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.Continue reading
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Stretching Before Golfing
As I turn another age milestone this year, it is apparent that stretching needs to be part of my pre-golfing routine. During the off season, I spend a more time getting limber and this effort definitely pays off during golf season. However, during golf season, I seem to spend less time stretching before golf and I think it is time to change this oversight. I have tried many different types of stretches and I found three by Michael Breed that work for me and I think might work for you. When I use them, I find that my golf swing is fluid and controllable.Continue reading
Health, Fitness, and Golf
Do you know the common denominator that drives success in the areas of health, fitness, and golf? It is a constant and interrelated quantity that affects how well we improve in these and many other areas of our lives. Of course the simple answer is time! There is only a limited supply of it and depending on where you spend it, will depend on how successful we are in all aspects of our lives.Continue reading
The Importance of Fitness for the Senior Golfer
After turning 57 just before Christmas, I continue to be reminded of how important fitness is life. Remaining active is paramount for my good health moving forward. I have to admit that it is more challenging as I age to remain active and my mind is always saying yes, but my body sometimes rebels at the idea of moving around. I guess this is a fact of life as we age, however, if I want to continue golfing (and other things) for the next 25 years, the now is the time to set the foundation of a strong, healthy, active lifestyle. Continue reading
Going for Scratch
Well my first steps towards being a scratch golfer have been very successful. While I am still working out the details as to my fitness schedule, I have hit the gym three times in two days and oh yeah I am very sore. This is typical when starting a new fitness program and I am not concerned that I am having a hard time getting out of a chair.
Regardless, through the years I have realized there is always one thing that is truly important to the success of reaching a goal. Some will say organization, others support, and still others a solid plan. Although these things are important, they are not the most important aspects to my success.
For me it is accountability. I create an excel spread sheet, write down each activity accomplished and continually adjust my plan to keep improving. Also, I talk about my goals with my wife and friends. Lastly, I measure my fitness success by recording my slow increase in the amount of weights lifted.
This year, I am adding something new. I am going to keep a running total on my successes and how I carry out my goals. This new step will provide that extra incentive required to be successful.
This year is going to be a great journey. I am looking forward to all the challenges and enjoyment of reaching my goals. As my trek to being a better golfer unfolds, do not hesitate to offer suggestions and hints to help me along the way.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!