has been plenty of talk in the 19th hole of many golf clubs
about the “Macho” golfer who refuses to use any form of golf trolley, golf
buggy or even a caddie during a round of golf claiming “I like to keep fit”
… but have you ever wondered, just how much help could a trolley be to you?
What about fitness, how many calories do you burn whilst walking or would
you play better if you were in better shape?
let’s see if we can answer some of those questions, a gentleman called Neil
Wolkodoff, the director of the Centre for Health and Sport Science at the
Rose Medical Centre in Denver, decided he wanted to know some answers and
invested in $27,000 worth of equipment to conduct a set of tests on amateur
golfers. When he was done, he had some findings that could settle a lot of
those 19th hole arguments.
surprising result was golfers scored lower while walking with a caddie or
with their clubs on a push cart than they did when using a motorized cart.
And even more surprising was golfers carrying a golf bag posted the highest
As far as calories are concerned and as we might expect, the
most energy used was whilst walking with a bag (721 calories burned for
nine holes). But walking with a push cart was not far behind (718). Walking
with a caddie burned 621 calories for nine holes, and riding in a cart
still burned 411 calories on average. The tests even proved that just
swinging a golf club 100 times uses up a significant amount of energy.
the golfers went through rigorous testing before the study to establish
their aerobic endurance and anaerobic threshold levels — the point when
lactic acid build-up generally begins to impair co-ordination and
concentration. This became important because Wolkodoff could watch readouts
from six pounds of sensors strapped to the golfers and identify when they
had gone beyond their fitness level.
Another thing the study discovered was that exceeding one’s anaerobic
threshold usually went hand in hand with ineffective golf. Think, for
example, of someone walking up a steep hill and then having to execute a
delicate chip without the two-minute recovery period needed to restore
heart and respiratory rates to normal.
fit cuts strokes?
If you’re out of shape, exceeding your threshold could happen a few times every round, even while riding in a cart and your golf
game will suffer. Somebody with the yips might just be a little winded
after walking up to the green. At the same time, being in better physical
condition would make you better mechanically and mentally.
There were only 8 golfers in the test group with ages ranging from 26-62
and handicaps from 2-17. Each played the front nine at a
championship-quality Denver-area course four times on different days —
walking with a push cart, walking with a caddie, walking and carrying their
golf bag, and riding in a golf cart.
conditions were similar each day. The golfers were required, as much as was
possible, to approach the nine holes the same way each time. In other
words, if they had hit driver off the first tee in their first round, they
had to hit driver again on the first hole of their final three rounds. The
sequencing of how they played the rounds was varied; not everyone played
with a golf cart first, then with a caddie and so on.
The golfers’ results during the four rounds tracked
similarly with consistent statistical trends. For example, seven of the
eight golfers reported the same scoring pattern: lowest while playing with
a pushcart, followed by playing with a caddie, next playing in a motor cart
and last was playing while carrying their bag.
“It’s not a perfect study, but I think we discovered some things,”
Wolkodoff said. “You throw the findings out there and let people take their
pot shots at them, which is fine. I would like to see someone do a
follow-up study. But if it hasn’t been done before, it’s because of all the
time, equipment and data involved.”
This is just a snippet from the full report but should you want to know
more then please see me in the shop and I will give you the link. Content courtesy of onparblogs
the Junior Golf tour actively encourages all the players to use a golf
trolley for every event and highly recommend an electric trolley. Young
Professional golfers playing the lower tier golf circuits are also
encouraged to use either a caddie or an electric trolley and not carry
their own clubs. Check out the Europro tour on Sky Sports and see how many
players are using golf carts.
So in my opinion if you want to get more out of your golf then start using
as much help as you can get and using a trolley is a step forward to lower
Good luck with the new season and see you all soon!