Assistant professor at Michigan State University, Margaret Ann Dimond has spent over 15 years in academia. When not teaching graduate leadership courses or donating her time to charitable organizations, Margaret Ann Dimond enjoys golfing in her leisure time and has been playing for over 30 years. Golf, like any other sport, grants players plenty of health benefits, though often unknown by players.
Physically, playing golf is great for heart health, as an 18-hole course can take hours to complete, meaning the heart rate is higher for a longer period than most other sports. This increased heart rate increases blood flow, which also improves brain stimulation, fighting off Alzheimer’s and dementia in old age.
As the number of steps needed for weight loss is 10,000 steps each day, it’s easy to far surpass that number during a golf game, with female players burning nearly 1,500 calories during an 18-hole round. Golf is also a sport with a very low risk of injury.
A golf game can lead to better sleep after a long day of being outdoors and can also help reduce stress by releasing endorphins and inspiring players to chat with friends and fellow golfers, leading to a better mood.
Dr. Margaret Ann Dimond is an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University. She has extensive research experience and has written many articles discussing clinical outcomes in social work as well as discharge planning. Outside of work and school, Margaret Ann Dimond, PhD, spends her time playing golf at the Great Oaks Country Club and has worked with the club to advocate for greater inclusivity of women in golfing activities.
First time golfers can often strike a great deal with stores that sell golf clubs. Many golf equipment sellers such as Titleist are now embracing the idea of “try-before-you-buy” and offering customers a chance to test their equipment before buying it. Clubs available for testing include current drivers, woods, irons, hybrids and wedges; this service is typically free of charge and lets customers take a few clubs or an entire bag for a day.
Many national dealers also assure their shoppers that recently acquired golf clubs from different brands may be returned with no extra charge. Other retailers, including Golfsmith, tender full in-store credit within 30 days, while both PGA Tour Superstore and Worldwide Golf let customers return clubs bought 90 days previously with full credit.