This is a very interesting finding which makes me wonder what other health related issues can have an affect on one’s golf scores.
This study published by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine) and also mentioned in the New York Times, found that golfers who have sleep apnea and undergo treatment can improve their golf handicaps by as much as 31.5%! That is crazy. It is even more crazy that there was a study done in the first place.
Groups of golfers whose handicaps were above 12 found an improvement in their handicaps following sleep apnea treatment by an average of 11.3% while golfers whose handicaps were under 12 had handicap improvements of 31.5%.
Golfers will do anything (except practice of course) or buy any worthless piece of golf-training junk to shoot lower scores. As crazy as golfers are, some may read this study and try to somehow contract sleep apnea, just so they can go through the treatment and improve their golf scores.
My wife says I snore a lot. Perhaps I have sleep apnea? Yesssss. Yesssssss.
What study is next? Golfers who lose 200 pounds or more improve their handicaps by 32.3%? Fetch me a pizza so I can put on enough pounds to be able to afford to lose 200!
While I agree that it is an odd study to conduct, as someone who suffers from sleep apnea, and plays golf, I think that the results are valid. And, if the study was designed to correlate apnea treatment and improvement in work performance, you would find the same results. Sleep apnea causes fatigue and anxiety, pure and simple. If you reduce fatigue and anxiety, your golf will improve, pure and simple.
LD thanks for stopping by and taking the time to write such a great comment! I may have a bit of apnea myself. Might be worth looking into!