Did you know an average golfer takes about 90-100 shots in a round? However, only a handful actually ends up near the hole, but there must be something intriguing about the game. Just ask the estimated 30-50 million Americans who pay for this privilege every year.
Here are a few facts that you may not know:
- Golf is a nearly $70 billion industry, providing nearly 2 million jobs and a total wage income of $55.6 billion.
- Golf’s national charitable impact was $3.9 billion in 2011. More than 12 million people participated in 143,000 golf-related charity events at 12,000 different golf facilities.
- Walking 18 holes of golf equals 5 miles. You can burn about 2,000 calories when you walk and 1,300 when you drive a cart.
Playing a round of golf can take all day, so don’t forget to wear sunglasses. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation without eye protection can burn your eyes and result in eye damage, including cataracts and macular degeneration. It can even cause temporary vision loss or blindness! Look for sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection, large frames and a wraparound style. If nothing else, you’ll look better rooting around in the bushes for your ball. Nike Vision provides special sunglasses for golf fans. Check out the lens stimulator to experience wearing the Nike Max Golf Tint. It makes the golf ball stand out more clearly, provides 100% UV protection and enhances details of the fairway and green.
Now, I have to ask myself – what is it about the game that is so frustratingly attractive? The easy answer is that it’s enjoyable to spend time with people who are also willing to pay to embarrass themselves. However, the ultimate answer is: golf challenges us to ignore negative feelings and thoughts. It demands the highest degree of personal integrity and sportsmanship and it reminds us that persistence is preferable to quitting.
This post was written by guest blogger Mike Ammerman, who works in the Eye Health Management Department of VSP Vision Care.