Let’s just say maybe you are not 25 anymore and your flexibility has diminished just slightly, ok maybe more than slightly. If you are like me and you have other athletic pursuits, for me I lift weights. No, I don’t lift to look like Mr. Universe and my football playing days are long behind me so there is no need to get big. I have just found that I can maintain some kind of condition so I can continue doing a lot of sports I enjoy such as golf and not have to call the paramedics the next day when I cannot move from being so sore. Essentially, the weight training develops the muscles but, they become less flexible and restrict my movement.
Moving right along…
Here is a little trick I taught myself some years ago as I found I was not getting enough rotation and range on my golf swing. Often times, I would really get a hold of a tee shot or fairway shot and struggle to duplicate it. What I realized was that if I could lengthen my backswing then it would maximize my power to equal greater distance.
To improve and better my rotation and backswing I made some slight adjustments…
To increase rotation of hips and body for follow through and better distance bring your feet slightly closer on address. If you try this make sure you give yourself some practice time before hitting the course as although it is subtle, it will speed your swing and you may find yourself a little quick on the ball and hitting a pull.
Additionally, you may find yourself adjusting ever so slightly as well your distance from the ball at address.
As with most adjustments you have to go with trial and error – good luck and hit it straight and long.
We do it all the time, especially on the first tee if we can. We pull the “big dog” driver out to get right off the tee and look to get 250 to 300 yards down the fairway. Then something happens, most high handicap golfers end up sending the ball off the tee wide left or wide right – our spray day has begun!
Did you ever stop to think what would happen if you went to the 3 wood instead of the almighty driver? Most golfers at all levels consistently hit a 3 wood better than their driver. Yes, I too have gotten all those mail and internet offers for that one driver that will forever change my game and straighten me out so I hit the fairway every time – still looking for that magic stick!
So maybe in the meantime I’ll give up the 20 or more yards I would get with my driver for the greater chance of hitting from the fairway on my second shot and go get that all to elusive birdie!I know all to well what it means to be hitting from the rough and how it can easily add a stroke to a hole or two.
Muscle memory is about programming your muscles to make consistent movements through repetition for better golf today. For all of us this takes a different amount of time, based on your body type, age, athleticism and of course time to practice. The good news is that we all can achieve this in our golf swing. To play better golf today doesn’t mean we need to swing countless times at the golf range. In fact, here is a tip, hitting 150 or more balls can actually hurt your muscle memory due to fatigue and muscle flexibility that can actually change your entire swing as well as contact angle. Instead try this tip, focus on your golf swing form and the consistency of speed with form that you can repeat time and again for effective golf practice. More importantly, the fact that you can repeat the same golf swing on the course is vital and this will also lead to better golf fitness.
Know your clubs and how well and far you hit them. Whether you make use of Taylor Made, Callaway, Nike, Cleveland, Ping, Adams, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Cobra, Wilson, Hireko, McGregor, Tommy Armour, Titleist, Krank or others, you must learn distance control. Take note of your tendencies, which clubs you consistently hit best and your swing feels the most natural. This will come in handy when you have that off the fairway shot or when you have a tricky distance to manage.
Tip 2: Align the Club First
The next time you are on the course and are setting up for your next great golf shot, make sure you align the club face behind the ball to directly set up at the target. Do this before ever getting into your stance. You may even step back behind the ball first just to get a fuller perspective of the entire fairway and hole location. This even works when putting after your have read the green first of course. If you need assistance with this consider golf alignment sticks, such as the brands David Leadbetter, Callaway and Maxfli just to name a few.