By Daniella Banda
There’s no doubt that contact sports have taken a hit since the pandemic started, as such a great opportunity to take up a new hobby has presented itself. I’ve played golf for 5 years now and it’s a sport I believe is inclusive for all ages and skill levels. Playing golf doesn’t mean you’re training to be the next tour champion either it can make for a fun day out with friends while following social distancing guidelines.
It’s clear that we don’t know how much longer the pandemic will last so we have to continue following guidelines to protect ourselves and those around us. Many golf courses have adjusted their facilities to keep range stations 6 feet apart, eliminating food sales, sanitizing golf carts after use, and limiting golf club rentals.
- Golf is easy on the body.
When you start playing you’ll quickly realize how addictive the sport is. Unlike contact sports, running or weightlifting there’s a slim chance a beginner could sustain an injury. When I started playing golf I practiced consistently, maintained a stretching routine and this stopped me from feeling overworked. It’s also important to know most golf courses have accommodations such as golf carts or seating areas if you prefer not to stand for hours at a time. There’s also an opportunity to speak with instructors who can help you fix your swing.
- Golf is very humbling and requires practice
The best players get nervous and have bad shots too, no matter whom you meet at the golf course there’s a high chance they’ll be friendly or can recommend a teaching professional who can get you in great shape. It’s important to not take yourself too seriously and enjoy your surroundings. Consider exploring 18 holes on the golf course and keeping score when you feel confident.
If you’re tired of being around the same friendship circles or just need to meet some new business people, golf may the sport for you. You might want to start playing alone to build your confidence, but the game really becomes enjoyable when you make new friends on the course. As you continue to do this you can soon learn about someone’s life, business, or hobbies in just 4 hours, it’s incredibly social. Gradually assemble a group of friends or business partners that you play golf with on a regular basis, your enjoyment of the sport will increase.
- You can practice any time of the day
Depending on where you are, the best time to play golf would be summer, the weather is perfect and increased hours of daylight allow you to incorporate practice at any time of the day. The best way to start is to contact your local golf range and find out what time they open and close. In the past, I’ve snuck in a range session during a lunch break, after work or first thing in the morning. Whichever time you choose remember to stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and wear a wide-brimmed hat or a cap.
What I have done above is give you a few ways to get started on your golfing journey. Exercising while socializing, focusing while relaxing, and staying healthy without compromising those around you here are 5 good reasons why you should to play golf.
Thank you for reading!
I am a Zimbabwean student-athlete at Bryan College, majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications. I’m also a member of the Women’s Varsity Golf Team and my passion for golf began 5-6 years ago in Harare, Zimbabwe. During my high school years, I played field hockey at Mashonaland level, was on the swimming team, and represented the Zimbabwe Junior Golf Team in Zambia, Malawi, and South Africa. Throughout my college years, I have focused on personal development, fostering community, learning from like-minded individuals and connecting with inspiring leaders in various industries. If you’re interested in golf or collaborating do not hesitate to contact me :