As a breed, golfers are supremely optimistic. There must be something intrinsic to the sport that makes it so.
Maybe it won’t be raining at the golf course.
Maybe we can get nine holes in before the storm.
Maybe I can clear the water with my three-wood.
Maybe we’ll find it, after all, they cleared the leaves out of the woods recently.
We should be able to find it; it didn’t go that far into the rough.
I think we can get round before dark.
I can still chip in and make par.
If I make this putt, it will only be a bogey and there are plenty more birdie opportunities to come!
They are probably out of my range but I’ll wait just in case I hit the drive of my life, a strong gust of wind comes up, it hits a sprinkler head and ends up near the group in front who are, after all, only 325 yards away!!
Why is all this optimism important?
Multiple studies show optimists live longer and are generally healthier than pessimists. Optimists are also less likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes or smoke cigarettes. Optimists are generally supported by others. People who feel supported by others take better care of themselves. In addition, such social support may lower blood pressure and stress hormones, which helps the immune and cardiovascular system. (according to research carried out at the University of Utah).
According to the study, having an optimistic mind-set may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and early death, and optimism is associated with a range of favourable physical health outcomes and with greater success in work, school and relationships. GOLF=OPTIMISM=HEALTHY
I have to agree with the study. I always feel 100% better after being out on the course, irrelevant whether it was a good round or not. It gives you an incredible sense of achievement which nothing else can match. Playing golf can be the best form of exercise for you and your friends. It builds on that optimism which in turn makes you feel good. Never dwell on the bad shots, look forward to what might be your best shot ever from the most difficult place. (I know we put it there but we don't care about that now as an optimist!!)
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Just wanted to mention that there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing.
Martin and Helen Lake will be writing pieces on this blog, hopefully weekly! We have owned Ashton Golf centre since October 2008 and have enjoyed a rewarding first year in business. Martin is PGA Golf Professional and is able to answer any questions you may have with regard to the golf game. We both look forward to receiving your comments and ideas for our pay and play Golf Centre, Lancaster.