YOUR BODY: IT’S YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CLUB
Here in Niagara, we are still ever-so-slowly starting our season. Coming out of the off-season, golfers sometimes overlook their bodies. Ask yourself: how is your body feeling? What sort of changes in health have you experienced?
Physical changes over the off-season can drastically change the way our swing feels at the beginning of the season. These physical changes include things like weight change (gains or losses), injuries (new or reoccurring), mobility changes, new tightness and impingements, or even a new hip… These changes can lead to some unwanted results such as higher scores, inconsistent contact, different ball flight patterns, and just plain frustration. So, what can we do about this?
Here are a few tips to help get you back to where you should be:
Most importantly, start SLOW! Golf is a sport after all. Coming back from 6+ months off and trying to resume with your previous practice routine will set you up for failure. Start slow and increase the amount of golf balls you are hitting by 5-10% each week; you can’t just keep hitting balls until it works itself out. Not only will this help your body adjust, but it will help you peak for your important rounds in the middle of the season.
GET A MOVEMENT SCREEN
Get a movement screen from The Learning Center. Both Adam and Zach are both TPI Certified and can assess the way your body is moving. Assessing multiple times throughout the year can help us, and most importantly you, understand your body and your swing!
Looking at video of your swing can help give you feedback and show you what is actually happening. What you feel is likely very different from what is real.
GET BACK TO THE BASICS
With so much time off from last season, are you still setting up the same way? How is your ball position, posture, and alignment? These small static positions can have a major effect on what the golf ball is doing. Best of all, these are the easiest to fix.
TAILOR YOUR PRACTICE ROUTINE
Practice with a purpose. While it is tempting to practice your favourite shot, instead practice the shot you are least comfortable with. Remember, change happens outside of the comfort zone.
Follow these tips as you start to get back into the swing of things and you will be sure to play your best golf yet. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, we’re here to help.