Today Australian Golf debuts Tee Your Mind, a three-hour-long slow TV experience simulating the mental health benefits of golf.
Suited to both golf enthusiasts and those simply looking for a new way to relax, Tee Your Mind allows Australians to reap the wellbeing benefits of the game like never before.
With an enduring history in Australian sport, golf has long been enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. Whilst the game boasts an array of social and physical benefits for players, the positive mental health impacts of golf are widely unknown.
Tee Your Mind provides a new way to experience the benefits of golf, immersing viewers in nature, on a journey inducing calm and relaxation.
“The benefits of golf are diverse and extend beyond the physicality of the sport. During COVID-19 we have seen more Australians turn to golf and we think our sport, with its unique blend of open space and nature, can offer a solution for people exploring new ways to take a break from the day-to-day,” said Golf Australia Chairman Andrew Newbold.
Over three calming hours, Tee Your Mind provides the essential escape to nature that a game of golf provides, which is proven to reduce stress levels and calm the soul . This slow TV feature film uniquely shies away from the one wave of emotional cues and fast-paced content we have come to expect from TV, with the genre often described as the antidote to our sped-up world.
Slowly exploring the soft green hues of the fairways, the feature film explores Collaroy’s Long Reef Golf Club and St Michael’s Golf Club in Little Bay, showcasing a selection of the 1,800 golf clubs and facilities across Australia.
The University of Southern Queensland is also exploring the role sport, including golf, plays in creating a strong sense of connectedness and belonging by embarking on a research study investigating the relationship between sport participation and mental health issues.
“Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing. We know that our exposure to green spaces can have a positive impact on our overall well-being, we often feel happier, more relaxed and more positive. Alongside our research, this suggests our response to experiencing nature is emotional and essential to our mental health,” said Andrea Lamont-Mills, Professor of Psychology, University of Southern Queensland.
Over the course of the film, Tee Your Mind provides a peaceful escape for viewers to unwind and immerse in the calming elements of golf.
Tee Your Mind can be viewed at www.golf.org.au/teeyourmind/