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When did you last tuck into a sandwich or tasty treat on the course? We all do it from time to time to boost energy levels or seek comfort from a disastrous round? Eating food after handling a golf ball that’s skimmed through terrain occupied by bunnies, birds and foxes (plus goodness knows what else) is probably not the most hygienic thing to do. Of course, these days there are various wipes and antibacterial gels to keep bugs at bay but somehow, therethe never seems time to dig them outThey of your bag,itscrub up, It’s interesting to compare miserable partner. consider far more eat and thenbetween take your shot. starting differences someone important to have a good day out with mates out playing golf and an experienced on a pleasant but forgiving course. Despite the potential health dangers of munching merrily on the course, most of us golfer in their twilight golfing years. manage to survive dodgy tummies and are far more likely to succumb to a nasty bug Beginners can sometimes struggle with picked up on a holiday abroad, or struck down by a virulent virus ‘shared’ by germ For instance, newbies are keen to play as long carries and dog-legs due to riddengolf grandchildren. much as possible so they’ll play in any inexperience and misjudgement. Sadly, conditions. Whereas,isolder golfers areand moresome elderlyindicating golfers also to cope (bugs with What’s interesting there’s more evidence soilfail microbes reluctant to venture course long as they lose their to you and me) areonto not the as bad as ifwethethought andcarries exposure to them canmuscle actually weather’s looking aMaybe bit dodgy arethe more and distance. keep us healthy. this,and plus fresh power air (vitamin D) as well as exercise is than happy to while away time in the why a Swedish Study found golfers live 5 years longer and have a decreased risk of clubhouse until the clouds pass by. New golfers are pretty naïve when it comes chronic diseases. to course management but they gradually We certainly acquire good competitions dose of dirt on the if we’re lucky enough When beginners initiallya enter learncourse, where even to place the ball, nevertheless, to stay on the fairway. To put it is perspective; just one teaspoon of healthy soil they realise they need more lessons to they tend to remain bullish and optimistic can contain more bacterial cells that there are people in the UK. That doesn’t improve their scores. The difference with even when they are in deep trouble.even older golfers is they’ve developed However, senior golfers know include the extra few already trillion bugs carried around by the average golfer onprecisely their golf the techniques but you it’s just question of whereremember to place thethis ball, even ifaspect. they can’t towel!  So, when walka off with muddy shoes, positive whether their hips, knees or shoulders will always reach it, or see it! They’re Mindwith you,themost of us already know digging experienced around in theanddirtrealistic doesn’tenough do ustoany cope challenge. know if harm.  After all, the majority of golfers are from a generation who happily spent they’ve just played a lousy shot it’s their childhood making mud in back gardens, with mates streets Initially, as a beginner, it can bepies difficult probablyplaying unrecoverable and in thethe chance of or venturing into the go fishing and enjoy a picnic (well, at least a trying to remember howcountryside many shotstoyou’ve scoring is pretty remote. couple of jam taken – let’s facesandwiches). it, multi-tasking is tricky when you’re so focused striking andto the ongoing Beginners soon understand a good part of Microbes may also holdonthe answer chemical restrictions on the tracking the ball. Interestingly, it’s not the pleasure of golf is about friendship but course. A recent chemical ban has already left Green-keepers trying to find uncommon for elderly golfers to also it’s the senior golfer who appreciates the alternatives ways of eradicating common pests like the daddy-long-leg larvae much ‘mislay’ the odd shot due to short term ‘good feel’ factor of the constant cracks to the delight of badgers, foxes and crows who devastate large areas of fairway memory loss. with a bunch of fellow golfers, regardless to find and eat them. Avoiding chemicals on the course is good news for us, so of how dire they play. if nutrients are added to encourage soil biodiversity and reduce diseases/drought When you’re fresh into golf, you’re keen to thenupletforthe of even the bugs weshows can still our sweets safelyage, sign anybattle games, if youbegin. don’t That way It just yousuck that regardless of your on the course. have a clue what you’re entering, or who the benefits of golf are huge for everyone. you’re playing with. Whereas the wiser, older One thing I’ve personally discovered about microbes is if you accidentally leave a golfer chooses carefully to avoid slogging week, you can guarantee to harvest a whole banana in your bag until the following over long courses, through soggy meadows your golfing bits and pieces. © Claire Kane colony of unwanted microbes amongst Follow my tales on twitter@golfsnippets or having to climb cardiac hills with a

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