How many calories does golf burn?

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How many calories does golf burn?
Golf can be a good way to burn calories. (Getty creative)

How many calories a person burns while playing golf depends on three factors. One is body weight, as larger people burn more calories than their smaller counterparts. A second factor is how much time is spent playing golf, and the third aspect has to do with how active that person is on the range. A person who weighs 68 Kilogram and plays golf for two hours while he is carrying his clubs will burn 750 calories. A heavier person, weighing 90.7 Kilogram, will burn even more. During a two hour golf game, a 200-pound person carrying his golf clubs will burn 1,000 calories.

On a driving range

Playing golf on a driving range will burn fewer calories than walking on the golf course. If a 68-kg (150-pound) woman practices golf on a driving range for one hour, she will burn just over 200 calories. A woman weighing 91 kg (200 pounds) will burn up to 545 calories practicing on a driving range for one hour. Playing miniature golf burns as many calories as practicing on a driving range.

Pulling a golf bag

Pulling golf clubs burns slightly fewer calories than carrying golf clubs, but may allow the players to enjoy a longer game. If a man weighing 68 kg (150 pounds) plays golf pulling his golf clubs in a bag for three hours, he will burn 1,022 calories. A man that weighs 91 kg (200 pounds) burns 1,362 calories. Men and women of similar sizes burn a similar number of calories.

Riding a golf cart

If golf players decide to use a golf cart instead of walking, they will burn still fewer calories. For example, to return to the example of two women, let's say they play a game that lasts three hours and they decide to use a golf cart. The woman who weighs 68 kg (150 pounds) will burn 713 calories, 37 calories less than if she had carried her clubs for only two hours. If her friend, who weighs 91 kg (200 pounds), rides with her on the golf cart and plays for three hours as well, she will burn 951 calories, 49 calories less than she would burn if she carried her bag for a shorter game of two hours.

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