bigwinisland.jpg  I will never walk another 18 holes of golf again in my lifetime.  I know on some courses walking isn’t even permitted, but for a below average golfer, walking should never be allowed on any course. 

I have a few friends that believe golf is a non-physical sport and requires little, if any, physical conditioning.  Little do they realize that the best golfers in the world engage in some sort of strength and/or conditioning, and the ones that don’t consistently train, rarely finish high on the leaderboards.  All physical activities require some sort of general physical preparedness, golf is physical, it is an activity, and you better be prepared.  Watching athletes on television has a tendency of making things look relatively easy while  novice athletes have a misconception in regards to the amount of hard-work and effort required to play on a professional level. 

Lets take into consideration that some of us are decent to bad players, in other words, we are lucky if we play bogey golf.  For a novice golfer let’s add in the fact that you have to swing the club with extreme effort at least 2 times per hole, and on par 5’s sometimes three heavy effort swings.  Now we’ll add in the fact that, if you’re not on the tour or a scratch golfer, you have to play out of trouble most of the time.  Golf courses measure the distances from the tee box to the green., in other words, they don’t zig-zag throughout the course on each individual hole like I do.  (I guess it’s a way of getting my moneys worth)  I actually considered doing the math on how I can turn a standard 5500 yard course into over 8000 yards.  Needless to say, I hit the ball hard, I hit long, and I don’t play very well, which means, I am all over the place.  

Whenever a sport or a game has a large prize pool or hefty salaries you’d best believe that most players stay in some sort of shape.  Could golfers be in better conditioning?  Probably!  However, the same goes for most athletes in every other sport.