Off the top of my head, I can’t think of many sports (or many activities for that matter) where being out-of-shape can be beneficial. OK, there’s Sumo Wrestling. And there are belly-flop contests. But outside of those, I’m at a loss. So one would think that being in good physical condition could help with any sport. But what about golf? In a game that really demands more of a good technique and good mechanics than it does top physical condition, does being in good shape really matter? Well, even though the sport does require more of a mechanical skill, I just can’t see how being in good shape can’t help.
With that being said, I’m planning to find out for myself. See, I’ve begun to realize that I’m not getting any younger. As a matter of fact, there have even been some times where, physically, I feel older than I should. That’s not a good feeling. So I’ve begun to do something about it. Recently, I’ve started exercising a bit more and eating a bit less. It’s amazing – by simply getting a bit more active and cutting out some of the foods and drinks I’ve had, or reducing the amount of them anyway, I was able to drop thirteen pounds relatively easily. So I’m going to keep it up and see where this takes me.
But besides the obvious health benefits, one of my hopes is that there is some parallel between my weight and my handicap - both of them dropping. And I don’t see any reason this wouldn’t happen. By losing weight I would think this would help to sharpen the technique for a golf swing. If the body mass is cut down (and by that, I mean the gut shrinks) naturally you would have to figure the swing would simply become more smooth. It doesn’t stop there though. By dropping weight and improving my condition, I should have more energy for the round. So that feeling of fatigue that hits at some point on the back nine should be minimized, if not eliminated altogether.
I shouldn’t be looking at this from only a golf standpoint, and I’m not. It’s important to take care of oneself, and I’ve neglected to do it as well as I should. But it’s never bothered me much before. However, recently I’ve started noticing that I get tired a little faster and some formerly easy task become more of a chore. So if this works, and I can improve my health and golf game at the same time, then why not keep up the effort? For the time being, overall health improving – golf game is yet to be seen. Stay tuned.
Swing ’til you’re happy!