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The Pros and Cons of Walking 18
By Kickntrue on 8/20/08
Two recent studies revealed interesting info about walking instead of riding. The results are good and bad. First- people who walk on average live 5 years longer than other people. I'd say it's fair to call that "good." The bad news is a separate study showed that walking 18 changes your swing over the course of a round from fatigue and you actually shoot a worse score.
While these almost fall into the "no kidding..." category I do think the second (playing worse) study is at least worth thinking about a bit. I definitely have friends who insist that they focus better and play sharper when they walk. I personally find it harder to hold my beer.
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I still say walking is better. This sunday, it may have been proven that riding has better scores than walking. I shot 74 in the morning with my boss, and then went to play with some guys i know in the afternoon. We walked the afternoon round and i ended up in the high 80s. The reason for that is mostly because of fatigue and not eating anything since breakfast.
I'll go on record though, as saying that i generally shoot better when i walk and worse when i ride. Walking not only gives me time to think about my shot, it gives me time to FORGET something that i did wrong and just de-stress before the next shot. Walking keeps my muscles warm too. I'm in pretty good shape and after 18 holes i'm usually barely winded if i keep myself supplied with a power bar and water. For that reason, I think the article is right when it says the state of your physical being has a lot to do with it
They don't mention this in the article, but I imagine there's a big difference between carrying and using a pullcart in terms of the fatigue.
I always play better when I walk b/c of the aforementioned "beer holder" functionality.
hogan ---- indeed. The beer holder seems to also be a hindrance to my game.
Beer may hinder your game, but look how intelligent you become. Cliff Claven explains this phenomenon. "Alcohol is known to kill brain cells, but through the natural selection of survival of the fittest, it will kill the weakest cells first, so the more you drink, the smarter you become Normie"
Is there really a debate about which is better? Walking is the only way to go.
First of all, walking and dealing with fatigue is what makes golf a sport in my opinion. Otherwise it is just a game with no real athletic merit (in a way of thinking). Kind of like darts.
Secondly, the natural pace created by walking enhances the experience and game. The walk between shots gives time to put the previous shot in the past and concentrate on the next one (Did anyone else think about what Sergio lost by running off the course to use the facilities during the PGA Championship? Instead of following the normal routine and prep for the next shot, he was running off and on the course). When riding, in between shots you have to focus on driving and following the cart rules. You also become partly responsible for another players' ball. For me, it is a distraction that takes away from the experience of golf.
Also, there was study a few years ago that determined a golfer gains calories when riding in a cart. That is because the consumption of beer plus the lack of exercise results in a positive calorie gain.
Tyler Cox says:
I always walk when I go to my country club, because its free, you find more balls, and i would like to say i play better. For high school golf you have to walk so its really no different.
If everyone walked on my home course, a round would take 6-7 hours. Not to mention the extreme heat would probably kill half of them. I get enough EXCERCISE from work and chasing my dogs. Golf is relaxing and riding in a cart adds to the relaxation. I play for the enjoyment, not the physical fitness aspect.
I love to walk, it definitely helps the mental side of the game. You really feel the penalty of missing the fairway by 30 yards way up the hill. I hate having to drive around and find my partners ball, then drive over to mine before I begin thinking about how to play my next shot. The only downside to walking is the shoulders start feeling real heavy by the end of a round. I swear my clubs weigh twice as much as anyone elses I know.
I'm right down the middle of the fairway on this. I walk, but I have a remote controlled cart. It's the best of both worlds. It's like having a caddy without the small talk. When I ride, which is very rare, I do feel very distracted, especially if my cart partner is having a bad day.
I highly recommend a remote cart, if you don't mind the price tag. The one I have my eyes on next is two grand, but it's a bad mother....
If I had to walk, I'd be lucky to get in 18 holes a week. I work outside in the heat and humidity all day long, and the last thing I want to do while getting in 9 holes after work is walk it.
Not to mention, when one of those "out of nowhere" southeast NC thunderstorms roll in, I'd rather be in a cart with roof and windshield than standing there holding my bag, dripping wet, and trying to run 4 holes to cover. ;)
mr t, you're the man, hard days work and then 9 "Play on Playa"
I just saw the Dream Machine and I must have one. I, too enjoy walking and my first cart was the Sn Mountain E cart, but I am now ready to upgrade to the Bugati of carts. Thanks for the tip.
ToddRobb Those remote carts are cool. I saw one go out of control and start humping another pullcart, It was one of the funniest things I've seen. It climbed up on the other cart, then lost traction and fell back, then climbed up again several times in rapid succession. I thought we were going to have to throw a bucket of cold water on it to make it stop.
M2D - you are too much, senor! Carts Gone Wild!
walking is a wonderful aspect of the game and carts to change this. however they do speed the game up and it seems everyone is interested in increasing the pace of play. until the segway x2 or another variant becomes common or even the standard (as two person carts are today) that allows one to walk or ride and carries the clubs along would allow for speed of play and the more purest aspect of a "good walk spoiled"
Love to walk when I play golf! Can't!! Due to heart problems if I walk and push/pull my clubs I can only play 2-3 holes before I wheeze out. With my remote control cart I can make 5 or 6 holes. Still not enough to card a handicap score. So, ride I must. But if I had a choice I'd much rather walk in accordance with all the walking enthusiasts and the positive aspects it has for your game, especially NOT having to ride to and find your cart partner's ball before you hit yours. If anyone's interested I have a remote control cart, practically brand new, that I haven't used for over a year. I'm going to post it on the "For Sale" FORUM dept. of oobGolf for $650 if anyone's interested.
It has one small mechanical defect that I have new parts for, which I will explain via e-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org
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