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Issue 606 - April 29th, 2020
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Tom's Featured Tip: Push Carts = Lower Scoring

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Last Friday I saw that the restrictions on golf courses in New York State were modified so that players could play, but not ride in a motorized cart.

I immediately went on Facebook and found a very good used push cart for a great price for sale in Orchard Park, NY. It was about 8:30 pm and I made the 45 minute trip with my wife and bought it.

It was a CaddyTek CaddyLite EZ and I couldn't be happier with it.

I tried it out last Saturday at the Batavia Country Club, a beautiful day in the low 50's but with a warming sun, and I found that walking and pushing a cart was enjoyable. My two playing partners didn't necessarily share my enthusiasm for walking, but they were not in the best of shape to begin with. One of the men was also playing with a pull cart (which is harder on the body than a push cart - the shoulder specifically), and he really hated walking. The other man was carrying a light bag and was okay with it.

Personally, I think I'm going to continue to use a push cart even when the restrictions are lifted. It actually enhanced my joy for the game, I felt a little more "connected".

I was curious about the effect that pushing a cart and playing had on scoring so I did a little research. I found a study that concluded that walkers score lower than motorized cart-riders (with one exception).

Neil Wolkodoff, the director of the Center for Health and Sport Science at Rose Medical Center in Denver, conducted a study that showed several benefits to walking and using a push cart when you play.

Some of his findings below were obvious, some were not:
  1. Walkers played better than riders, except when carrying their own bag of clubs.
    Seven of the eight golfers involved in the research followed a similar pattern in their average scores on the par-35, 9-hole track:
    • walking with push cart (40)
    • walking with caddie (42)
    • riding in a motorized cart (43)
    • walking while carrying a bag (45)

  2. Walkers burn more calories.
    The most energy expended was the highest for
    1. walkers who carry a bag (721 calories)
    2. followed by walking with cart (718)
    3. walking with caddie (718)
    4. cart riding showed a huge drop-off (411)

  3. Being fit cuts strokes off your score.
    Says Wolkodoff: If you're out of shape, exceeding your threshold could happen a few times a round, and your golf game will suffer. Being winded after walking up an elevated tee box, or leaving your bag near the next tee and walking back to chip can reduce the effectiveness of the next shot. He said it takes two minutes for your heart rate to fully recover from being elevated.

  4. Golf is a sport, not just a game.
    We know that the golf swing uses almost every muscle group in the body. We also know it uses a pretty significant amount of energy, not as much as running a 10K but more than people think.

  5. Walking 18 holes is good for your health.
    The health benefits of walking was the best news of our study, he says. Playing 18 holes of golf while pushing a cart twice a week shouldn't replace an overall fitness regimen, but it could be a very worthy supplement.

  6. Motorized Cart use does not speed up play.
    This was also in the article, but not related to Wolkodoff's research. The writer said the idea that motorized carts speed play is a myth that has been debunked by several studies but a myth that persists nonetheless.
I also found a list of the best push carts for 2020 here:
Best Push Carts for 2020

Try it. If you're in reasonably good shape I think you'll like it.


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