“Out of almost 5,900 participants, average age 72, researchers identified 384 golfers (41.9% men). During follow-up, 8.1% of the golfers had suffered strokes and 9.8% of the golfers had heart attacks. When comparing death rates among golfers and non-golfers, researchers found a significantly lower rate of death among golfers compared to non-golfers, 15.1% compared to 24.6%, respectively.”
Professor Qureshi said: 'While walking and low intensity jogging may be comparable exercise, they lack the competitive excitement of golf.
'Regular exercise, exposure to a less polluted environment and social interactions provided by golf are all positive for health.
'Another positive is that older adults can continue to play golf, unlike other more strenuous sports such as football, boxing and tennis.
'Additional positive aspects are stress relief and relaxation, which golf appears better suited for than other sports.'