Some golfers will wait to be inspired by the incredible images from Augusta National Golf Club and the ridiculously talented players who are allowed to play in the Masters. Others wait for the temperature to match their best score. It doesn’t matter when you decide to begin your golf season, but when you do it is beneficial to do a little bit of preparation.
Sure, I could tell you that you need to sign up for a series of six private golf lessons with your local CPGA golf instructor. By the way, I am one of those and know a few others. I might even suggest finding a qualified personal trainer to drive you through session after session of golf conditioning exercises. I know a couple of those too. Finally, I could direct you to the candy store of golf and tell you to arm yourself with the latest and greatest golf equipment available, until the next model come out.
I am not going to do any of these things.
When you decide to begin your golf season the first thing you may want to decide is how much you are going to want to play. Let’s be honest, we all would like to play more than we do. Be realistic about this and then go to your nearest golf course and find out the best way to get involved. You’ll save money by joining a loyalty program or purchasing a multi-game pass. Make the commitment so this year is the year you get out and enjoy this great game, because you live in a great place to play it.
Next, check the equipment you already own. The grips are the most important part and they should be relatively clean and not too slippery. It’s hard to get asked back to a play with a foursome if you have almost taken their heads off with a club coming out of your hands. Before you run out and get them re-gripped (by that CPGA golf pro that you know) take the time to wash them with some warm to hot water and some kind of cleaner. They should get softer and have some more tack to them. If they don’t, do us all a favour and get them re-gripped.
Finally, as far as equipment goes, make sure you have all the clubs, you are allowed 14. I hate it when you hit a great drive and don’t have the right club for the second shot. I hate having to borrow someone else’s putter too.
Fitness plays a big role in preparing for the golf season as well. My bet is that you didn’t do much in the way of stretching those golf muscles during the off season. It is actually hard to find a good stretch or exercise that incorporates all of the muscles and joints used in a golf swing. So here’s an idea, swing a golf club! Start with small swings and gradually work up to your full swing. Keep your feet close together at first to develop a better turn or body rotation. Take it slow and if it hurts, stop.
Don’t get me wrong, if you have the time and the money you can go see your local golf pro and take some lessons. If you are trying to be the best that you can be you should definitely seek out some performance enhancing exercises from a personal trainer that is qualified to do so. And you will absolutely benefit from the newest equipment. The technology that is now incorporated into golf shafts and balls will help you maximize your potential in the game. But to me, just getting out onto the golf course and the enjoyment of the game at any level requires just a few steps of preparation. So take the first step – make the choice to play.
Have a great season… whenever it starts.
By Ward Stouffer