Winter can put a hold on your golf game, but it doesn’t have to. These are a few approaches that have helped me to get through a long winter and prepare my golf game for spring.
1. Set Goals
Do you want to break 80? Or do you want to be more consistent off the tee? Concrete goals will light your journey. Write them down, and share them with your golf, medical and fitness professional – i.e., your golf team. Your team will help you create a focused and efficient plan.
2. Get Golf-Fit
Your body is the most important piece of equipment you have. Take time this winter to focus on the things you can do to prepare your body for next season. An movement assessment of your flexibility and strength should be your starting point. A TPI certified medical or fitness professional with a golf background will be able to help you identify areas in which you could increase flexibility and strength; doing so will benefit your golf swing and protect you from injury. After your assessment, your team will formulate a swing, movement and workout plan to guide your fitness routine. Throughout the process your medical and fitness professional must collaborate with your swing coach to make the most efficient changes in your routine. Communication is key and will lead to the best results.
3. Check Your Equipment
Have a golf professional check your set. It should be assessed for loft, weight, swing weight, and grips (are they in good shape, the same size, the same weight?). You should hit every club on a launch monitor to see if any gaps of distance exist and to make sure all the shafts are the correct flex. This process will only take about an hour, but it will make a huge difference in your game.
4. Get a Lesson
Set up an hour lesson. During that lesson, discuss your goals with your golf professional, and ask for input that will inform your improvement plan. Also, take some video. Reviewing it will help you refine your goals and, if taken over time, it will help you monitor your progress as well. The improvement plan you develop should align with your goals and be shared with your fitness professional. Be sure that your fitness routine helps with your swing changes. Also be sure you check in with your golf professional periodically to stay on your path to improvement.
Document your fitness assessment, golf lesson, and equipment check. After a few weeks test again to see if you are still on plan and improving – at Pure Golf we complete a follow up assessment at the 6 week mark to track your progress, review your current program and make any necessary modifications.
My winters were usually spent hitting balls every few days. I felt that if I kept the body moving, I would be ready for the spring. Then I added a structured plan a few years ago, and I saw a definite improvement in my play early in the season. When I added communication between my fitness coach and swing coach, I found that the offseason became a time for growth and improvement in my game. I didn’t have the rust to shake off early in the season.
My goal last year was to hit my irons better. When I studied my swing, I found that I was swinging the club flat. I did a fitness assessment and discovered that I had a shoulder and hip that were not flexible. That inflexibility was contributing to the flat swing. Through stretching (yoga) and doing specific exercises I turned a 6-month swing change into 4 weeks.
Contact us for your golf needs and to set up your initial assessment. After your assessment, you will walk out with a specific plan to improve your game.
Andy Fish, PGA