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Alternative to Traditional Golf
Many lung disease sufferers love golf but have a difficult time playing as their condition progresses. For the golf lovers out there, or even those who are just looking for a new hobby, Topgolf might be the perfect pastime. It’s a fun activity for all ages and, unlike regular golf, is all done from one shaded spot equipped with fans, chairs and food and beverage service. Playing Topgolf with lung disease is a great way to stay fit and continue to enjoy your favorite hobby.
Traditional golf can be difficult because it’s played in direct sunlight and requires traveling from hole to hole. This type of exhertion can lead to a coughing episode, overheating or dehydration. At Topgolf you stand on a shaded balcony, facing the range, similar to a typical driving range. However, the balcony is multi-level, so people could be driving both above and below you. And the green is filled with targets. Players choose which game they want to play and hit their balls toward targets accordingly. Some games include scoring points for hitting certain targets or simply outdriving your opponents. Topgolf has become increasingly popular and is opening several locations throughout the country. There are locations in Tampa, Scottsdale, Chicago, Dallas and more.
There is typically a wait before you can get onto the range at Topgolf, so to speak. They always seem to be busy because it’s a fun activity for both golfers and non-golfers of all ages. So what makes Topgolf so fun?
Top Reasons to try Topgolf Today:
–Food and beverage service. A server will bring your desired food and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, right to you while playing. Of course don’t forget to stay hydrated with lots of water!
–Shade and fans. You are teeing off under a shaded roof equipped with fans that help reduce the chances of becoming overheated or dehydrated.
–Fun. Topgolf is a fun activity that can help you stay active. Exercise and staying active is extremely important for lung function when you have COPD, and fun activities like Topgolf are a great way to remain active.
A Little More About Topgolf
According to their website, Topgolf was invented by two brothers who were bored at a driving range one day in London. They started brainstorming about different ways they could make the driving range more fun and improve their golf game at the same time and Topgolf was invented.
Golf clubs are provided free of charge, or, for the avid golfer, feel free to bring your own set of clubs. It’s a great venue for parties or other special occasions, and gift certificates can be purchased as well.
For those suffering from debilitating lung disease, Topgolf might be a great way to stay active and have a little fun at the same time. Just as Topgolf is a great alternative to the traditional game of golf, cellular therapy is the preferred alternative treatment option for those suffering from lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease or pulmonary fibrosis. If you or a loved one is suffering from lung disease, the Lung Institute might be able to help. Contact one of our patient coordinators today by calling (800) 729-3065.