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Golf is exercise?

Poll Results: Is golf exercise?

 
  • 85% (6)
    Yes
  • 14% (1)
    No
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

The compendium of physical activities! If it's hosted on google it must be true?

 

This has an obvious "error" (golf walking - pulling clubs is more strenuous than golf walking - carrying clubs?) but it is interesting nonetheless. 

 

In the beating a dead horse category - it lists golf as a sport and skiing as a winter activity.

 

Skiing ranges from 4.3 (light) to 8 (racing) METs, but is qualified by "active time only" (presumably excluding lift time). Golf ranges from 3.0 (driving range) to 5.3 (walking and pull cart).

 

And finally ... there is now proof that golf is better than sex (at least by METs)!

post #2 of 10

I hate to say it, but, flawed poll.

 

Walking 18 holes is exercise, golf via riding in a cart is not.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

TeeHee - I was thinking about making a flawed poll option for voting. 

 

But if you believe the numbers even golf - riding is more exercise than sex. In my case, I don't believe it, but my exes may have a different opinion.

post #4 of 10

Agree that riding 18 holes isn't exercise for a good golfer.  How about for a total hack though?  All that trudging through the woods looking for the dam ball.... AGAIN.  Walking back and forth across the lightning fast and steep nipple shaped green trying to get your chip shot to stick.  That can be physically challenging right?redface.gif

 

Driving range??  Take 20 years off of golf, then go hit 300 range balls.  Tell me that wasn't exercise??th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

I doubt it would be that bad for me, but we've all been behind "that guy".  Yes, he is getting a workout for sure..

post #5 of 10

This thread reminds me of an old cartoon:  Four guys stepping out of their carts on the first tee smoking and with drinks in their hands, and one of them is saying "Golf is a sport, therefore we are athletes."

 

I read once that 25% of Americans consider getting the mail exercise.  We all make up our own definitions, but IMO if you aren't breaking a consistent sweat, it is hard to consider it exercise.

post #6 of 10

Golf Magazine did a breakdown a few years back on this, and walking 18 while carrying your bag you burn a *ton* of calories.  The surprising thing was, you still burned quite a few even while riding in a cart, although they didn't specify if that was with path only rules or not (big difference there).

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Golf Magazine did a breakdown a few years back on this, and walking 18 while carrying your bag you burn a *ton* of calories.  The surprising thing was, you still burned quite a few even while riding in a cart, although they didn't specify if that was with path only rules or not (big difference there).



I can probably burn a few hundred raking out a single bunker after I'm done with it, at least some days. :)

 

1000 to 1500 calories total for walking seems to be the range -- since running comes in at about 100 calories/mile, the bag and all the other stuff involved with golf must really add up.

 

One of those "stealth" workouts for sure. I'd personally put it up there with upland birdhunting or hiking. 

post #8 of 10
Golf is playing fetch with yourself. Good for you if you walk the course, even better if you carry your clubs. I preferred playing paintball, cost about the same too.
post #9 of 10

Walk and carry on a hilly course in weather and you know that you have had a workout.  The U.S. Armature is going to be played on The Gold Course at Soldiers Hollow (Midway, Utah) this year.  We mortals are required to ride this course.  To prove golf really is exercise the competitors are going to be carted between the holes.  They feel that having the competitors dropping from altitude and exertion would be bad form.  Walked and carried the Silver Course there and it required a lot of hydration after wards; thank God for Squatters beer.

post #10 of 10

I once walked 18 holes at Rancho San Marcos - just over the mountains from Santa Barbara.  I'd say I probably burned 3,500 calories that day, easy, as I lost about 5 pounds in water weight even while drinking lots of water / gatorade.  Granted, it's a course where they strongly recommend that you take a cart but surprisingly don't require it.

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