Despite the increasing number of young athletic professionals pursuing golf as a pastime, the sport is still associated mainly with slightly overweight pensioners with disposable income and bad dress sense. This is why some people dismiss golf as a sedentary hobby, rather than a demanding physical discipline. This begs the question: how many calories do you burn golfing? Read our article below to find out.
How Many Calories Do You Burn Golfing With Cart?
If you ask yourself: how many calories do you burn while golfing, you will realize that the number depends greatly on the way in which the game is played. For instance, the amount of energy required is greatly influenced by whether you walk from hole to hole, or whether you allow yourself the luxury of a golfing cart to transport you across the green. If you weigh 130 pounds you can expect to burn around 190-210 calories per hour in normal golfing activity, excluding the energy required to walk between holes. If you weigh 200 pounds, the number lies around 310-320 kcal/hour.
How Many Calories Do You Burn Golfing 18 Holes Walking?
If you want to turn a lazy golfing Sunday into a worthwhile sporting activity, then leave the cart in the shed and carry your own clubs. This way you will burn 240-260 calories/hour at 130 pounds and 390-410 at 200 pounds. The time in which you someone can complete 18 holes varies greatly with the skill of the player. A hobby golfer of medium skill can expect to complete each hole in about 15 minutes, therefore completing the full 18 holes in 4.5 hours.
This means that if a player of 130 pounds is not using a cart and is carrying their own clubs they will burn around 1100 kcal over the 18 holes. A heavy player of 200 pounds will burn approximately 1800 calories. Experienced players can expect to complete each hole in about 10 minutes. This means that a highly skilled player will finish 18 holes in 3 hours – thereby burning 750 calories if they weigh 130 pounds and 1200 calories if they weigh 200 pounds.
How Many Calories Do You Burn Golfing 9 Holes?
Taking the above figures as guidelines, a light player of medium skill can expect to burn around 560 calories over 9 holes. This is based on the assumption that they finish the half-course in 2 hours and 15 minutes. A golfer of medium skill, weighing 200 pounds, will burn about 900 calories over the same 9 holes. Players at the upper end of the skill range will burn 375 calories and 600 calories, if they weigh 130 pounds and 200 pounds, respectively. This is once again based on the assumption that they complete each hole in 10 minutes.
Therefore, it seems that golfing can be a very strenuous activity if you don’t cut any corners in terms of physical exertion. Carry your own clubs and walk between holes. This will make your golfing experience all the more rewarding and you will burn a significant amount of calories throughout your time on the green.