Due to the pandemic, never have we ever spent so much time away from the links. Whilst golf training aids – such as putting mats and nets – made it possible to practice at home, you’re bound to be a bit rusty. But the good news is, there are several things you can do to bring your handicap down.
Here we offer 5 tips to help you play better in the summer:
1. Focus on your fitness
Although golf doesn’t require ferocious strength, it is a highly competitive sport that requires mental capacity and demands physical extortion and muscle use.
Attending the gym a couple of times a week – doing some squats and lunges, core exercises and dumbbell workouts – can have a positive impact on your swing. You might also consider finding a personal trainer who can create a program for you to work on your shoulders, back, abdomen and legs. And fitting in some cardiovascular training, be it a run, walk or cycle, will improve your endurance and prepare your muscles for a day of golf – reducing the risk of injury.
2. Book golf lessons
Struggling to perfect that slice? Does your putting need a little more work? Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or an amateur, lessons are great for fine-tuning mistakes and will ultimately bring your scores down.
The cost of golf lessons can vary depending on the location, the duration of the lesson, the type of lesson (i.e. individual or group), the technology used and how much experience the coach has to offer. So it pays to do your research to ensure you get the most value for your money.
3. Go to the driving range
Professionals like Tiger Woods spend approximately two hours a day at the driving range, working on their form.
Now, we appreciate that you might not be able to spend that much time at the range to hone in your game, but you should aim for two hours a week, if possible. And whilst you’re there, be sure to practice what you’ve learnt from your lessons!
4. Walk the course
Of course, you will need to have a decent pair of men’s adidas golf shoes on your feet to ensure maximum stability and comfort, but you can learn a lot from walking the course.
When you walk, you get a real sense of the lie of your ball. You’ll be able to assess the conditions to ensure that your ball doesn’t run into the creek or sink if you hit too high of a lob shot which, in turn, impacts your score. Plus, walking the course instead of riding in a cart is good for your health.
5. Invest in an electric golf trolley
If the one thing stopping you from walking the course is the thought of having to lug your golf bag around on your back, think again. Electric golf trolleys are immensely popular today and take the strain off your body – allowing you to preserve your energy for the game. They even allow you to take more onto the course with you, including sun cream and refreshments, which means you can protect yourself against the sun’s rays and keep your energy levels up when playing in scorching temperatures.
Many tour players use motorised trolleys to their advantage and have lowered their handicaps by an average of three strokes! Perhaps you could do the same?
If you’re thinking about buying an electric golf trolley this summer or would like to know more about the different models on the market today, get in touch with the team at Clarkes’ Golf Centre. They provide a wide range of trolleys from leading manufacturing brands, including PowaKaddy and Motocaddy, and pride themselves on offering some of the most competitive prices.