I read somewhere that Ben Hogan advocated drinking ginger beer before playing, as it increased sensitivity in his fingertips. I dismissed this for years, thinking “what does this have to do with the golf swing or golf tuition?”.
This exercise is very easy to cheat on, so much attention to detail is vital. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin!
It is vitally important to stretch (even my own cats do that when getting up.). Now I am not saying that you have to be a trained athlete unless you are performing at the top level, and even some of those are not, but more and more of them spend time in the gym.
Certainly, if you are fit, then concentration is a lot easier.
Now this is a vast, vast area that I am certainly not qualified to talk at length on, but it is another area in golf tuition that is not talked about nearly enough, unless you are playing for a living.
However, I will give some advice that I have learnt over the years.
Now I don’t care if you are a tour pro or a 24 handicapper, if you can’t have fun on the golf course, go do something else. No amount of golf tuition can make you have fun.
I can’t tell you who will win as I stand on the practice ground of a tournament, but I sure can tell you who won’t. Colin Montgomerie, probably the best golfer to never win a Major, never worked on his swing during a tournament. That was reserved for when he was away from playing tournaments.
Flexibility and strength training are vital and this does not have to be costly. I cannot recommend highly enough the powerballs that are available through this website, they are tremendous for both.
However, there are plenty of other ways to get fit. I am a fan of the Rocky movies, especially the one where Stallone is preparing to fight Dolf Lundgren. Dolf is being prepared with all the latest high tech equipment, whilst Stallone is in a barn utilizing what it around him.
It is much easier to write blogs about golf tuition when it is cold and raining outside, but as I write today, there is not a cloud in the sky. Having played golf for nearly 50 years (I started very, very young), I still can’t wait to get out there.
However, discipline is paramount to success in anything, so here goes.
This is a very important question.
People play for all sorts of different reasons. However, I believe the most important answer is – because I enjoy it!
It’s good to remind yourself of that from time to time. I have seen so many on the course that, to watch them, you’d think they were doing hard labour, and the game has become a chore.
For a small investment you can buy some wrist exercisers. When using them, however, it is important that you use them correctly. If you just pump away at them, all you will do is build up strength, but it will limit flexibility, so the best way is close it and then flex the wrist, this will build both.