Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

After eating our weight in turkey and stuffing, it is time to get back into the swing of things. As I stated earlier, my golf season has come to a close, but that does not mean that I need to stop doing what I do to ensure my game is ready for next year. Yes, I realize that I still have 6 months to go, but establishing my routine early is the secret to my golfing success. Additionally, the other health benefits are critical to the successes in the ‘off-the-course’ part of my life. So, it is time to get started.

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Using a Full Turn to Generate Swing Speed

This is a topic of great interest to me because I sometimes forget to make a full turn with my shorter clubs. It seems that my arms decide to take over and I have a mental struggle to regain control. The result of this battle generally results in hitting short on approach shots! It is very frustrating and something I will.work on over the winter.

Making a full turn.

The above picture shows that when focused on turning, I can make it happen. This action shot catches me in motion and everything looks to be in the right position. The results of this shot was 220 yards down the right side of the fairway. My ball flight was straight as an arrow and set our team up for an easy birdie.

Turning under control is a skill I worked on over the years because I appreciate its importance. However, to be able to make a full turn effortlessly, I will have to focus on my flexibility in the offseason. It is something I have let slide and need to rectify.

Making a full turn helps with increased distance, improve contact, and swing tempo. It does take effort and I plan on using my orange whip training aid more in the coming months to improve this skill.

Do you make a full turn when hitting for distance?

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

Focused Physical Training to Improve My Golf Game

Staying physically fit is important to life in general. It is something I identified early in my life and have adopted an active lifestyle to enjoy what comes my way. It has served me well and I as approach 60, I know it will be important in my ‘gold years’. However, over the past five years, I have also come to realize that my physical training routine needs to focus on the activities I want to do most to ensure I can participate at the level want moving forward. In this case, golf is the sport I focus on most and as such do try to train to improve my game. However, this is not always the case for most players. Continue reading

My 2017 Golf Season Starts Today!

Another journey starts today.

The day has finally arrived. After 200 days (yes, that number is correct), I am hitting the links! The long, cold off-season is over and at 2 pm today I am teeing it up with my friends Blair and Rick. Our course has 9 holes open because of the wet front nine and this will be a perfect start for me. Of course I am not planning to just show up at the course and play because that is how injuries happen after such a long lay off,. So, here is what I am thinking. Continue reading