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Get fit by taking up golf

Since May, many things have had to change, both in the world and specifically in golf, writes Sudbrook Moor Golf Club's Judith Hutton.

Other things may never change, such as the health benefits connected with participating in sport.

Golf has successfully emerged from the recent uncertain and difficult times and comes with a positive message both physically and mentally.

Daily course maintenance at Sudbrook Moor Golf Club. (39339437)
Daily course maintenance at Sudbrook Moor Golf Club. (39339437)

GPs are being urged to prescribe golf for their patients after a pilot scheme found it boosted levels of fitness, muscle strength and happiness.

Golfers on average walk over 10,000 steps during a physical round of 18 holes of golf, helping players to lose wight and stay in good, healthy shape. The amount of physical exercise that is accomplished during golf helps towards improving sleep, as well as reducing stress.

If you are completely new to golf, knowing how to start can seem a bit daunting. To get you started, it is best to seek helpful advice and instruction from one of the local PGA Qualified Professional Coaches who will show you how to hold the club properly and how to swing and aim.

Practice won’t make perfect but will help, and visiting a driving range will give you a chance to hit as many balls as you like to get a feel for your swing. It is also a quick way of releasing stress.

Like every sport or skill, practising will help you get better and it is amongst the most perfect games to involve all the family. Contact with green spaces is understood to be associated with stress reduction and it is good to be in the clean open air, amongst nature.

Presently, the courses are looking their very best and the greens staff at all the local courses are at their busiest, maintaining the upkeep.

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