Does Golf Relieve Stress?

For as long as I can remember people have told me they use golf to relieve stress. I just don’t get it. I mean, I get it but it just doesn’t work with me. When I think of ways to reduce stress things like meditation, yoga, tai chi and a little couch time come to mind.

Now, some might prefer to go for a walk and see what nature has to offer and others might get involved in sports or an activity. Golf isn’t one of them, for me at least. It’s made up of different elements known to be stress relievers like walking outside or being with friends and even a little physical activity but when you add it all up, the sum doesn’t quite deliver.

Everybody that has played golf can agree that it is frustrating and and could be a little taxing on us mentally. We go through a roller coaster of emotions when we’re out there. When we tee off and land two fairways over – stress. When it takes us 3 or 4 strokes to get out of a sand trap – more stress. When we’re on in 2 and shoot a 7 - not a happy camper. See where this is going?

Let me also add that most golfers will say their worst day on the course is better than their best day at work. True but that’s because roughly 80% of us are dissatisfied with our jobs. My solution to this problem is simple, we must revel in our crappy golf play. Golf stinks, knowing that have some fun!

Hit’em long…yell FORE!!!

Comments

  1. Your post is very funny! I suggest that stress on the golf course is relative. Scoring high on a hole is not big deal, but leaving an eagle putt shot…then I stressed…haha. Thanks for sharing.

    The Grateful Golfer.

  2. @thegratefulgolfer.com – Thanks for commenting! Very true, stress on the course is relative. Unfortunately, I usually relate to messing up most putts…

  3. I find golf to be an effective stress reliever. The reason behind this is that I get to vent away all of my stress during the week at each swing that I do. I’d definitely agree that missing those putts might be a bit frustrating however, I just keep in mind that it’s all part of the game and experience would be my assets for the next holes.

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