Walking or Riding?
Or, maybe it could be better titled "To walk or not to walk, that is the question." Huh?
Riding is fun. It's quicker and easier, too. Simply put your bag on the cart. No need to lift the bag or drag your bag over those same hills. Hit your ball over there. No problem, just get in the cart and zip over there.
As I've gotten older I've become more sedentary. I sit more often rather than I stand and I ride more often than I walk. But, there's something missing - the feel of the fairway beneath my feet.
When golfing I much rather walk the course. To feel the soft fairways brings bounce to my step. Walking through the rough up and down the hills in pursuit of my ball reminds me of our farm growing up chasing our cows back into the pasture. Enjoying getting back to nature.
In the final analysis, walking helps me get and stay in shape. Riding doesn't. Walking helps me measure distances better than riding. I also find more lost balls when I'm walking and that can be a good thing. But, walking requires preparation. Before I began walking I...
- Bought a pull-cart. This was before push carts came out. I still pull, but I think a push cart might be in the cards for next season. Many of you can skip this step for now, if you select the next item.
- Bought a stand bag. Now, I don't carry my bag, but I find that a stand bag weighs less because there are fewer places to store all my golf gear and I have to leave lots of unnecessary items behind.
- Began walking and working out. Walking the course once a week, however isn't frequent enough to get me in shape. I need to walk every day and I can tell when I haven't.
- Count Your Steps. Download one of those set counter apps for your phone to count your steps each day (By the way, don't forget to take your phone with you when you go walking).
I'll walk as long as and whenever I can. How about you? Do you walk or ride? Let me know your thoughts below.
Until next time, I look forward to seeing you on the green.