We’re in the home stretch of winter, and that means a new golf season is just around the corner! Today we have a guest post from Matt at TruGolf, and he’s sharing his tips on how to get you and your golf game ready for Spring.
Get psyched — the new season is upon us! For most of us, winter means four months of inactivity. All that down time can set your game way back. There is a correct way to get back into the game in the spring, and it involves three important areas — your body, your swing, and your equipment.
Prepare Your Body
You should always stretch before any athletic activity. This is especially important after a long period of physical inactivity. When your muscles aren’t used to a certain motion, it’s much easier to injure them, so you should ease them into the activity. The most important areas to stretch are shoulders, triceps, hamstrings, lower back, forearms, wrists, and neck.
Get in Shape
It can be tough to stay in shape over the winter. Unless the gym is near your office, it can be easy to slip into a pattern of work>relax>sleep>repeat. With the season upon us, it’s time to shed a little of that winter weight and get your legs working again. Get out and walk, run, or whatever gets the blood pumping. You’ll be glad you did — especially if you normally walk the course.
Head to the Range
When Spring finally rolls around, you’ll need to wake up your muscles and get the muscle memory working. Time to head out to the range! Develop a strategy and put in some time. Most clubs provide golf simulators that provide analytics on your swing. Use this information to set goals to keep you motivated. Keep in mind, you’ll have off-days. Don’t let a rough patch get you down — the work will pay off in the end.
Prepare Your Swing
Start with Your Wedge
It’s always a good idea to head to the driving range at the beginning of the season to get your swing back. It’s tempting to grab your driver and just start hacking away. This is a mistake, however. You should always start with your wedges and work your way down through the clubs. The whole process should take place over the course of a few weeks, not hours.
Pay Attention to Your Grip
If you’ve taken a few months off, you’ll have to re-train your hands to grip the club properly. If configured properly, your hands should work together as one unit. Pay close attention to how you set up your grip every time you prepare to swing — your grip absolutely determines whether the ball will fly straight.
Work on Posture
The best way to ensure proper posture is to stand normally and hold a club against your back. The club should be touching your upper back and your butt. Bend forward at the hips with the club touching at the same spots and let your arms hang in front of you. Do that before every swing until your body naturally assumes the correct posture.
Prepare Your Equipment
Get Fitted for New Equipment
If you’re planning to replace your old clubs this season, it’s important to get the new clubs fitted by a professional. It’s even more important than saving a few bucks on last year’s sale clubs. If you’re going to do it, do it right.
Re-grip your Old Clubs
If you’re planning to hang on to last year’s clubs, you should take a long, hard look at them. Grips should be replaced about every 30 to 40 rounds of golf. Worn grips will cause discomfort and inconsistency and will ultimately cost you strokes. Replace them at the first sign of wear.
Get Some New Clothing
This last tip may seem a little obvious, but you should dress appropriately for the weather and for the course. You don’t want to freeze in the early season or burn up during the summer. And you definitely don’t want to earn the title of “Club Dirtbag.” Spend a few bucks on some clothing that will feel good and look good at the same time.
One way or another, a four-month hiatus will have negative effects on your game. With a little perseverance, however, you can be back on top of your game in a minimal amount of time. By following a few easy steps, your score should be back down to its September level in a month. So, suck it up, get out there, and charge hard into a new season!
Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the TruGolf.com team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process of the game.
How do you prepare for a new golf season?