Ditch the Cart and Walk the Course Instead
Carts are very nice because you strap your bag on and you get to place your beers, golf balls and tees right into the cart. It’s definitely convenient, but sometimes walking is the better option.
The yardages on the scorecard aren’t always accurate of how far you’re going to walk. If you take into consideration all the balls you may slice onto the opposite fairway, walking can take a little longer than you think.
A study says the average golfer walks about 6.6 miles during a round of 18 holes.
No matter if you are carrying just a cell phone or a bag of 14 golf clubs, a 6.6-mile walk is a workout.
So, instead of feeling bad about skipping the gym on the weekends, just make the decision to walk when you get to the course.
Walking is also a little easier on the wallet. To rent a cart for 18 holes can cost almost $40. Save that money for beers after the round at the 19th hole.
Walking may also help your game.
The time it takes to walk up to a shot is a little longer then hopping in the cart and zooming up to your ball. Walking is a little more peaceful and you get to take your time. As you are walking up to your ball you’ll be able to take the time to think about how you’re going to play your next shot. This creates a clearer mind when addressing the ball because with a cart you are hopping out really quick, finishing a beer and thinking about all that while you take practice swings.
In a sense, walking slows the game down mentally and lets you easily take your time and relax.
If there’s a group behind you when you are in a cart you might feel rushed and play faster than comfortable. If you’re walking, you can only walk so fast, so you get to take a deep breath and hit the best shot possible.
Walking has more advantages than disadvantages and I believe walking can be beneficial to your health and your golf game. What do you prefer doing? Do you like to walk the course or would you rather take a cart? Let us know by visiting Cape and Islands Golf Shop – we’d love to hear your opinions!