5 Ways to Improve Your Golf Game This Off-Season
The holiday season is upon us. We seem to have had great weather up to this point. Many of us have still been getting in some enjoyable fall rounds. Unfortunately, it seems as if that has come to an end this past weekend. Time to hang up the clubs for the winter, right? Not so fast if you want to play your best golf in 2017! Here are 5 ways to work on improving your golf game during this off-season.
1. Practice with a Purpose Indoors
Reality has hit and unless you want to play in 30-degree weather, you are most likely going to start having to do your off-season training indoors. By practicing with a purpose, you can make sure you get the most out of these practice sessions. Each time you’re hitting balls into a net—instead of just whacking away—make sure you have a goal in mind. Pick a variety of targets, check your alignment, switch your clubs or types of shots frequently. Go through a 9 or 18 hole course, in your head, switching clubs each shot. Set a goal for your practice session before it begins and make sure you stay on course (no pun intended).
2. Get Back Into Your Fitness Routine
Many of us workout all year long while others like to take it easy during golf season and come back strong in the winter. The time is here to get back into that routine. Now that it is dark at 5 pm, try to devote some extra time to stretching, focusing on stability/mobility exercises that will directly relate to your golf swing or strengthening your core. An extra 30-60 minutes of exercise each day will make a huge difference.
3. Increase Power and Strength Training
In the past few years of working with golfers of all ages, I always start by asking for fitness and golf goals. The response I hear the most is, “I want to hit the ball farther.” I don’t know many people who would turn down an extra 20-30 yards off the tee. Off-season training is the time to work on that. Once you know your body’s limitations and can train safely, we can begin to focus on increasing power and strength. There are not many up and coming PGA or LPGA golfers who are not spending 4+ days a week in the gym. They make fitness a priority, train like athletes and are as strong and powerful as golfers have ever been. Golf Channel’s Morning Drive has a “Fitness Friday” Segment every week with golf specific exercises focusing around power, strength, mobility and stability.
4. Don’t Neglect your Short Game!
This can be a tricky one when you live in Indiana. Most people can easily come hit balls indoors all winter long and keep the full swing feeling good, but what about the short game? This is the first thing to go when taking some time off from the game, as most of it is touch and feel. Obviously, the off-season may be an easier time to make a bigger swing change, but you can still keep the short game sharp by adding putting and chipping drills into your routine as well. Focus on these drills just as much, if not more, than the full swing.
5. Pick up a Book about Mental Focus
Competitive golf is played mainly on a five and a half inch course—the space between your ears. –Bobby Jones
Growing up as a competitive golfer, I know this quote could not be any truer. I cannot think of many other sport that is more mental than golf. The off-season is the perfect time to make your way through a couple books. Bob Rotella, a legend in the golf world, is known for a few fantastic mental focus books: Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, Life is not a Game of Perfect and Your 15th Club.
Stop by Correct2Compete to start your off-season training program. If you’re looking to learn more about what exercises are best for your body and golf swing, come visit the fitness staff or contact Ali Arends at firstname.lastname@example.org.