The start of everything golf is going to happen in just a few days. After months of watching the snow pile up in my yard, moving the fluffy stuff and watching it slowly melt, it is time to start practice in earnest. Yup, spring has sprung and starting this weekend, it will be warm enough to practice outside without 4 or 5 layers of clothes. I am excited that the time has finally arrived to sharpen my skills. Unfortunately, my initial surge comes with the potential for injury, so I must take my time and stay focused on not ‘over doing my training’!
There are two areas that I specifically stay focused on to ensure I do not create any lasting injuries. After not really swinging my clubs for the winter, even though I have a DIY driving net, the repeated movements of hitting golf balls does cause soreness in my back and hands. This is not a surprising thing, but something I must be wary off until I am in ‘game shape’. It happens every year and I am prepared.
I have to ensure I stretch before and after hitting balls so all my joints are prepared for the movements. This is just one of the things that is a must do to ensure I do not injury myself. Additionally, I swing slowly for the first 10 hits or so to remind my body the full motion I am expecting. Then I slowly increase speed so that I hit a good portion of my practice balls at my intended speed. It is not very scientific, but this ramp up process works well to help me reduce soreness.
Lastly, I stay focused on my target line. I try to create a fluid swing on the path that fits my swing. This swing plane helps reduce unwanted twisting and turning that might add to the potential of injury or increase soreness. I have found in the past that if I jump in and do not methodically focus on my target line, my swing plane goes all erratic. And that is never a good thing at any time of the year.
Well, I am ready to increase my tempo of training. I will try to reduce soreness by slowing introducing a full swing routine. This routine will continue to many months because it is just smart to prepare our bodies for the riggers of any golf swing, walking the course and carrying my clubs; see how I introduced new things; I did that because they are all connected. Do you have any techniques that employ to reduce soreness at the beginning of your golf season?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!