Without being overly perfectionist, are you really ready to play golf this year?
- Are you fit enough to avoid injuries?
- Do you have all the needed equipment and accessories to have fun in this upcoming golf season?
- Will your golf swing and short game allow you to bring back a scorecard you will be proud of?
If in doubt, heed this advice from the late Joe Wooden, considered the best 20th Century university basketball trainer in the United States: “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” You do not want to fail, do you?
Three things to do to get ready for golf
First, get fit to avoid golf injuries: regularly exercise to improve your flexibility, strength, balance and cardio-vascular system, such as aerobic dance, yoga, tai chi or qi gong. Thus, you will be ready to play golf physically speaking.
Second, get a proper golf equipment, considering these key points:
- Make sure to have recent clubs, since old ones are heavier, thus making them difficult to swing properly.
- Have your golf grips replaced at least once a year. Old grips become hard and slippery over time, thus leading to uneasy and jerky swings.
- For the same reasons, throw away your old golf gloves and buy new ones.
- Buy golf balls whose hardness suits your swing speed: ladies golf balls for beginner and intermediate women golfers, men’s golf balls for men in general or for advanced women golfers, and harder balls like ProV1x for professionals or for golfers with high swing speeds. Recycled balls are a very satisfactory alternative to new balls, I guarantee it, and they are much cheaper than new ones.
- Do not forget a golf umbrella, some golf towels, and extra gloves for those rainy days.
- Good sunglasses also come in handy when reading putts.
- Do your carry a sand wedge (± 56°) and a lob wedge (60° or 64°)? Rarely sold with full sets, these two clubs will allow you to shave many strokes off your scorecard around the greens.
- Have good golf shoes or at least good sport shoes for more foot stability.
Thos 8 tips will get you ready to play golf materially speaking.
Third, improve your short game (100 yards and in shots) by enrolling in as many short game clinics and golf lessons as you can: putting, chipping, pitching, flop shots, greenside bunkers, fairway bunkers, etc., since the short game is the scoring game. This last aspect will get you ready to play golf technically speaking.
In other words, if you get ready for golf before hitting the golf course, you will triple the fun. With that said, I wish you all a Merry Golf Season!
CGTF Certified Golf Teacher