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5 quick tips for staying safe on the golf course

Golf may not strike you as the most dangerous sport out there but there are dangers involved nonetheless. By following the simple advice that follows you'll increase your chances of being involved in an accident or suffering an injury - or even injuring somebody else - while out on the course.

Be aware of your surroundings

The golf club can be a dangerous thing in the wrong hands, so it's vitally important that you take your responsibility for those around you seriously. Before you begin your swing take a good look around to make absolutely sure that none of your fellow players are within striking distance, otherwise you could cause somebody a nasty injury before you even realise they're there.

Allow for error

While we'd all like to believe that our shots will always be good and true, the sad reality is that we all shank a shot every now and again. You may have made sure that the fairway is clear before you took your shot, but did you allow for pulling one to the left or drifting your shot off to the right? Make sure the entire area ahead is clear before pulling the trigger.

Listen out for warnings

So you've made sure that the path is always clear before you take your shot - but is everyone as on the ball as you? Don't assume so. Try to be aware of when players behind you are getting ready to take their swing, and be ready to make a move quickly if you happen to hear the famous shout of 'fore!'

Respect the elements

Playing a round of golf can be a time-consuming process. You're going to be exposed to the elements for a matter of hours, so be sure to take the necessary precautions. If you're playing on a bright and sunny day, then do the sensible thing and wear sun cream and a protective hat. Keep plenty of water on hand to help with dehydration, too. If, on the other hand, thunder and lightning make an appearance while you're on the course, get to cover immediately. Standing in an open space while with a large metal club in your hand during a lightning storm isn't the smartest of moves.

Prevent common injuries

Regular golfing can put a strain on your body, so take steps to avoid the kinds of injuries that crop up time and again. A thorough stretching routine prior to your round can help to ease the strain on your body, while taking supplements such as glucosamine can help to prevent joint pain. Also consider heading to the gym and working with weights to strengthen the muscle groups that are most commonly put under pressure during a round of golf.

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