GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - A new study finds that lightning kills more men than women, and recreational activities are involved in nearly half of all lightning- related deaths.
22News went to the Greenfield Country Club to see how men and women deal differently with stormy weather on the course.
Experts say men are less willing to give up on their outdoor activities, and most people I spoke to on the golf course today...agree.
A study by Popular Science magazine says from 1995 to 2008, lightning strikes have killed 648 people in the U.S., and 82 percent were male.
The study also shows that men are more likely to take risks during inclement weather continuing to engage in pastimes such as fishing, golfing, or camping.
Country Club of Greenfield Head Golf Pro Kevin Piecuch always keeps a close eye on the skies. When the skies start looking dangerous, he the sounds a very loud horn to players to get inside, but it is play at your own discretion.
"Our golfers here are pretty good about getting off the golf course. I would say the women would probably come off a little bit quicker. But the men they usually can come in pretty quick we can get some pretty bad storms up here."
Ike Currington, of Greenfield told 22News, "We can definitely be pretty stubborn to the point where we feel invincible and if we have a good round going we definitely don't want to leave. So I know myself I've stayed out there a few times through it and probably shouldn't have."
"No I've had plenty of trees and things struck by lighting by my house and I don't need to be out there in the open when there's lightning, said Nicole Bliznak, of Guilford, Vermont.
Experts say if there is a lightning storm coming, there is no need to risk staying outside.