Golf tip of the week

Shrink handicap and waistline

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
Use the golf cart or walk the course?

Among the many reasons golf can be an attractive recreational activity is the physical benefits involved, especially for players who choose to walk instead of taking a motorized cart.

Susan Bond has come up with a unique program that combines improving your golf game and getting in better shape. Bond, the secretary/treasurer of the New England PGA, is also head professional at Weekapaug Golf Club in Westerly, R.I.

Bond writes:


“In order to keep my membership, especially my female members, excited about golf, I am continually looking for new ways to keep them involved. Recently, I started a ‘Take 3 Challenge,’ the concept of which was to combine golf instruction and fitness.

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“I challenge the participants to lose 3 points off their handicap index, in addition to losing 3 pounds of weight. I decided to limit the challenge to 3 points and pounds to keep it manageable and obtainable for the participants.

“I have found that losing 3 points and pounds may be achieved easier than 5 or more, which helps keep the goal in reach and keeps the participants inspired.

“Each week during the challenge, I walk 3 miles with the group, in addition to time spent in our club’s fitness facility. I also work with the group members on their golf games to help them lower their handicap index.”

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