No. of Recommendations: 5
I don't play golf nor do I have any strong feelings about the game one way or the other, but I have to say that I find the Mr. Stuttaford's article very suspect and basically just hashed together. I wonder if it took him more than 5 minutes to write it.

First, the title "Why is this sport linked with early death" assumes that it is linked with early death without providing any evidence or even any mention of a study. So the entire premise of the article is unsupported.

Half of his argument - that golfers get angry when they have an off day - doesn't even acknowledge that there are many other sports which are probably a lot less peaceful than golf. He doesn't even compare this anger risk with that of someone who doesn't play golf.

I guess the couple paragraphs about backache are a feeble attempt to pad the story which has no substance in the first place. It certainly does nothing to support his unfounded premise that golf is linked to early death or that it contributes to the cardiovascular disease which supposedly kills more golfers than their "contemporaries". And who is this mysterious group of contemporaries. Does he mean everybody of the same age in the whole world?

Oh yes... and we must not forget the study which shows that the clubs that golfers habit are havens for the promotion of smoking and drinking. More so than any other sport, in fact. True, I must concede he only says these things "might" be associated with the golf-club life.

The article simply has very little medicine and even less science behind it.
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