Golfers Avoiding Other Sports

Do you avoid participating in other sports because you are afraid it will hurt your golf swing? I guess it depends on how avid of a duffer you really are to take things that seriously. I am lucky because I never really played sports like baseball, hockey, or tennis enough where those swing techniques crept into my golf game. However, at my current stage in life, I definitely would avoid all three. Golf is my focus and I do not need competing swing techniques. Do you?

I am not the only one who avoids certain sports; here is what you had to say:

So far, the best ‘Other’ answer is snowmobiling. MindforGolf replied “Crashed into a unseen tree stump and tore rotator cuff. Those darn winter sports.” This answer caught me by surprise. Their view is more of injury other than swing technique, but the results are the same. It all counts!

The reason to avoid other sports is not to curtail your fun, but to prevent bad habits from making their way into you swing. Repetitive movements from other sports causes muscle memory, which in turn transfers to the different aspects of your golf swing. Here is a list, not all inclusive though, of some areas that you need to be aware of when playing mulitple sports:

  • weight distribution on contact
  • hand position on contact
  • wrist roll
  • position of hips
  • follow through
  • head movement

I could expand the list, but I think you get the point. To be successful in golf, as with other sports, it is important to adopt the techniques that exemplify the perfect swing. Cross pollination for specific aspects of movement from sport to sport will actually hurt all the sports. I do know this from experience from when I was younger and played every sport I could (at least for fun).

I am not suggesting that there are no similarities between sports, I mean their must be. The largest comparison I found was between baseball and golf. However, I am not convinced that there are enough similarities to benefit both swings. One will suffer more than the other and I believe it will be the golf game.

As I move forward, my life choices have helped eliminate most opportunities to mix swing techniques between sports. I will pick up a bat, hockey stick or racket from time to time, but I never play enough for it to affect my golf swing!

Do you play multiple sports? If so, does it affect your golf swing?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

8 thoughts on “Golfers Avoiding Other Sports

  1. Jim, I used to be an avid skier. Would routinely go to Colorado, Utah, New England, and some of the resorts in the mid-Atlantic. But after I had kids, I dropped the sport. It was either too time-consuming, too expensive, but it wasn’t for the risk of messing up my golf. Skiing does have a fairly high risk of injury though. Other than that, the amount of tennis I play doesn’t impact my golf swing one bit. I actually think dabbling in other sports is good for you because you exercise muscle groups you wouldn’t normally touch on the golf course.

    Thanks,

    Brian

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    • Brian,

      I agree that dabbling in other sports is fun and should be encouraged. However, some of athletes I met of the years wanted to be awesome in golf and another sport. Unfortunately, they movements conflicted and it impacted both. Now, I just play golf and coach basketball.

      Cheers Jim

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      • Jim, through the years there have been some excellent NFL placekickers who were great golfers. Al Del Greco comes to mind. If you read John Feinstein’s Next Man Up, the chapter with Ravens kicker Matt Stover is very revealing. He approached practice and play much like a professional golfer would using Bob Rotella’s methods. Working precise game conditions into practice so that the game kicks were almost routine. I found that very interesting. There have also been some very good quarterbacks who played golf like Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers.

        Thanks,

        Brian

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      • Brain,

        Yes, there have been some professional athletes to make the transition to golf, but not on the big stage to my knowledge. Natural athletic ability sure helps. Thanks for the tip on the book by John Feinstein, Next Man Up. I have read ‘A Good Walk Spoiled’ by this author a long time ago. It might be time for a new read.

        Have an awesome day!

        Cheers Jim

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