Golfers Live Longer Than Non-Golfers, Study Finds

A study found that golfers have an 8% lower death rate than non-golfers

Golfers Live Longer Than Non-Golfers
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A study found that golfers have an 8% lower death rate than non-golfers

Golfers Live Longer Than Non-Golfers, Study Finds

A US study has shown that playing golf can keep you alive for longer.

The 10-year study by the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Institute looked at 5,900 people over the age of 65 who had yearly clinical exams and visits every six months.

Of the 5,900 people, 384 played golf once a week and that group had an 8% lower death rate than the non-golfers.

"Due to its social nature and controlled pace, people often maintain motivation and the ability to continue playing the sport even in older age and after suffering heart attack or stroke," the study's author Zeenat Qureshi said.

"While walking and low intensity jogging may be comparable exercise, they lack the competitive excitement of golf. Regular exercise, exposure to a less polluted environment and social interactions provided by golf are all positive for health."

He also said that, whilst golf hasn't been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack or strokes, it can be used as a protective factor against early death risk.

"Regular exercise, exposure to a less polluted environment and social interactions provided by golf are all positive for health," Qureshi said.

This can be seen as more good news for golfers after an England Golf survey showed that the game can save local authorities millions of pounds due to the health benefits.

The findings, based on research by England Golf, Mytime Active and ukactive, with on 3,200 golfers, estimated that golf is saving local authorities in the survey area £3.4m per year in health costs, and the savings could increase if less-active golfers up their participation.

An average 18-hole round of golf sees players walk over 6.5 miles and a 9-hole round burns over 700 calories.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x