Sure, we know that winter golfing on Cape Cod is not a lot of fun, but that doesn’t mean you should bury your set of clubs during the cold months. There are actually many things that you can do to IMPROVE your golf game during seasonal slumps.
Training Tips for Cape Cod Golfers
Here’s a list of 5 off-season golf training tips that will keep you in tip-top shape and prepare you for a strong opening come spring.
1. Watch your weight.
The average golfer can put on an additional 5-10 pounds during the off season. Extra weight (non-lean mass) will not allow your hips to fire or rotate as quickly, causing a less-powerful drive and a more ineffective swing.
One way to maintain your weight is by creasing your portions or cutting back 500 calories a day.
2. Stay flexible.
The less flexible you are, the shorter and less effective your swing becomes. Try to stretch your hips once a day. An easy way to develop hip flexibility is to lie flat on your back and pull one of your knees to your chest, while the opposite leg remains extended. Hold the flexed knee for a total of 30 seconds, then switch. Repeat, performing two sets on each leg.
3. Lunge more.
The lunge is an excellent way to develop hip strength, which is essential for a faster swing. Start in a relaxed stance, and step forward with a large step until your lead leg’s shin bone is vertical to the floor and the knee is over your planted foot (but, not ahead of it). Next, your rear knee should bend as you rock up on the rear toes. After getting fixed in this position, explode back to a standing position. I advise starting with 10 repetitions on each side.
4. Tighten your core.
The stronger and more stable your core is, the less likely you are to develop lower back pain-which will ultimately can keep you off the course. One way to develop the muscles in this area is to place the body in a military-style push-up position with your legs fully extended and your hands directly under your shoulders. Next, hold yourself up in this position for as long as possible. When you hips start to sink to the ground, relax and repeat.
5. Swing often.
Grab your club and take an endless amount of swings. Not only will you be keeping flexible, but it is a great way to remain mentally and physically sharp!
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