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As if avoiding slow play wasn’t reason enough, a study has discovered another reason to move a little faster round the golf course.

Researchers from the University of Leicester surveyed more than 400,000 adults in the UK, and found that 10 minutes of brisk walking per day can lead to increased life expectancy.

In fact, brisk walkers could have up to 20 years longer than slow walkers.

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That means that playing golf quicker could allow you more time to play.

The study was welcomed by Thomas Reiter, owner of trolley manufacturer BIG MAX, who led his brand’s global Walk, Play Golf campaign.

“There’s a growing bank of evidence showing that playing golf, and particularly walking the course, has a positive impact on physical, social and mental health,” Reiter said.

“But to see that brisk walking between shots can add so significantly to a golfer’s life expectancy and speed up play, is a double win for the game.

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“BIG MAX has long argued that walking the course is beneficial to health, social interaction and performance.

“That we can now officially add life expectancy to the list can only be a fantastic thing for getting more people walking the course and improving the pace of the game.”

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