Stretching and Warming Up

Training Tips: Stretching and Warming Up

Training Tips: Stretching and Warming UpWhile all of us know that the more flexibility we have, the better we will feel and the better our golf game will be, most of us just don’t do it. One reason for me is that it is just plain boring. Another reason is that it is simply not part of a daily routine. This section is not about whipping you into peak physical condition. Nor will there be an expectation that you will spend an hour a day working on your flexibility. Again, the purpose of this report is to help you do what is achievable rather than ideal.

First and foremost, you should talk to your Doctor before starting any type of exercise program, even one as benign as this. The goal here is simply to improve your flexibility, not increase your heart rate. Always take a stretch only to the point where it reaches the limit of comfort. Never try to feel the burn and never bounce. Both of those are sure fire ways to hurt yourself.

Can you spare 5 minutes per day? That is what I recommend you start with. Try to get your stretching done at the same time every day. In this way, it will become a part of your routine and as you do it daily there is a very good chance that you will want to do more and more stretching which will improve your golf game and maybe even your life.

The reason I chose 5 minutes is because all of us have 5 minutes and it is pretty underwhelming when you think about it. All of the sections of this book are geared toward incremental improvement. As you start to achieve small victories, it will encourage you to push a little harder.

Start with the first stretch that we all learn as children. Put your feet shoulder width apart and have a slight flex at the knees. Bend at the waist and reach towards your toes. Just do what feels comfortable. Hold for 10 seconds and stand up. You want to do this 3 times. What I like about this simple stretch is that you can actually see your improvement as you get farther and farther down each day. Little victories!

Next, bring your right leg up to approximately waist high and place it on a chair or desk. Try to keep the leg straight and bend at the waist as you try and touch your right knee with your head. Do not overdo this but keep it comfortable. Do this 3 times with each leg.

Find an open spot on the wall and stand about a foot away with your feet together. Lean into the wall and move your right foot back about 6 inches. Now try to push your right heel into the ground. You will feel your right calf muscle stretch. Again, you want to do this 3 times with each leg.

All of these stretches will give you more strength and flexibility in your lower body. This in turn will help you hit the ball farther but also feel better after the round. The more ambitious of you reading this will want to do these stretches and the ones that follow both before and after every round.

To stretch your wrists and forearms, hold your right hand straight out and use your left hand to bend and pull your right hand down then turn your hand upside down and repeat. These are great stretches for your hands and can be done just about anywhere. Do both hands both ways at least 3 times.

To stretch your upper arms, take a golf club in your left hand and reach behind you so you can grab it over your shoulder with your right hand. Then pull down with your left hand. Repeat with your opposite hand. This is a good one to do on the tee as you wait for your turn to hit.

This next one is my favorite because it mimics the golf swing and makes me feel like I am really helping my game. It is important that you do this the correct way for 2 reasons. First, you don’t want to hurt yourself. Second, this stretch is one you will want to hold in your mind for later because it is the basis for everything I teach.

Take a golf club and put it behind your neck. Hold it with both hands a comfortable width apart. Bend slightly at the waist, just like you would as you address the ball. It will actually help if you place a ball where it would normally be as you were getting ready to hit. Here is where you want to be careful. The basis of everything I teach is proper spine angle and rotating around your spine. With this exercise, you should focus on keeping your head in the same spot and turning your shoulders so that eventually your left shoulder will be underneath your chin. One of the biggest problems that I see repeated over and over is swaying. This will be addressed later but doing this stretch properly will go a long way towards controlling sway. Finish the stretch as you would your swing.

What is your routine when you arrive at the golf course? I have always liked to get there early. There is just something about being at a golf course in the morning. You can joke with the bag drop folks and pro shop people. You can relax and get warmed up while not feeling rushed. To each his own, though.

On the day you are playing, you should do some stretching at home then get to the course with at least enough time to hit a few putts. In my mind, tempo is critical in not only not only your swing but your state of mind. We have all played with someone who shows up at the last minute and ties their shoes after their tee shot. Is it really any wonder that they have not brought their A game? You should experiment with different routines until you find the right one for you. At a minimum, you want to get to the first tee relaxed and ready to start your round. If your goal is to improve 1 shot per round why not see if you can do it right out of the gate?

Perfecting Your Goilf SwingFor beginners, the goal is to develop the skills and techniques necessary to get on the game. But once you have been on the course for quite some time, your goals change. You like Perfecting your Golf Swing.

So knowledge and practice, they go hand-in-hand. But then again golf is not just about knowing how to swing a golf club. The force of your swing matters but if your accuracy is so bad that you end up playing out of the course for of the game, then that is something that needs to be worked on. There are five basic bodily motions that you want to learn in order to play golf. These motions pertain to the five parts of your body that you will often use when playing golf:

• Feet
• Legs and knees
• Hips and shoulders
• Arms
• Hands and wrists

Learn about those 5 motions and you be able the go for Perfecting your Golf Swing

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There are many different ways to make your golf game more enjoyable and become more skilled at it at the same time. Many would believe that the best way to do this is to buy an expensive set of clubs or something similarly extravagant. However, this is not the case. You can buy golf accessories that will improve the overall quality of your game (including how much you enjoy it as well as how skilled you are at it). Read on to find out about some of the best investments a golfer can make.  If you are looking for something to spend your holiday bonus on, look no further.

The first accessory that you should consider getting is an adjustable golf club. If you didn’t get a set of “tailor-made” golf clubs specific to your own techniques, chances are that you probably don’t have clubs that maximize your potential. If you buy an adjustable golf club and constantly fiddle with it, you are very likely to find a combination of settings that will provide the perfect game for you. In other words, the adjustable golf club will really let you start to feel out your own unique playing style. From there you can have a better idea of the specifications you prefer on golf clubs, and buy an entire club set that follows these guidelines.

Another way to improve your technique is to use an electronic device that is meant to improve your swing or your putting. If you watch the best pro golfers on television, you will see that they make all make movements that are almost exactly the same. If you watch your golfing buddies, you will see a larger variation in the ways they make their swings. Your goal should be to be extremely constant in your swings, and hopefully more like a professional. Home devices can help you do this. Some resemble clubs but contain small electronic devices that sense the acceleration and angle of the club as you swing it. It can then give you feedback and tell you how exactly you can improve your stroke.

The putting portion of the game is very vital for your final score, and if executed poorly it is a way to quickly rack up points that reflect poorly on a game that was otherwise well-played. To practice putting, you can install a simple putting green in your home. These can range from any size, but as long as it is big enough to work effectively then it should be worth the money. If you use the same putter that you use on the golf course, you will find that your skill improves immensely through practice. Putting is definitely one of the most nerve-wracking and challenging parts of the game, but practicing on the putting green will allow you much more confidence. You can buy these pre-made, or you can undergo the process of building a custom one.

If you are looking to add some major improvement to your golfing skills, you should consider getting lessons from a private tutor instead of spending your money on accessories. If you can get your actual technique critiqued by an expert, you will find that this works much better than any sort of accessory that you could have bought. Don’t feel embarrassed to get a golfing tutor, even if you feel that you are above average in skill. Even the smallest imperfection could cripple your whole game, so you should take whatever chance you get to root these imperfections out.

It is good to not settle for mediocrity. If you are going to play golf, you should do everything you can to play it right. If it means spending some money to get some nice golfing accessories to improve your game, then it should be worth it to gain the extra skill and become better at the game you enjoy.

It’s never easy asking for help, but in golf, it is almost a necessity.  Unfortunately,  we often ask our buddies and partners, when in reality we should take a lesson or two.

We think that a Pro would critique harshly, but they are honest, positive and very helpful.  Lessons at the local course aren’t as expensive as you might think and they are worth it because your game will improve rapidly and cause you less frustration,  making the game much more enjoyable for you.

Of utmost importance, is being honest about your game.  The Pro will ask you what you want to start with; driving, chipping, putting or whatever you feel you need help with.  Listen carefully and follow the instructions. You may have doubts if the Pro changes your stance, your grip or your swing;  the Pro knows best.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Don’t worry about if the question or concern in stupid-they’ve heard it all before and will not make you feel like an idiot for asking.  If you don’t “get it”, tell him/her that you’re not getting it. You should never walk away from a lesson with unanswered questions.

You can concentrate on one thing during a lesson, or several. You might start with a lesson in driving;  get the right grip, the right stance, the right swing, the right follow-through in one lesson, and then practice it.  Next time, you might work on your short game, or putting.

You’ve invested in the equipment, doesn’t it make sense to learn how to use them to their advantage and improve your abilities?

Before you start a round of golf, it is important thatyou  remember to warm up for the match. People warm up for their chosen sports all the time, as it reduces the  risk of injury; golf is no different. By the time professionals step up to the first tee, they are fully  prepared to give their best from the first swing onward.

To get a good exercise round in, you will need to warm up; that will mean getting to the course early. You may need to take care of things in the golf shop or anything else  that you have planned, but you must not feel rushed to get all these things done just so you can get a good warm up  in. Get there early and get everything done so that you can get a nice exercise session done in time.

Putting is a big part of golf and as such, you will need to do some warming up before you start putting. It is the  slowest and smoothest of all strokes in golf, which means you will need a different warm up. So set some golf balls down, starting  putting; and you should be ready to tackle  any greens that come your way when golfing.

Stretching can improve your game radically, especially if  you stretch properly. It will also help you avoid injuries, which are often the result of tense muscles. 

Time your warm up so that you will make it to the first tee in time with everyone else. You do not want to stand there for a few minutes after you just finished warming up. If you do have a delay, stand by the side of the tee, make slow swings, and stretch so that you can stay loose.

If you choose not to warm up before a game, then you are  starting the game with a severe handicap.