If you live in the Midwest, you already know that now is not the most ideal time to play golf. Nonetheless, these off-season months are some of the most important in keeping up your game. Following a few guidelines will ensure that you are in tip-top shape next time you step on the course.
Maintain healthy habits
Regular cardiovascular and strength training is imperative in staying energized during a game. Walking on the treadmill or using an elliptical for 30 to 40 minutes just four times per week can greatly improve your game and overall health. In addition to regular cardio exercise, start a weight-lifting routine that will keep increase flexibility and maintain strength. Dr. Maxwell offers specialized exercise programs tailored for golfers to improve physical performance on the course.
All serious golfers know that the game is equally a mental challenge as it is physical. Staying sharp, alert and focused now will directly translate to how you play in the future. A helpful article on Golf Digest provides tips for staying focused and confident both on and off the course.
There’s no need to bear the brutal weather just to get in a little practice. Putting or chipping on an open, carpeted area is a good place to start. The friction and surface is similar to a green or fairway and will help you maintain your skill set.
Watch in the Mirror
Practicing your swing in the mirror will give you an opportunity to assess your posture and stance. Write down your strengths and weaknesses, and evaluate what you’d like to start improving before spring rolls around. Choose one or two goals on which you’d like to focus, and create a plan to accomplish those goals next time you’re ready to play.
The perfect swing is not accomplished solely during the months you’re on the course. A healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally, along with exercises that promote positive posture and swing behavior are key in improving your game. Don’t let time slip away. Consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Maxwell for more information on both individual sessions and tailored packages that will help you stay in shape for the upcoming season.