Obviously, the quick answer from most avid players is that there is never too much golf. Well, I will admit that I think that golf is very important past time – hobby – lifestyle, there is a time where I find that I need a short break from the game. I need to recharge my batteries, both physically and mentally, and step away to do different things. The challenge is to know when that time is before it becomes a forced rest.
If I can, I like to play about five or times a week. This will include Men’s night and Senior Men’s day. Now that our course is well on its way to being a great track, I like to get out an enjoy the sunny weather as much as possible. Routinely, we play in the morning and are finished between 10 and 11 am. This offers time in the afternoon to do other things (or rest) that includes some yard work, more hobbies, forced shopping, or writing articles for The Grateful Golfer.
This amount of activity does seem high, but I manage all my energy expenditures especially due to recovering from stem cell treatments last fall. I still have times when I need to walk away from my favourite sport and do very little because my body is telling me that enough is enough. An that is the answer for those wondering ‘how much is too much golf?’
You body will tell you when enough is enough. Here are some cues I use to indicate it is time for a rest:
- I feel tired before I start
- My muscles are sore from yesterday’s activities
- My mental sharpness is waning
- I develop a ‘whatever ‘ attitude when playing
- My mind is wandering to other things I could be doing
- I become frustrated quickly from a poor shot
- I am just not ‘feeling it’
All of the above, and more, are cues for me to take a day or two off.
Fortunately, life helps with some forced rest. I have appointments that need to be seen too. The weather makes it too uncomfortable to play. Or I have chores that I feel I need to take care of. All of these and more (you have your own list) help me take a break without interupting my desire to play.
Since we have such a short golf season, managing the amount I play is important to maximize my time on the links. Golf is a passion and great fun. I am bless that I can still play and plan to as long as I can. It offers great health benefits, both physically and socially; so, I see it as a win – win sport.
There is a thing as too much golf (reader insert gasp here), but I try not to let it get to the point where I am forced to stop. I manage everything and so far it seems to be working.
Is there such a thing as too much golf?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!