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Each year, 25 million Americans leave their humble abode to set foot on the rich greens of their local golf course. In fact, golf remains one of the most played sports in the United States, partially due to its universal playability. You don’t have to be muscle-bound or 7-foot tall to pick up a golf club. It’s a fun, relaxing, and outdoor-oriented sport that can be played by anyone of virtually any age. But, like all other sports, golf is competitive. You want to perfect your swing, maximize your drive, and eliminate those oh-so-terrifying Lucy shots.
“Happiness is a long walk with a putter” — Greg Norman
We recently partnered with Troon —the world’s largest and most prestigious professional golf club management company — to provide our patented line of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to professional golfers and golf enthusiasts worldwide. At Functional Remedies, we’re avid golf fans, and our product is already widely used by professional golfers. In fact, Scott McCarron — Jack Nicklaus Trophy Winner, 2019 PGA Tour Champions Player of the Year, and 3x PGA Tour Winner — admits that “roughly 75% of Champions Tour players are taking CBD oil, with about 30% of PGA Tour players using it.”
So, why are so many golfers taking Hemp Oil? And why is Functional Remedies partnering with the world’s foremost club management company? Believe it or not, Hemp Oil may not just help you balance your mood and reduce golf injuries, but it may also help you improve on your game. And that’s something every golfer can get behind.
Golf is Good For Your Health
“Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character.” – Arnold Palmer
Sure! Golf isn’t the most physically demanding sport on the planet, and you don’t need to stick to a diet of raw broccoli and bland chicken to compete on the course (we’ve always preferred steak and mac n’ cheese). But that doesn’t mean that golf isn’t healthy. In fact, golf may be the most health-driven sport on the planet. Research shows that golfers are 40% less likely to die than non-golfers of the same age. That’s huge! But it gets better. Roy Morgan’s data suggests that golfers are also 30% less likely to experience anxiety and 38% less likely to experience depression.
That may sound too-good-to-be-true, but there’s some logic behind those statistics. You burn around 1,500 calories walking 18 holes with a bag. In other words, you’ll burn over half of your daily calorie allowance if you walk the holes during your 18-hole round of golf. To put that into perspective, a full-court game of basketball will burn roughly 800 calories per hour. Even if you want to take the cart for a spin (who doesn’t?), you’ll still burn well over 500 calories during that 18-hole outing.
But, it’s not just the exercise that makes golf incredibly healthy. It’s also the relationships and bonding. 50% of salespeople admit that there is “no better way” to get to know a client than over a round of golf. Talking on the greens is an American pastime. Business relationships are forged, friends are made, and bonds are built behind shiny metallic drivers. Did you know that a whopping 90% of Fortune 500 CEOs regularly play golf? It’s their job to understand people, and learning the ins-and-outs of humans will never be easier than on a golf course, where emotions, secrets, and happiness explode out of every drive. Believe it or not, those golf relationships also feedback into your health. People with strong social ties have a 50% better chance at survival than their peers.
Let’s be honest: most of us don’t play golf to earn sneaky favors from the Grim Reaper (who is obviously an avid golfer). But it helps. And behind every birdie lies an incredible truth: golf may be increasing your lifespan.
Benefits Come With Practice and Patience
The more I work and practice, the luckier I seem to get.” – Gary Player
Want to hear a secret? The more you golf, the more health benefits you receive. So, those long hours on the course perfecting your putt aren’t just selfish, competition-driven time sinks. They’re investments in your health (feel free to add that to your excuse box). But, most of us aren’t playing golf solely for health benefits. We play to win. So, chances are, you want to get better at golf, right? From the pros at the tippy-top of the PGA Tour to the amateur lounging in a Troon Clubhouse, golfers across the globe spend hours upon hours perfecting their skills. In fact, a massive 14 percent of golfers will take lessons from a pro this year.
We want to make one thing abundantly clear, nothing (not even Troon’s luxury-padded clubhouses or our benefits-bound Hemp Oil) will improve your game as much as practice. In fact, pro golfers spend hours upon hours on the course every single day. So, there’s no shortcut to golf greatness. Yes, there are plenty of tips that can help you get better. Getting fitted to your putter, holding your pose, and perfecting your swing are all crucial golf components, but they come with time.
If you want to dominate the course, we recommend two straightforward tips:
- Practice plenty
- Walk more
That second tip may actually be more important than the first. Walk. Don’t hop into the cart and blast music as you haphazardly speed to the next hole. Pick up your clubs and take a slow-and-steady walk to your ball. Sure! It takes more time, and it’s certainly more physically demanding. But, by walking, you can really take in the experience. Because, at the end of the day, that’s what golf is all about: the experience. The wind slowly rocking the tree branches, the cool air blowing off the water, and the crisp crunch of well-manicured grass help sync you to the game. Groundskeepers spend hours upon hours going over the nitty-gritty details of the golf course. When you ride your cart and blaze through the game, you start to miss all of those details.
Mastering golf requires a connection to the course itself. A black-tie affair in the clubhouse with roasted veggies and a well-charred steak is great, and we certainly consider upscale dining and casual friend hangouts as a de facto component of golf itself. But, once you walk out to the greens, it’s you vs. the course. The more time you spend immersing yourself in that course, the better your game will get. When you walk to the hole, you have time to strategize, cool down after a bad shot, and really appreciate the beauty of the game. And believe us when we say this: this appreciation translates into your putts.
How Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Can Help Your Golf Game
“[Functional Remedie’s] long-standing commitment to delivering exceptional products at the highest standards is part of what makes them such a great fit with the Troon experience.” — Brett Brooks, Troon’s Director of Global Partnerships