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Golf: The Great Stress Reliever

Ken Snodin

For many people, playing golf is a way to work off the stress of everyday living. For others, however, it is the source of their greatest frustration. The game of golf can be a lot of fun, or it can be the most infuriating game known to humans.

No two golf games are alike, no matter how good or bad the players may be. One reason for this is that the weather conditions on the day you play will never be identical, and weather has a large role in the game of golf. While some die-hard fans will be on the course rain or shine, others will never play during thunderstorms. These people are probably smarter than the others! Wind is one feature of the weather that has an enormous impact on your game because it affects the way the ball travels. Golf balls spin when they are hit, and the spin can be enhanced by wind. This may cause the ball to drift away from its target. Golfers must account for the wind when they take their shots.

Golf is an excellent form of exercise if you walk the course. You will walk an equivalent of about four miles during an eighteen-hole game, since a good course is about two miles around. Doctors often recommend walking to keep the heart and lungs healthy. Walking is also a great stress reliever.

Playing a game of golf gives you a good reason to get out of the house and spend some time outdoors enjoying the beauties of nature. Most courses are well landscaped and located in nice areas. You can also watch the wildlife that lives around a golf course, including squirrels and rabbits. The proximity to nature helps you forget about the mistakes you made on your last shot. It calms you down so you can prepare for the shot to come.

Some golfers find that playing the game is one of the best stress relievers they've found. On the golf course, you can really hit something and not get in trouble for it. You are actually rewarded for hitting the ball as hard as you can. It's a perfect way to get rid of your stress.

There is also quite a bit of honor associated with the game. While this may be surprising to some people, it is a fact that golf is the only game in which a person calls a penalty on himself or herself. Those who play the game with honor never hesitate to do so when it is required. There are dishonorable players who claim to be good at the game, but who would never call a penalty, regardless of how much they deserved it. The scores of these players are meaningless, however. And this kind of behavior is likely to be evident in other parts of their daily lives.

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