Here’s why you should take up golf, no matter your age.
Golf has a reputation for being loved by retirees and generous to geriatrics. This is because it is played at a leisurely, carefree pace; it promotes cardiorespiratory endurance (particularly when players walk – rather than cart-walking – around the course); and it can help reduce the risk of premature death in people aged 65 and over.
But there are a ton of benefits to getting on the green as soon as possible. Sure, players of all ages can enjoy health benefits like stronger muscles, better balance, and more time with friends, but more and more millennials are discovering that golf is actually, well, costs. It’s the perfect excuse to stop scrolling Instagram, hang out with your IRL friends, and engage in some friendly competition, all while giving your body and mind some extra TLC. What could be more appealing to active youngsters than a full-body workout under the guise of socializing?
Rebecca Caimano, assistant executive director of First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, explains that another reason young people are drawn to golf is that the sport requires discipline: “You don’t really have the ability to just entering and exiting the golf course. You have to continue your 18 holes, so you have to overcome a bad game. There are no referees, no referee, so you are your own penalty taker” – a kind of autonomy that teenagers and young adults often crave.
Although golf is a low impact sport, muscle fatigue or tendonitis can sometimes show up in the lower back, elbow, wrist, knee and shoulder, especially if your form is not good. No matter your age or ability, you can avoid injury by warming up before a game, not locking your front elbow when getting into position, and rotating your entire upper body (rather than just your shoulders) while rotating your hips as you swing. , like golf summary recommended.
Ready to start? You will need materials. Caimano recommends getting a full set of clubs, which can be purchased based on your size and dominant hand. You’ll also need balls and tees – which you can buy used to save money – as well as gloves, cleats and a towel. Bonus: the Philadelphia area offers affordable classes.
Five places to learn golf near Philadelphia
First Tee Greater Philadelphia, Wissahickon
Best for: No-frills, low-cost instruction
You don’t need your own clubs to learn to play with First Tee, whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned player, or a coach who just wants some extra mentorship.
Five Iron Golf, Downtown
Best for: All-weather course
Five Iron is an indoor facility, so it’s ideal for year-round practice. If you prefer to practice your swing on your own, you can hire one of the super cool simulation areas.
Golf Science Center, East Market
Best for: Technology enthusiasts
The inside center offers 3D swing analysis that will help you make the par every time.
GOLFTEC, several suburban locations
Best for: Custom Club Fit
GOLFTEC has integrated club-fitting into its packages and offers easy booking and progress tracking via its app.
RiverWinds Golf and Tennis Club, West Deptford
Best for: Family outings
While you’re working on your game, your spouse or kids can join you for a group lesson or head to the on-site tennis court, restaurant or indoor water park.
Yendé Mangum: golf enthusiast; Mount Airy, 19 years old
“Golf is a sport that can be practiced across generations. It does not promote youth, size, strength or speed. Golf is not as taxing as a full-contact sport, allowing people to play and improve well into old age.
Lori Lancaster: golfer at Walnut Lane Golf Club; Chestnut Hill, 60
“Sometimes when I hit that golf ball, it flies, and sometimes it doesn’t go anywhere or it goes wrong. But sometimes it’s comforting. You’re on the course, enjoying the camaraderie between the people you’re playing with.
Posted as part of the “Find Your Lifelong Sport” package in the Be Well Philly 2022 print issue.