Five Steps to Better Golf
1. 2015 New Year’s Resolution’
- Set yourself the goal of a post-Christmas golf-specific exercise plan! Consider joining your local gym and ask for some
assistance, as training instructors are not only more than happy and willing to help, but they’re also best suited to advise you on the ideal exercises for your golf game and for your golf swing. Not only will you reap the rewards through increased distance and stamina in the months to come, but in addition, a fit and healthy body of course makes for a fit and healthy mind. Therefore, treat yourself to a post-Christmas detox too! We all tend to somewhat overindulge during the festive period, so give your body a well deserved break, and start to eat and drink healthily once more. Also consider seeking some good advice from a local nutritionist, again in order to ascertain what’s best for you and for your body, and
3.‘Out with the old and in with the new’ - Is it time to upgrade your equipment anyway? Well, there are five signs to look out for that will indicate whether or not you need to contemplate changing your clubs: 1) Your golf game has changed; for better or for worse! 2) You bought your last set over three years ago; equipment technology is constantly being updated and continuingly being improved year upon year. 3) You are more ‘senior’ than you once were; most older players need clubs that have more flexible shafts and hence can benefit from greater club-head speed and thus increased distance. 4) Too much wear and tear; grooves on clubfaces can become too smooth, club shafts can start to crack and split, and dents and abrasions on clubfaces too can all lead to poorer shots. 5) You’re not making progress; if after having lessons, and thereafter you’ve practiced and played on multiple occasions, and yet still your scores aren’t improving, then your clubs could well be holding you back. Clubs are often too short or too long for an individual's needs, so book a custom-fitting session with your local PGA Professional to ascertain what personal specifications you need when acquiring your next set of made-to-measure clubs.
4. ‘Golfers who are in the know, have lessons with a PGA pro’ - Invest in your golf game by taking regular coaching sessions with a PGA Professional. For real progress to happen in golf, expert coaching is key. Starting with basic set-up fundamentals and swing movement, a PGA pro can provide you with a straightforward and uncomplicated way of consistently repeating an action in order to swing the club correctly. The clear knowledge that a PGA pro possesses can accelerate you towards achieving your desired goal, and through practicing a defined programme and applying it to your game will inevitably show an immediate improvement.
5. ‘Practice with purpose’ - Deliberate practice is vital when it comes to lower scores. Everyone has the ability to play better golf, but it takes more than just practice, it takes smart practice, and an understanding of what’s effective when practicing. It’s been said that it takes 10,000 hours to master a given skill; that’s approx. three hours per day for nine years! However, we all have jobs, families and a life to live, but everyone can still improve significantly with these ‘4 Laws of Perfect Practice’: 1) Deliberate practice is highly personalised; work on what is unique to you. Devise a plan that involves working on shots and situations that make you uncomfortable, and focus on areas that you’d like to improve. 2) Push yourself; for instance, a new grip or stance can feel strange at first, but sometimes it’s what’s needed to improve. 3) Repeat at high volume; we’ve all heard that ‘practice makes perfect’ and now brain science reveals why high-volume repetition is critical. Performing a motor activity repeatedly sends signals to the brain, creating what some refer to as ‘muscle memory’. 4) Deliberate practice requires continual, specific feedback; we all have blind spots, so we all need a coach and subsequent sound feedback. A good coach is an ideal solution towards better golf. Expert feedback corrects mistakes and without it, progress is virtually impossible.See where your golf can take you in 2015. Book some coaching with your local PGA pro here.