If you do not loosen up your body before playing golf there is a chance that you will not feel comfortable over the ball for 3 or 4 holes. This is definitely the case for my game when I am running late and arrive at the course just a few minutes before teeing off. Even when I am early enough to loosen up my muscles, I sometimes go through the motion and really forget which muscles need to be activated before hitting my golf ball. My half effort of limbering up does cause challenges and can easily be rectified. Additionally, when stretching I sometimes forget to engage my core and lower half of my body which again causes challenges when playing the first few holes of my round. Short of focusing better, I found a video that will help improve my pre-game routine.
In previous articles, I discussed trying to create lag in my golf swing. To accomplish this, I need to generate more separation between my shoulders and my hips. I have worked on this swing mechanic, but did not realize I was hurting my game by not really engaging my core during my warm up. Luckily, I found this simple drill that will help me achieve a more effective use of my pre-round time.
The above drill by Simon Buckley is simple, repeatable, and achieves a specific need in my game. It is so simple that I could do it on the course as a reminder to my body of what I am trying to achieve. I am not an expert and anytime we try something new with respect to moving/stretching our muscles caution should be taken. We need to work at our own abilities and this drill fits into my wheelhouse. You decide for you, but the intent of building more lag by engaging my core during my workout makes sense to me.
There are so many different physical movements in a golf swing that require specific attention. Since I am in a 6 month lull for playing golf, now is the time to improve my flexibility and strength. I have the equipment and drive to do so. With drills like the one shown above, I can start to develop a library of resources that will ensure I am ready for next season.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!