Just wanted to see what everyone's thoughts are on walking vs. riding 18 holes...do you normally walk or ride? is there a reason you prefer one over the other?
On Sunday I walked 18 holes for the first time ever (using a push cart). When I first started playing a few years ago, I would walk the 9 hole par 3 course by my house but never anything else outside of that.
A few things about my first experience (please remember this is coming from someone who has never walked lol):
- Played pretty bad...and I mean "pretty bad" based on my current game / personal standards. I am normally anywhere between 94-98 (120-129 slope courses) and rarely shoot over 100. I ended up with 108. Obviously, it could have absolutely nothing to do with walking lol...but just saying
- Im very into running / fitness so did enjoy it from the "workout" perspective. Not saying it was a major workout or anything...but definitely felt some good burn on the legs when pushing the cart up the uphill par 5s etc.
- The one thing I did not like at all was, every time I got up to my ball I could feel my heart beating faster and generally just being more "pumped up" than if I just rode a cart up to my ball. Love this feeling during a workout but during a round of golf, I have a hard enough time as it is...feeling jittery / pumped up (anything other than calm) just makes it that much harder for me. Im a fast player as it is, so I probably was walking to my ball faster and with more intensity than I should have. Maybe I should try walking a little slower next time?
- I did not like having all that extra time in between shots to think lol! Because there is more time between shots, it was more time for my mind to do what it should not be doing like thinking about the bad shot I just hit or...thinking about the par putt I missed on the last hole etc. I know this is something that I need to control and perhaps use that time to be focusing on what I need to do with my next shot but, the bad thoughts are much less when I ride...probably because I just scoot up to my ball, take a club out, setup and swing...weather intentionally or not, when riding I just seem to be more focused on getting to my ball and hitting than analyzing past shots etc. Might be the exact opposite for some people?
- It was 45 degrees out. Not sure if this helped our hurt me. I was thinking it might actually keep me warmer to walk since the muscles will be moving more etc. Figured 45 degrees probably would feel colder just sitting in a cart and only getting out to hit the shot etc.
- The course I walked is 6600 yards from the tips (I play the 6100 yard white tees). A good amount of big and small hills, slopes etc. The course was not very busy. Finished in 3 hours and 15 minutes...when this course is busy it usually takes me 4-4.5 hours when riding.
Looking forward to hearing everyone's opinion!