To support Loneliness Awareness Week, a topic which in recent times has been talked about widely along with the importance of increasing mental health awareness, we wanted to explore the benefits golf can have on those feeling lonely.
At Trafford Golf Centre, we pride ourselves on being an all-inclusive golfing facility – encouraging individuals of all abilities & backgrounds to pick up a club & get involved. Our PGA professionals also enjoy getting to know their clients and often become friends through their mutual love of the sport.
We believe that getting out and about, learning new skills and socialising with people with similar interests are all contributing factors to improved mental health.
As a sport, golf increases physical and mental capacity, creativity and the ability to solve problems, all of which are undoubted positives and bound to make you feel better. The physical side of golf is also known to be effective in treating mild to moderate depression.
We all know that golf is sociable sport, you’re always meeting new people and naturally you’ll end up making connections with people whenever you play. The social elements of golf allow you to make friends easily which in turn enables you to feel included and releases positive endorphins. By joining us on our Dino Falls Adventure Golf course or playing a virtual course on one of our TopTracer bays at the range – you’ll be bound to bump into at least one friendly face.
After practicing your swing, grab a cup of Starbucks coffee or a good old brew and take some time to talk – to anyone whether that be a family member, friend or even one of our lovely members of staff. Sharing problems, talking about how you’re feeling or just simply chatting about last night’s telly can do everyone the world of good and help you to feel more connected to the world.
If you’re new to the sport, or just fancy trying something new, we offer introductory golf assessments, expertly guided by our PGA approved golf instructors to make you feel comfortable and settle any nerves. We’re proud to say all of our golf coaches take the time to build relationships with clients and often become regarded as friends, so we would encourage anyone who is struggling with loneliness or indeed mental health and to open up – we are more than happy to listen and offer a helping hand.
I think it’s fair to say that most people don’t particularly like playing golf in the wind…
But if you can be a solid player when the breeze is blowing, you’ll have a big advantage over your colleagues and competitors.
In this article we’ll look at specific tips for playing golf in the wind – both cross winds and head winds.
I believe that most club golfers struggle in the wind because they simply don’t account for how much even a relatively gentle breeze can affect the flight of their golf ball.
A lot of the golfers I meet assume there has to be an almost gale-like head wind before they need to take an extra club. Rarely if ever would they consider taking 3 extra clubs.
And they either forget, or don’t realise, that the wind has a greater effect on the ball at the top of its flight. They only pay attention to how the wind feels around their ball, not remembering to check how it’s blowing around the tops of trees or the flag ahead.