Slimmer Mickelson not letting age slow down his game
The good-natured back-and-forth aside, Mickelson knows his age is coming into question as his career continues, especially when he suffers from arthritis. And his 2014 was one of his worst years of his PGA Tour career, where … But diligently …
“I feel better than I have in a long time, and I’ve been able to practice hard and work on my game,” Mickelson said. “I think long term, having a little bit less pressure on my joints is going to be good for somebody who’s got arthritis.
“I also find that the more I work out, the better I feel and the less symptoms I feel. So I’m excited. I feel better and better.”
Mickelson, who opened his 2015 campaign last week with a tie for 24th in the Humana Challenge, tapped into his memory to get himself ready for this year. In 2003, he was winless. In 2004, he had seven top-3s in 22 starts and won twice, including the first major of his career at the Masters.
Try a round of golf. Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) studied data collected on 300,000 Swedish golfers. The team found that the death rate among golfers was 40% lower than that of the rest of the population, equating to an increased life expectancy of five years. The longevity effect was found to be greatest for golfers from blue-collar occupations than those from white-collar professions. Those golfers with the lowest handicap (ie the best golfers) were found to have the lowest death rates.
A round of golf gets people outside for a half-day and walking at a fast pace for several miles, the combined effect of which is good for overall physical health. Golf also can be good for mental and psychological health, as golfers engage in positive social relationships both on and off the course.