Women over 50 look to golf for fit, social activity

WASHINGTON — While golf has always been associated with men of a certain set, the sport has also attracted women over 50 looking for a way to get in shape, stay in shape or stay social.

“‘Women over 50’ is actually the fastest growing population of newcomers to the sport,” said Marian Geist, an LPGA teaching professional.

She says golf is a social sport and added, “Golf is something that draws people in, I think, really for the social aspect, and then the fitness and the movement is just sort of a side effect.”

She says golf gives something special to women who have given so much over the years to family, friends and careers. Geist added, “A lot of women are saying, ‘Hey some of my friends play golf. I want something just for me.'” But some women also take up golf because of their significant other, Geist explains.

And perfecting your swing may not be as time consuming as you think.

“The golf swing — a full swing — only takes 1.2 seconds from take away to impact. Then of course there’s a follow through that we don’t count,” Geist said. “So you’re learning to do a move that takes 1.2 seconds. How much time would it take everyday for you to do 15 of those moves?”

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