Five Healthy Ways To Improve Your Performance On The Course
When you go out to golf you’re hoping for a good round. How often does your outcome match what you hoped for? Do you usually shoot the scores you had envisioned before you teed off? If not, do you ever evaluate where and how you could have saved strokes and avoided those blow-up holes?
I’ve got 5 easy tips for you to implement immediately that will shave 4-6 or even more strokes off your score the next time you play. Give them a try and see what happens.
Put the proper fuel in your body before you leave home.
Most golfers don’t give it a second thought. They either don’t eat at all before they leave home, or they eat something that is not going to give them the long term energy they’re hoping for. So whether it’s lunch or breakfast before you leave you need to consume a complex carbohydrate and a good protein source.
This combination will provide the best use of your energy for the long haul.
An example for breakfast would be a bowl of oatmeal and a couple of eggs with a piece of fruit or juice. For lunch, a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with a piece of fruit. Try to eat every 4 holes to keep your insulin stable throughout the round and not crash and burn at the turn.
Properly warm up your body before you hit your first ball.
I see so many golfers show up five minutes before their tee time, hack a few balls and head to the first tee. Those golfers are headed for a double bogey right off the bat – but they’re just getting “warmed up,” right?
A better approach is to give yourself at least 30 minutes before your tee time. First do some movement-oriented stretches to prepare your body to perform. Things like arm circles, partial squats, toe touches, etc. Then take some half swings with a 7-iron. After that, you’re ready to hit some wedges. You’ll find with this approach your hits on the range will be much better, which will build your confidence.
Drink water even before you leave your house.
You do not need to drink a gallon of water before you get to the course, try 4 good swallows in the morning, and repeat this every other hole. Don’t take this lightly. Dehydration causes energy loss, lack of focus and concentration and fatigue later in the round.
Don’t wait until you get tight to stretch on the course.
You should be constantly moving your body and stretching your joints while you play. I see and hear too many golfers complaining of tight lower backs or shoulders during the round. What amazes me is that with all that complaining they do nothing about it. Why? Think of your body as a machine. If the machine starts to break down – fix it. Stretch those areas while you’re playing. You’ll see a big difference in your swing mechanics late in the round.
Snack while you play.
No, I don’t mean a full meal at the turn with a beer. I mean bringing fruit and nutrition bars to eat every 4-6 holes. When you supply your body with the proper nutrients your energy levels stay balanced and you will avoid those mental lapses late in the round. How many times have you had a good score only to blow up late in the round? Treat your body like a Ferrari, not a Ford Pinto.
Some of these tips you may have been aware, and some not. But do all of them and your score will show it. The above routine should be done every time you play. This is called pre-game preparation and performance maintenance. You’re an athlete (believe it or not), so treat your body like one and you’ll be winning all the money. Just make sure to send me a percentage. But seriously – stick to it and the sky’s the limit.
Reduce your risk of injury and improve your game.
The mechanics of the golf swing can cause a variety of injuries. The most common area golfers complain about are the lower back, shoulders, elbow’s, and the wrist.
Increasing the strength and flexibility of the primary muscles involved is imperative to improving your game and staying injury free. Learning how to properly warm-up not only before you perform exercises but before you play is the first step toward longer drives reducing your risk of injury. A proper warm-up increases temperature, which leads to a increase in flexibility and the intensity of muscular contractions.
A proper warm-up isn’t just swinging a driver five or ten times before letting it rip, or a couple of toe touches before a workout. A warm –up done correctly will last between 10 to 15 minutes will include a variety of exercises. You could include calisthenics such as jumping jacks, knee bends and jogging in place or, if your prefer to warm – up inside you could walk briskly on a treadmill.
Next, if your going to be golfing, perform practice swings. Start off by going through the motions with half swings. Gradually increase the speed and extent of the practice swings until you are at game speed…Now your ready to let it rip.
So Why not Use the Winter to Get Fit for Spring
What happened in 2017 stays in 2017. 2018 is new year.
How many times have you started a new golf season with very high scores, short drives and aches and pains? Am I talking to you? Let’s be honest: It happens more times than you’d like.
So why not do it different this time? Instead of going into deep depression that the season is over, keep golf at the top of your mind by starting a golf-specific fitness program.
Don’t let your clubs get dusty and forget about your game during the winter or offseason. Prepare your body in anticipation for next spring.
It’s no fun to come off the course feeling spent when you could have energy to spare. You may have between 4-6 months to greatly improve your strength, flexibility and stamina. It would be the wisest thing to do to improve your golf for next season.
When you begin the season with a “broken” body, you’re taking two steps back. Take a leap forward and prepare your body by getting your fitness program for golf in motion. Think about winter this way: What a great opportunity to get the edge on your playing partners and win all the money. Wouldn’t that get their goat?
Finally, you’ll get the chance to redeem yourself from a previous season that found you paying out more than receiving and being the brunt of all jokes in the clubhouse after every round. We’ve all been there – but no longer, right? This is the winter to make the commitment and do it! No excuses. No more reasons to put it off.
Golf fitness is a very popular topic these days among all the pros, teachers and even amateurs. It’s no secret that if you get your body fitter, stronger and more flexible, you will swing better and hit with more consistency that produce lower scores.
Now how to get started? You’ve got several options. Pursue a local fitness professional who works with golfers and really understands the mechanics of the swing and how the muscles work. Get a book on golf fitness at your bookstore. There are several out there. Just make sure you can put together a good program from the content of the book. Or get online and do a search for golf fitness programs. Or you can call the Golden Bear Golf Center in Carrollton texas.
So don’t let this winter (offseason) go by without improving your body. All it takes is 2-3 times a week for 30-40 minutes to dramatically improve your game. Not much of a sacrifice to play better golf is it?
What golfer in their right mind wouldn’t want to improve his game? As a matter of fact, golfers, more than any other sport, are fanatical. Many will pay thousands of dollars to belong to some prestigious country clubs. Many more will spend hundreds of dollars during the golf season on balls that they will eventually lose. But the average golfer won’t spend a dime or the time on the biggest asset to his game: his body. I could not imagine spending $2500 on a set of clubs and not doing anything to ensure I could use them to their fullest capacity.
To be a successful player at the golf game, you need functional strength, endurance, coordination, finesse and timing. You can’t find these aspects of the game in a pro shop. I don’t care how much you paid the equipment that claims to go 20 to 40 yards farther than the ordinary; if you lack the above, you’re going to be another frustrated player.
You probably already have a swing coach, and NOW you have “Your Golf Fitness Coach!”
What if you’ve never exercised before?
Not to worry. My golf conditioning programs are individualized to your specific goals, ability and needs.
Whether you’re beginning your first golf conditioning program or have been exercising for years, the program adapts to you.
And I will see you on the Tee.