Seriously, don’t let age stop you from joining in on a really fun and beneficial sport like disc golf
I know I look like I’m in my mid 20s, <narrator voice> he paused for the laughter</narrator voice> but I’m over fifty. I’ve taken up disc golf after a hiatus, and I’m having a blast. But, a few things are really stick out to me.
Playing disc golf in the summer in Central/South Texas is a challenge at any age. So, it’s natural for me to assume that certain physical activities become less accessible or enjoyable. But, and this is a big but, disc golf defies this notion. With its low-impact exercise and truly welcoming community, disc golf offers a fantastic way to stay active, engaged, and connected, even at fifty. So Scott you ask, why is disc golf good for someone over 50 and what should I look out for. Well, dear reader, I’m glad y’all asked. I’ll explore the enduring appeal of disc golf and highlight the benefits for people who play the sport past fifty years old.
- Engaging in a Lifetime Sport: Disc golf is a sport for all ages, and reaching your fifties should not be a barrier to participation. Unlike my former sports of wrestling, rugby, and martial arts, disc golf offers you a chance to get good exercise without a serious risk of breaking or tearing something. The nature of disc golf allows players to adjust their throwing style and intensity to accommodate their physical capabilities but still maintain an fun and competitive experience.
- Social Connection and Community: Disc golf is known for its welcoming community and camaraderie among players. Does it have some quite true stereotypes? Totally. Are those justified? Pretty much, but way less than it used to be. An observation I’ve made is regardless of age, people come together to share their passion for the game, exchange tips and techniques, and usually seriously supportive of each other. I can count on one hand in the past 14 years the number of total assholes I’ve encountered. I seriously can’t say that about any other sport or activity I’ve participated in. of course, I was probably the asshole but I’ve really worked on that over the years. Playing disc golf past fifty not only keeps you physically active but also gets you out of the house and interacting with some cool people. Some of the genuine friends I have came from disc golf. Anyone my age can tell you that it’s hard to make friends once you get older and have kids.
- Mental Stimulation and Strategy: Disc golf is not just a physical activity; it’s a game that requires skill, strategy, and mental focus. As you get old as I am, engaging in activities that stimulate your mind becomes increasingly important. Disc golf presents numerous challenges, such as reading the course, assessing wind conditions, and strategically selecting discs for different shots. These mental exercises can help sharpen cognitive abilities and keep your mind agile.
- Health Benefits: Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining overall health, and disc golf provides a unique avenue for exercise. Walking the course, navigating various terrains, and throwing discs engage multiple muscle groups, improving cardiovascular fitness, strength, and flexibility. Furthermore, spending time outdoors exposes you to natural sunlight, boosting vitamin D levels and promoting a positive mood. I find hiking incredibly boring, and I think that disc golf is like hiking but with something to do.
- Stress Relief and Enjoying Nature: One of the most cherished aspects of disc golf is the opportunity to immerse oneself in nature. The sport often takes place in scenic parks or dedicated disc golf courses, allowing me to take in fresh air, greenery, and natural beauty. Playing disc golf past fifty years old provides a tranquil and refreshing experience, reducing stress levels and promoting a sense of well-being.
Of course, my bag has changed. I know make sure I’ve got muscle rub and a sports drink…ok a lot of sports drink and water. I’m just not as able to handle the heat as I used to be. Also, I play with a smaller bag that isn’t quite as heavy is another change I’ve made. Age should never be a deterrent to enjoying disc golf. As you hit your fifties, disc golf offers a multitude of physical, mental, and social benefits. Embrace the timeless appeal of this sport and relish the opportunity to stay active, connect with some really cool people, and touch grass.
So, grab your discs, head to the course, and have fun.