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Save your husband, hit a Titleist

By Jennifer Mario, Contributor

My guy friends have a saying they love to repeat. You've probably heard it before, it goes like this: Women are crazy.

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For years I disputed them. Other than occasional anecdotal evidence, on what could this assertion possibly be based?

Well, it turns out they were right all along. Women are crazy.

Or maybe crazy isn't the right word. The better description, maybe, is crazy angry. According to a British survey, women are hopping mad — or madder than men, at least. The survey of more than 20,000 people, funded by the British government's Economic & Social Research Council, found that women are more likely to feel "angry and persistently frustrated" than men. Consider which gender has been responsible for most of the wars in this planet's history, and you'll realize: Wow, that's pretty angry.

Another study conducted at England's Middlesex University suggested that, movie titles to the contrary, old women tend to be grumpier than old men. While men tend to mellow with age, women "stay angrier than ever, falling out with their friends, getting irritated by strangers in the street and feeling frustrated by the vagaries of modern technology." Well that explains my grandma.

I notice the studies don't delve into the reasons why women are so PO'd. The fact that women have to deal with, say, men on a daily basis doesn't merit notice.

For example, how many men have had to deal with a spouse who left them alone Thanksgiving weekend with a newborn baby and a rambunctious 3-year-old so they could go watch a basketball tournament in Hawaii? Not many, I bet.

I just made that example up, by the way. No one would actually go to Hawaii for a week to watch a basketball tournament, leaving behind his wife with a newborn baby and a toddler at Thanksgiving. That would be beyond the pale. No, wait, no I didn't. It really happened. But that was five years ago - I don't still taste the bile rising in my throat as I fume with white-hot rage or anything. I'm so over it I can actually laugh about it now. Ha! Ha!

So anyway, my theory, simply stated, is that women have more to be angry about.

But regardless of the reasons, the bottom line is, we're ticked off and we need to learn to deal with it.

So the question becomes, how? How to deal with all this pent-up resentment, other than simply knocking those clueless husbands of ours upside their respective heads?

Golf as stress relief

Well, say the experts, what ticked-off chicks need to do is find some healthy activities to relieve stress.

Being both trusting and inquisitive, I decided to take the experts at their word and conducted a bit of research: What qualifies as a healthy activity known for its stress-relieving properties? Guess what - a 2000 study in the American Journal of Medicine pinpointed just such an activity: golf.

The study, conducted in 2000, concluded that golf is "a good form of health-enhancing physical activity" and was shown to help with weight loss and lowering of cholesterol. Of course, the study, following the pattern of most scientific inquiry, was performed exclusively on males. God, that ticks me off!

But making the bold assumption that golf's health benefits apply equally to women as well as men, this is good news for the angrier sex.

See, golf works two ways: First, the activity itself is good exercise. All that walking adds to your overall cardiovascular health and burns calories while the swing works your body in terms of flexibility and strength. Golf, and your fitness level improves.

Even by the most conservative estimates, playing golf burns around 250 calories per hour. Let's see - multiply that by the average length of a round, four hours, and your 18-hole round just burned 1,000 calories. That should put a smile on your face.

But, wait, it gets better: While many golfers stay fit through golf, many also stay fit for golf. Improving your golf game becomes the motivation for exercising even more - pros and amateurs alike know that hitting the fitness center results in better golf scores. In my life before golf, I used to run so that I could be a better runner. Now I run so I can be a better golfer.

And every workout, both on or off the course, the fitness gurus will tell you, releases endorphins, those naturally occurring mood enhancers that soothe jingle-jangled nerves and lead to an improved state of mind. A welcome outcome for the ill-humored - female or otherwise.

So there you have it, ladies. Save your husband, hit a Titleist. Meanwhile, fellas, stop calling us crazy.

Jennifer MarioJennifer Mario, Contributor

Jennifer Mario is a regular contributor to the TravelGolf Network and the author of "Michelle Wie: The Making of a Champion" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2006). A graduate of Duke University, she lives in the Triangle area of North Carolina with her family.


 
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