A new winter workout -- Wii golf!
I’ve made it clear in previous posts how much I hate indoor golf ranges. I’ve found a better place to work on my swing this winter … in front of the Wii in my basement.
Wii golf is so much better than Tiger Woods golf on Xbox or Playstation. It’s interactive. It’s fun. It demands a real swing, not a bunch of button-pushing. The only knock is how hard it is to putt (maybe that’s another indication how real it is. I’m a terrible putter outside, too).
But most important: Wii golf is good for you. The American Council on Exercise did a study on just how many calories are burned playing certain Wii games. They used 16 healthy 20 to 29 year olds as test subjects. They tested five Wii sport games, golf, bowling, baseball, tennis and boxing.
Results showed that golf and bowling burned the fewest calories (3 per minute for golf), but that amount is only one fewer calorie per minute than playing real golf.
See the rest of the study at www.acefitness.org/getfit/studies/WiiStudy.pdf.
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The Wii is alot of fun and is great for getting everyone off the couch! I found the putting pretty bad and I am usually not that bad at it, but definately not perfect.
There are a couple of golf systems out there that interface with Tiger Woods so that you can use your own clubs at a price that the average home user can afford. The Dancin' Dogg and P3ProSwing system (available at www.par2pro.com) cost about $450 and $1250 respectively and were created as an accuracte swing analyzer system. They both found that it would be easier to use the Tiger Woods PC Game to add on extra courses to give the user lots of entertainment. Anyways, this is a great way to beat the usual Indoor Golf frustration and improve your game any time of year.
If anyone wants more info on this, please feel free to email me or contact me through my website at www.par2pro.com.
Keep Your Eye on the Ball,