As we covered a few weeks ago, proper maintenance and care of your golf equipment is imperative to a successful overall game. As golf season starts to ramp up we are going to look at how to get your most vital piece of equipment ready for the start of a new season, your body. There are a ton of ways to make sure your conditioning is primed and ready to go for a long season of golf, and we will look at some of the most widely adopted reasons below.
Take a Walk
Even if most of your rounds are spent riding around in a cart, talking regular walks can be a great way to get your body prepared for the golf season. Walking improves your leg strength creating a more solid foundation for your stance and often times increasing power. Walking also increases heart and lung fitness which can improve your golf game, as well as your overall health. Most of us have hit a bad shot, had to walk up a large hill where carts aren’t allowed, and then play our next shot while winded. This usually doesn’t result in a good following shot, just compounding a bad hole. Walking golf rounds are also an excellent way to make golf a healthy recreational activity.
Stretch it Out
Flexibility and successful golf go hand in hand. While you don’t need to be as flexible as a gymnast, continuous stretching of the back and shoulders, legs, and arms will only benefit your golf game. Check out our previous post on the best stretches to improve your golf game for stretching ideas. Almost all stretches can benefit your game in one way or another, so get in a stretching routine now during the offseason, and carry it into the new season to see improvements in your game.
Hit Those Weights
As we covered previously in our weight training tips for your golf game, lifting weights for golf-related benefits is no longer the taboo subject it was just a short time ago. Leg and back specific lifts will provide you with increased power and consistency in your swing. The core muscles are also imperative to improving your golf game. Standing on one foot during arm exercises is a great way to improve core strength. Alternate which foot you stand on after each set and you’ll feel the burn not only in your arms but the core muscles as well. Medicine ball twists are also an excellent, low impact way to improve core strength. A core-focused workout will improve balance, increase consistency, and lower your risk of golf-related injuries.
We’ve just scratched the surface of the golf and fitness world in this post, but if you commit yourself to a routine of walking, stretching, and lifting you will undoubtedly see results in your golf game. The great thing about training for golf is you don’t have to go to the extreme in your workouts. Even senior golfers can benefit from a light stretching and light lifting or resistance training program. Getting in the habit during the offseason will keep your body tuned up and ready for endless hours on the links once the weather is cooperative.
About the Author: Brian Neufeld
Brian Neufeld’s background includes more than 15 years of experience in golf course management, specializing in agronomy. Brian uses his knowledge of the game and best practices in turf sustention to create informative pieces for GolfTourney.com’s readers.