HINT: Not like this…
The PGA Golf Tour is in full swing and for many parts of the country and world the golf season is upon us. Many of you are anxious to dust off the golf clubs and get out to the golf course for your first round of golf. A question that may be on your mind is how do I get ready? How do I knock off 6 months of rust on my golf swing, feel comfortable with my driver on the first tee, and post a good golf score at the end of the round?
Too often it is the case for most amateur golfers, but the process of preparing for the upcoming golf season does not begin 3-6 weeks before your first tee time, but rather consists of 3 minutes of light stretching before your first drive of the season. Bottom line, the process of getting ready for the upcoming golf season begins weeks or even months before your first round of golf for the year. To have a successful first round of golf and a good full season of golf it’s important to begin the process of preparation well in advance of your first time on the golf course. If you look at professional golfers they begin the process of preparing for the upcoming golf season months in advanced, and it’s obvious to everyone why they are the known as the best players in the world, and I guarantee that they would tell you that preparation (the time before they go play) is a major factor in their success. I would dare to suggest that we as amateurs, wanting to stay in good form as long as possible, do the same. We can also develop a plan that will get our body, and our golf swings, ready to play our best just as soon as the snow thaws, the birds are chirping again, and the greens are ready for putting.
What does such a plan contain? This type of golf preparation plan would contain drills, exercises, and programs to improve and prepare every aspect of your golf game. If we break down the game of golf into categories, putting together a golf program becomes much easier to understand. A brief breakdown of the golf game would indicate the need to implement swing drills to work on the full swing, the short game, and the putting. We could obviously get a little more detailed than a breakdown of the golf game into three different categories, but let’s keep it simple for now.
Now that we have this breakdown of the game of golf into full swing, short game, and putting, the next step is to implement a series of drills to work on each of these aspects. Simply put, I would suggest devising a series of drills to work on each part of the golf game/swing. This can easily be accomplished by purchasing a few books or videos from one of the top-teaching professionals in the world of golf, or just going onto YouTube and searching for golf drills in each category. Youtube is a wealth of information on golf related topics. And if you are one of those individuals that lives in a cold climate and is unable to get to a driving range or practice facility, no need to worry. Most all of the instructional videos/books available have drills that can be performed in the comfort of your own home. Of all the categories to focus on, the putting aspect of the game is by far the most important to success on the golf course. If you can’t putt, you can’t score, period. And 3 putts are a killer of the golf score, so be able to roll it within a few feet from anywhere on the green, and you will give yourself a lot more chances for birdies and pars.
So understanding that preparation is key to a successful year on the golf course, the preparation plan begins well in advance of the first tee time of the year, and a portion of the plan consists of swing drills. This brings us to the final part of your preparation plan for the upcoming golf season. This part of the plan centers on the implementation of golf fitness exercises to go along with your swing drills. We must understand the concept of your body and how it relates to the golf swing. The golf swing is executed in its entirety by your body.
In order for your body to execute the golf swing correctly, it requires you to have certain levels of flexibility, balance, strength, endurance, and power. If you are lacking any one of these physical areas, overcompensations will likely occur in your golf swing. The reason being, it’s hard to hold a bridge together if one of the piles is failing. The failure of one of the foundational pieces then puts stress on the other foundations, causing them to have to overcompensate in order to try to hold everything together. This is how a golf swing can unravel quickly, and this is why keeping those areas of our bodies flexible and strong, that are most useful for a good golf swing. It comes down to this: In order to be prepared for the upcoming golf season and to improve your golf swing, the implementation of golf fitness exercises geared towards developing your body around the golf swing is necessary. This type of program will prepare the body for the golf swing and for the upcoming golf season.
To summarize, the process of preparing yourself for a great upcoming golf season begins with a preparation plan. This plan begins weeks to months in advance of your first time out on the golf course. Additionally, this preparation plan for the upcoming golf season contains a series of golf training drills to prepare your golf swing. The golf training drills break down the golf game into three sections; full swing, short game, and putting. A series of swing drills are implemented to work on each one of these parts of your golf game. In addition, golf fitness exercises are implemented into the golf-training program to develop your body around your golf swing. Put all these pieces together and your first time out on the golf course this year should be an enjoyable one.