Why Disc Golf Is Good for Your Health and Your Wealth
By Daniel Rodriguez
For those of you who know me, you know I love to play disc golf! It is a fast growing sport that I started playing consistently in 2014. Since our theme this month is health and wealth, I would be remiss not to mention disc golf…
Why do I feel disc golf is good for your health? Disc golf is a fun way to be physically active! You may have heard that you should take 10,000 steps (around 5 miles) per day to be healthy. When I play a round of disc golf I typically walk some 6,500 steps, so that gets me more than half way there! Since I started playing disc golf consistently, the average number steps I take has increased from 4,000 to 6,000 steps per day. Disc golf also provides training in five fitness categories: muscle strength, flexibility, aerobic fitness, endurance, and mental challenge. Another added health benefit is an emotional one…more time with family and friends. Playing disc golf gives me extra time with my brother and some of my close friends who also enjoy the game. Many of them didn’t know about disc golf until I introduced them to it!
Why do I feel disc golf is good for your wealth? Disc golf is very inexpensive! First off, at most courses there are no green fees. At the ones that do charge, the green fee is typically under $5. Second, when you are first getting started, you can get by with one disc, which will set you back a whopping $10 – $20. Compare that to “ball” golf where a set of starter clubs can cost you over $200. And then you need to purchase golf balls as well! Playing disc golf has also been a great networking opportunity. There are times when I get to talk business in a casual setting (like “ball” golf!). And I have also been able to make connections for myself and others while playing a round.
Last year I sold my golf clubs and golf balls on Craigslist because I don’t plan to go back to “ball” golf. I prefer to play disc golf over “ball” golf…it is easier to learn, I can play 18 holes in under 2 hours, and I can play on a whim because I don’t have to book a tee time.
I hope you have learned a little bit about disc golf, and why I believe disc golf is good for your health and your wealth. If you have any questions or comments, please ask or share in the comments section below.