Tips To Prep For Spring Golfing
The game of golf is often as enjoyable as it is exasperating. The feeling of one great shot has the power to inspire any golfer to endure entire afternoons of awkward drives, sand-misting chip shots, and perplexing putts. Even professionals know chasing perfection only ever amounts to gradual refinement. How you play depends entirely on how you prepare. Take advantage of the offseason and start polishing your game by starting with these tips.
Rethink, Restore, Replace
If all your gear has been hidden in the closet or hibernating in the garage, it's time to get everything out for a full inspection. Clean out your bag and lay out every wedge, spike and ball to see what needs attention. Work on your wedges, check all your grips, and try on important items like gloves and shoes to ensure your first round will be comfortable. It's a lot cheaper to maintain your gear than swap it out, and it can be difficult to break in new equipment. Stick with what works. Replace what doesn't.
Golf is a much more physical game than the public gives it credit for. Those who grind out each round on foot can walk up to six miles in 18 holes (more if the ball isn't flying straight), not to mention the dozens of strenuous swings. Most golfers can benefit from taking on a regiment of stretching, core conditioning and cardio during the offseason to increase flexibility, add strength to important muscle groups, and build up endurance. Set a goal and be sure to note how much your game improves with a fit form.
Focus On Flexibility
The game of golf can take its toll on your shoulders, back, hips, and legs. For beginners, imperfect swings can lead to painful strains. For experienced players, year after year of working the course can lead to harmful wear and tear on joints and muscles. The offseason provides plenty of time to work on your flexibility. Whether it's learning the proper technique for holding a club or refining the steps of your swing to figure out finer movements, a stretching routine like yoga or even Pilates can work wonders.
Winter isn't very kind to golf courses in most climates, but even if your course is frozen over, you may be lucky enough to find places in your area to work on your game indoors. From state-of-the-art indoor driving ranges to space-saving indoor nets and putting greens, it would be a missed opportunity for avid golfers to disregard the resources available. With improved technology and an ever-growing population of golf enthusiasts, there's bound to be a facility nearby with the tools to keep your game sharp.
With a wide range of materials and information available in print and on the web, there's never been a better time to improve on your game during the offseason. You can study up with a classic golf book, perfect your technique in the comfort of your own sweatpants while watching online tutorials, brush up on the rulebook or map out some of the new courses you're hoping to play in the upcoming season. Keep in mind that while there is good advice available, there is also plenty of bad advice vying for your attention.
Your game doesn't have to decline just because the course is closed for a couple months. Start thinking about the ways you can prepare for a full season of better shots and lower scores, and be sure to check out The Lakeside Collection for a variety of items to get your family ready for the warmer weather, from a portable picnic table to a fresh wardrobe.