Winter usually imposes a break on us golf addicts, whether you like it or not, especially if you live in a country like the UK. This year the break has been particularly long since the winter just didn’t want to leave. As a result you probably have ended up quite rusty and the pure thought of swinging a golfclub may hurt. So what can you do to start the season fresh and knock that rust off?
• Structured practice is part of the answer: But the driving range should not be the focus. Concentrate on the short game. Head first to the practice putting green and regain your distance control. Begin with short putts of a couple of feet in distance. Then slowly increase the distance of the putts. Do similar exercises with chips, pitches, and bunker shots.
• Exercise regularly to make your body more stable and flexible, while building strength and power. A good golf workout should focus on multijoint functional exercises such as squats and single-arm row. Squats improve lower-body strength and are key to swinging with a stable base.The single arm cable row trains the musculature of the upper and mid-back as well as the shoulder, one of the most common injured areas in golf. Training these muscles can improve pulling strength, shoulder blade stability and core strength which will lead to increased club head speed and more effficient movement during the golf swing. Isolation exercises such as machine leg extensions and crunches should be avoided
Regain your flexibility by stretching your muscles and loosen up. A good stretch is a figure-four: This can be done laying down with your back flat on the floor or a mat. From a completely flat position, bend one knee. The other ankle should be placed on the thigh of the bent leg. With both hands pull the bent leg to your chest.
• Set yourself achievable and increasingly challenging goals, such as hitting a long drive, or getting a long putt. Reward yourself if you achieve your goal. Get some lessons to achieve your goals, but don’t overdo it.
• Relax and don’t panic: Keep your emotions in check. It’s easy to get stressed out and to worry about a golf game – especially when you haven’t played in a while. It sounds easy but you need to keep your mind from spinning and focus on what you want to achieve.
• Finally, spruce up your wardrobe with a new outfit. This will give you the additional motivation to go out there and play golf with confidence. And why not add a bling bling visor form Golfglam.just head over to www.golfglam.co.uk.
Most of all, remember to have fun!
What are your tips to get back into golf shape? We would love to hear from you.