Hello BATCADDY Community! In this week's Walk-A-Round, we want to highlight Neil E. Wolkodoff, PhD, Sports Scientist. Neil is in the process of conducting a new study on the physiological effects of golf in different transport modes, one being BATCADDY Electric Push Carts!
Does golf burn calories at a significantly higher rate than just walking? Does walking the course instead of riding in a cart give you better mental focus? What about carrying your clubs or using a Batcaddy?
Based upon his original study in 2012, Neil E. Wolkodoff, PhD, is conducting a new study to further investigate the physiological effects of golf in different transport modes. These modes include using a pushcart, an electric trolley (this years study uses Batcaddys), and riding in a motor cart. In the first study, electric trolleys were not tested as they were used very little, now they account for a significant number of golfers walking the course. In short, carrying a bag, while still significant in numbers, has dropped with the addition of more pushcart and electric trolley use over the last three years.
Prior to golf play, each of 10 subjects will undergo a VO2 max profile to establish their basic aerobic fitness, and whether golf qualifies as either a health or fitness development activity. During the subsequent rounds, subjects will use a metabolic assessment system to record various metrics such as oxygen consumption, heart rate and breathing variables. From those, it can be determined if the subject is getting effective exercise. In addition, this will be the first energy expenditure study on golf to also measure the effects of the transport mode on mental focus in tee shots, second shots and short game. Participants will also play rounds on a short course to compare energy expenditure to a traditional, championship course.
The study is a partnership between the Colorado Center for Health & Sports Science and the Colorado Golf Association. The testing location is Common Ground Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado. The study is expected to conclude in October, with publication of results soon thereafter. We will be following up with Neil to see how our latest X9R Batcaddy holds up in his testing! What are your thoughts? Have you noticed a difference in walking rather than riding? Do you feel more at one with the golf course? Let us know in the comments and have fun out there!
Neil has contributed articles & interviews to Men's Fitness, Golf Tips, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Shape, American Health, the New York Times, the Washington Post and golf.com among others. He was past book review editor & columnist for Fitness Management Magazine. He is the author of five books including Physical Skiing, Core Powered Golf, Physical Golf and Body Logic.