Spring Golf Tips
By Marybeth Winslow of Blue Rock Golf Course
Spring is here, which means golf courses across Cape Cod are ready for players to return for another season. If you weren’t lucky enough to go to warmer pastures this winter, your clubs have probably been buried in the garage behind the shovels and snow blower. So how do you we get ready for this season? I have devised a 5 step plan to help you start the season off right:
1) Make sure your equipment is ready! Make sure your grips are not worn; they should be changed every 1 – 2 years depending on how much you play. A worn grip may affect the way a golfer grips the club which can affect the swing. New shoes…maybe not, maybe you just need to replace the spikes so you don’t move around. And it doesn’t hurt to talk to your local pro or golf shop to find out how you can take advantage of the technology used in newer clubs.
2) Get fit, and in golf shape. If you have been a couch potato this winter, start a stretching regime now every morning, and go for a 30-60 minute walk at least three times a week. If you are already fit, focus on golf-specific strength training exercises.
3) Mental Game – Develop a plan for the season, whether it is getting out and playing at least 3 times a week with friends or getting your handicap down to single digits. Be sure to include time for practice focusing on the part of your game that needs the most improvement, whether it is putting, your drive, or getting out of the sand.
4) Play, Play Play…now that you have a plan, figure out if the goals you set are realistic, we want you to hit your golf stride earlier than later this year. Too often, we figure “it “out in the fall. Reevaluate your goals and make sure you are on the same page as your golf game before the summer starts.
5.) Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Talk to your local professional in the spring. You don’t have to travel far for exceptional golf courses or instructors! Search “CAPE COD GOLF SCHOOLS” or “CAPE COD GOLF INSTRUCTION” and you will find top professionals in your area. We often think we can figure it out or fix the problem ourselves but buy working with a Golf Professional, you will much more likely resolve the issue sooner. Don’t forget to ask about video analysis; it is now usually included in your lesson and very helpful, especially for visual learners.
This list should help you get ready to play and hopefully have your best golf season yet!