Three Guys Tested How Marijuana Use Affects Their Golf Game

Here at Civilized, we often talk about ways marijuana can improve different aspects of your life. But there's one area we've neglected when it comes to cannabis and performance: golf.

Luckily for us, Golf Digest decided to get together three golfers of varying skill sets and see how their performance either improved or declined after using marijuana. They measured how the players performed in three drills (driving, irons and putting) while sober, and then measured as they slowly got more and more stoned.

The results were somewhat mixed. When it came to driving, the two more experienced golfers actually performed better as they got high until they got really high, when their performance began to tail off. But the casual golfer pretty much began declining as soon as he started getting high.

In the iron drills, the two more experienced golfers got worse immediately as they got high. But the casual player actually got better at first before seeing his performance tail off as he got moderately high.

And when it came to putting, the golfers were slightly worse while high than they were sober, but the more high they got didn't really seem to improve or decline their abilities.

You can watch the full video above to see exactly how the golfers felt while getting high and playing.

Perhaps joints and edibles will replace beer and cigars on golf courses in the future.


A non-profit group of over 150 current and former athletes is calling for marijuana to be removed form the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited substances list. Medical marijuana legalization is spreading across the US, but most pro-athletes are still prevented from accessing it. That's because most major sports leagues follow drug guidelines set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which bans athletes from using cannabis even outside of competition.

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