According to the Golf Marijuana Survey recently conducted by BC Golf and Inside Golf, roughly 50% of golfers under the age of 35 plan to light up on the links. Marijuana use on the course has sparked a debate between older and younger golfers, with younger golfers being in favour of it, and older golfers being against it. However, recreational golf has long been associated with beers and cigars. As such, the inclusion of a harmless and relaxing substance like marijuana is a sensible move that is being embraced by the younger, more open-minded generation.
Younger Golfers are More Open to Using Marijuana While Golfing
Older, more conservative minded individuals have long been against marijuana use and legalization. This trend unsurprisingly manifests itself on the golf course where the majority of players are typically older when compared to other sports. When surveyed, less than 1 in 10 golfers over the age of 55 say they plan to use marijuana on the golf course. This is not a surprising figure, considering that older demographics generally consume less marijuana than their younger peers.
However, older golfers are not just abstaining from personal marijuana use, they are also intolerant of marijuana use by other golfers. When surveyed, only 25% of golfers over the age of 55 indicated that they would be comfortable being partnered with a golfer that was smoking marijuana. By comparison, 75% of golfers under 35 said that they would have no problem with the proposition. Moreover, the overwhelming majority of older golfers do not believe that marijuana should be openly consumed on the golf course within view of ‘junior golfers’. Comparatively, younger golfers were much less likely to share this opinion.
Can Marijuana Improve my Golf Game?
As part of a larger investigation into weed on the golf course, the Cannifornian interviewed golfers in the state of California that enjoyed playing golf while high. A golfer from Santa Anita revealed that cannabis allows him to “play better” and “concentrate more” when hitting the ball, not only improving his score, but also enhancing his golfing experience.
Unsurprisingly, an investigation by The Loop demonstrated that marijuana has different effects on golf scores depending on dosage. When 3 different golfers were administered 18 mg of THC, they all saw improvement on their distance, with 2 out of 3 also seeing improvement on their accuracy, and 2 of 3 sinking 4 out of 5 putts. However, at doses of 8 mg and 34 mg, results varied as distance and accuracy became more inconsistent for the group as a whole (despite certain individual improvements).
It is fair to conclude that marijuana can improve your golf game if dosed correctly. Everyone is different, and dosage may vary for best results, but evidence would indicate that weed allows players to get in ‘the zone’, relaxing them, and allowing them to focus and concentrate with more ease.
Studies Indicate That Golfers Play Better High Than Drunk
Similar to their marijuana study, The Loop also conducted a study on the effects of alcohol consumption during a round of golf. Unlike marijuana, alcohol seems to have a negative effect on golf scores. After just 2 drinks, accuracy had already begun to slide. However, some improvement in distance was noted as alcohol improved the golfer’s confidence, lowered their inhibitions, and encouraged them to swing with more power. By drinks 5-6, accuracy had plummeted, and putting became an olympic challenge, with one golfer sinking 2 out of 5 putts, and the other two sinking merely 1 out of 5.
On the links, alcohol seems to improve confidence, resulting in greater driving distance. However, accuracy very predictably continued to diminish with every added ounce of liquor. As such, it seems that no matter the dose, alcohol will have a negative effect on your golf score.
According to the BC Golf survey referenced earlier in this article, the majority of golfers surveyed view marijuana use on the links as being similar to alcohol use. However, because of alcohol’s legal status, older golfers seem to be much more comfortable consuming it on the course instead of marijuana. Younger golfers should not be discouraged by the outdated views of the previous generation. As evidenced in this article, marijuana has been proven to improve golf scores instead of worsening them, as even 2 drinks of alcohol have been shown to do. As such, golfers looking to improve their score, or avoid the countless health hazards of alcohol consumption, would do well to give marijuana a shot next time they tee off.