of nature. Most courses are well landscaped and located in
nice areas. You can also watch the wildlife that lives around
a golf course, including squirrels and rabbits. The proximity
to nature helps you forget about the mistakes you made on
your last shot. It calms you down so you can prepare for the
shot to come.
Some golfers find that playing the game is one of the best
stress relievers they've found. On the golf course, you can
really hit something and not get in trouble for it. You are
actually rewarded for hitting the ball as hard as you can.
It's a perfect way to get rid of your stress.
There is also quite a bit of honor associated with the game.
While this may be surprising to some people, it is a fact
that golf is the only game in which a person calls a penalty
on himself or herself. Those who play the game with honor
never hesitate to do so when it is required. There are dishonorable
players who claim to be good at the game, but who would never
call a penalty, regardless of how much they deserved it. The
scores of these players are meaningless, however. And this
kind of behavior is likely to be evident in other parts of
their daily lives.
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