If you’re like me losing isn’t an option!!! I’m always looking for ways to improve myself and my process. Reflecting on my golfing days if I could do anything over my winter time process would have looked vastly different. Taking 3 to 4 months off while others are still preparing consistently is tough to catch. You can look at my scoring in college and see how it took 2 to 3 events for me to get going starting in March. Good news was I was ready for our conference tournament by then but bad news was I could have done more. Below I’ll be listing the ways to improve your golf game over the winter months. Your success will depend on how consistently you can show up….
- Rest/Reflect/Prepare– How did this year go for you on the course? What were the highs and the lows? Where is the opportunity to improve? Put a plan in place to play your best golf yet. The most successful people in life are the ones that consistently strive to improve their process. Nothing gets in the way of them achieving their goals. What are you going to do daily to be the best you can be? You don’t have to spend a ton of time per day but you need to attack your process wisely. You think the best players in the world don’t have a process?
- Improve Your Strength and Conditioning– There is no doubt that distance is the name of the game. 6 irons don’t beat PW we all know that. But there is more to it than that. Being able to support and stabilize the club through impact is crucial. Students come to me either UN wound like a top of not moving their lower half at all. Both need major work on their ability to control the legs and core. There are various ways to improve this I love all squats deadlift lunges and box jumps. Box jumps are the best because you are using the ground for power and having to stick you finish just like the golf swing. Develop a process that will allow you to get faster but at the same time improve your ability to deliver the club consistently to the back of the ball.
- Mirror work and Swings– I’m consistently telling all my students 100 swings a day if you want to be good and way more than that if you want to be great! You don’t have to be on a driving range in 85 degree weather to improve your golf swing. The more times you swing the faster your body will understand how to swing the weight of the club in sync. You can do weighted clubs pivot swings one arm swings you name it. The goal is to be able to feel where the club is and understand where it’s hitting the ground and the clubface. My favorite way to work on swings is at a 10 percent move. Making sure at no time does the club speed up. This really makes you keep everything in order to deliver the club efficiently. If you can’t do it in slow motion there is now way to do it at full speed. What about this routine. 25 two hands 25 right hand 25 left hand and 25 pivot swings. Do that daily and I guarantee you will become a better ball striker.
- Tournament Golf– It doesn’t matter how often we work it’s imperative that we tee it up in tournaments. If you look at the best players around the area from Kingsport to Knoxville I guarantee their tournament appearances are extremely high. They have failed over and over. Got out of the car prepared to play played and went back to work. We all need more tournaments against better competition! Find an event this winter that allows you to get after it and get the butterflies out. The more you do that and stick to your winter routine the more prepared you will be. If you want it bad enough you will figure it out!!