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Overcoming Winter Golfing Blues

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Golf doesn’t end when the weather gets bad. Someone once told me that golf is like a marriage. You can’t expect good results if you only give it attention every few months. Golf is a ‘relationship’, you need to build on it every day.

During the winter breaks why not set yourself some off-course goals:

  • Increase your golf fitness – check out our pages for golf fitness exercises. The improved flexibility frees up your swing and reduces injuries. The increased physical fitness also helps your mental endurance and control.
  • Check back on some of the basics – like your grip and address. Check out these videos. You can save yourself thousands of dollars in golf lessons trying to overcome a problematic drive, when maybe just adjusting your grip is all that is needed.
  • Check your club head for alignment – the lines on the face of a club head, and the bottom curve can be deceptive.
  • Learn how to use your legs in the swing to improve your accuracy – get rid of hooks and slices
  • Learn how to put a pro spin on your pitches and chips – the ball will climb higher, stop faster, and give you precision shots from 120 yards out to within inches of the pin. All by fooling around in your living room with some plastic balls and a chipping net

No try telling me there is no golf in winter!!

Golf Injuries – They Can Happen Anywhere

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Many of the golf injuries sustained are through lack of technique, but most are from lack of fitness.

A typical golf swing is an explosive action, demanding rapid response from muscles more tuned to more gradual exertion. No wonder that so many new Golfers rip the delicate tendons around the elbow, resulting in Golfers Elbow and Tennis Elbow. A little more time put into golf fitness BEFORE you start tackling 100 balls on the driving range will go a lot further than your drive distance. It’s more about keeping you on the golf course, rather than on the physiotherapists table.

But take caution in the type of exercise you choose, and the technique employed performing that exercise. And believe me, I am talking from experience.

Before I took up golf I embarked on a two month golf specific training program. It prepared my body for the postural, balance, core strength and flexibility. However, I overlooked some of the smaller, more localised areas. In an attempt to train my fast twitch muscle response I took up Kick Boxing. All was going great – until I damaged my right elbow from locking it out too much in the punch. A simple mistake, but it has been an irritating injury now for over 4 months.

So although, I have no suffered any golf related injuries, I did fail to learn sufficiently about the exercise technique and how these types of injuries are sustained. I rectified that omission and have put together a resource to help not to fall into this same trap.

Learn from my mistake – take a bit of time to learn about the most common golf injuries, and how to prevent them. GolfSwingClub.com provide detailed information on golfing injuries and plenty of exercise drills to help condition your body for the specific golf swing mechanics.

Listen to every signal your body gives you. And take care in your response. I am now using a simple hand grip to increase muscle strength in the forearm and to recover from my elbow injury. With the knowledge I have now gained, and the improved strength in my arms, I plan not to repeat this experience. I’m sure there are others waiting for me….but for now, I’m back on course.

Golfing Girl

Using Golf Equipment As Intended

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Well my great fast track to golf proficiency plan just suffered it’s first major set back. Whilst searching for my partners errant golf ball amongst an architectural landscape of rocks I sort of forgot that my trainer looking golf shoes were sporting plastic sprigs. And of course, sprigs don’t grip too well to rocks. End result was a badly smashed up joint between my second phalanges and metatarsal. Five weeks later and I still can’t put too much weight on my foot or risk any sideways pressure. Of course, this means that my upright golf swing drills have not been too comfortable either.

So that was lesson 1 – Golf Shoes are not intended for walking on rocks.

I have however been able to concentrate on my upper body and spinal flexibility training. Whilst this has at least kept my upper body flexible, I certainly noticed my lack of swing drills when I ventured back to the course yesterday. If nothing else, the drills reinforce the routines I use in my in my preparation, address and swing. It took the first 4 or 5 holes to even start remembering. Now this was nothing more than me being slack and distracted by taking twice as long to do normal tasks around the house. [Violins playing!!]

Seriously, the whole exercise was a great lesson 2 – reinforcement of how valuable these drills are. Even if you cannot complete the full movement, the mental patterning of the routine is invaluable.

After a pain free day today, I have grabbed a wood and iron out of my golf bag and it will be swing drills in the morning – right after a warm up, naturally.

Golfing Girl

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