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How to Make the Most Out of Your Golf Lesson
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How to Make the Most Out of Your Golf Lesson

How to Make the Most Out of Your Golf Lesson

Golf Lesson The idea that golf is a game for retirees is untrue. The largest share of American golfers in 2017 was people between the ages of 6 and 34. They make up 69% of all golfers.

No matter your age, if you are interested in golf lessons, there are a few things you should know. Read on for what to expect from golf lessons and what you can do to get the most out of them.  

Set Golfing Goals

There are many reasons why you want to take golf lessons. You may want to compete, learn to play for social enjoyment or some other reason.

Before you seek out golf instructors, you should think about why you want golf lessons and what you hope to get out of them.

This will help you narrow down your search for a golf instructor. And it will help him or her tailor the lessons to your goals.  

Find the Right Golf Instructor

Finding a golf coach may take some time. You should interview each potential instructor either in person or on the phone to see if he or she is a good fit for you. 

This short chat will give you a good sense of the instructor’s personality. It’s also your chance to ask questions about scheduling, cost, group, and private lessons and so on. 

At the end of the day, you should choose an instructor that suits your needs. Check out the golf clubs in your area. Ideally, you want an instructor that is located near you

And you need to find someone whose personality fits your own. This will make the lessons fun and enjoyable. 

Come to Your First Lesson Prepared

Arrive at your first lesson early. Wear comfortable clothes and have your visor, glove, and water bottle. 

Take time to stretch and loosen up. Hit a few balls to warm up. 

You may want to come with a set of questions or topics that you want to address. 

Make sure to bring your whole set of clubs if you own a set. If not, provide advance notice to your instructor so that he or she can provide the equipment you’ll need. 

Bring a golf journal to keep track of what you learned, key takeaways and your action plan for moving forward.

During the Lesson

You can expect your first lesson to be a mini-interview. Answer questions truthfully. 

Don’t tell your instructor what’s wrong with your swing. Instead, talk about what’s been going wrong. A good golf instructor will be able to tell what’s wrong with your swing by the third shot. But explaining to the pro what’s been happening to your golf ball is helpful.

You don’t need to impress your instructor. Instead be open about how often you play and what you find difficult. This will make your lesson much more productive.

There’s no shame in not understanding some of the golf jargon. Get what you are paying for and ask questions.

Make sure you understand what you are asked to do and why. 

During your lesson, keep an open mind. Let go of assumptions about techniques and what “should” happen during this instruction time. 

Be open to your golf instructor’s advice and his or her expertise. Try what your coach recommends and see what happens.

You may be surprised to see that it really does work! 

Also, when you are working on technique, exaggerate the new motion pattern. This will help your coach fine-tune any corrections. And it will help you solidify the feelings of the new movement.

At The End of The Session

Once you are at the end of your lesson, ask your golf instructor for feedback. 

Get your instructor to help you summarize what you learned during the session and what one or two items you should focus on now.

It’s easy to forget something important that came up during a lesson. If you write it down, you won’t forget. And it helps cement the vast amount of new information in your memory.

At the end of your golf lesson, you should expect your coach to give you some practice assignments. If he or she doesn’t offer any, ask for it.

Think of this as homeplay instead of homework. And remember that quality, not quantity is the goal here. 

Practice As Soon As Possible

The sooner you can get practicing what you learned during a lesson, the better. Do it immediately after your session if you can.

Practice the drills and motion swings that your golf instructor gave you to cement how to do them right. Otherwise, you can show up at your next lesson and are no further ahead. That is a waste of your time and money.

You want to improve each time you have a golf lesson. And that can only happen if you practice in between sessions.

Making changes to your swing can be hard. Mainly, your coach wants you to get a new feeling down.

That means that you will be outside your comfort zone during practice. That’s OK. In fact, that’s a good thing.

You don’t want to slide back into your comfortable (and unproductive) swing style. That would be counterproductive to your learning journey.

During your practice time, have a positive attitude. Realize that you won’t miraculously be a PGA tour player overnight.

Set realistic goals that are within your reach. Work hard at them. When you reach those, repeat the process with more goals.  

Final Thoughts on Golf Lessons

Thanks for reading. We hope you found these tips for getting the most out of your golf lessons useful. 

Remember, golf is meant to be recreation. If you are stressed about your golf lessons, you are missing the biggest element of golf – having fun.

With some quality instruction, you can improve your skills and get even more enjoyment out of the game.

Your Essential Guide to Types of Golf Clubs
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Your Essential Guide to Types of Golf Clubs

Your Essential Guide to Types of Golf Clubs

Essential Guide Not everyone can be Tiger Woods and that’s ok. No one says you have to be a professional to enjoy a day out on the links.

Did you know that 9.6 percent of the US population plays golf? To some people, it’s relaxing, especially in the morning. They get plenty of fresh air, a little exercise and they don’t feel rushed.

You can spend an entire day being on the course. Before you even tee off on hole #1, do you have all the necessary golf clubs to get you out of a jam? If you’re not sure which ones you’ll need, we’ve got you covered!

The Driver

You don’t want to leave home without this particular club. The driver aka the wood is used to hit long shots. Basically, this is what you’re going to tee off with. The 3 wood averages about 210 yards for men and about 180 for women. You’ll definitely get some distance with this. Just hold it steady and make sure you factor in the wind. You might think you’re driving straight and then BLOP, right in the sand trap.

Hybrids Are In

This club is a combination of a fairway wood head and an iron shaft. They’ve been called “the best of both worlds.” In fact, many pros have swapped out their irons for a hybrid club. Why? Distance. They can get a lot further using a hybrid club rather than a 3 or 4 iron.

Irons

You’ve probably seen Tiger use an iron when he’s about 200 yards away from the green. The closer he is to the green, the higher the iron he’s going to use. A standard set of irons consist of 3,4,5,6,7,8,9.

Wedges

There’s the pitching, gap, sand and lob wedge. These are their own type of golf clubs but are also a sub-set of irons because they have the exact same clubhead as an iron. So what are they used for then? Shorter shots like chips and getting out of the sand trap. Whenever you see a golfer getting out of a jam in the sand trap, just look at the little TAP they give the ball to get out. That’s the wedge.

Putters

Ah, the putter, the club that’s used at the miniature golf course where you won that free game. Putters come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They’re used for, well, putting! It’s best not to take advice from Happy Gilmore because you might get kicked off the course. What Golf Clubs to Carry in Your Bag If you’re a beginner, its best to keep the minimum – one set of irons, a couple hybrids, some wedges, a couple drivers and a variety of putters. You’ll get comfortable with each club as time goes on. Don’t forget, you have to factor in the weather. You don’t want to swing so hard in the wind because then the ball will just float.

Get the Foursome Together

We here at The Golf Club of the Everglades want to make sure you have the best-golfing experience possible. In addition to our beautiful course here in Fort Myers, members can receive reciprocal golf privileges at more than 20 other courses in our family! So get in touch with us today to help schedule your tee time!

7 Tips for Getting Out of the Sand Trap
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7 Tips for Getting Out of the Sand Trap

7 Tips for Getting Out of the Sand Trap

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If your strategy for sand traps is to completely avoid them, then you may want to reevaluate your approach! Even the professionals can’t avoid them. Getting out of the sand trap can be one of the hardest shots to master in golf. From beginners to the professional, many golfers have a difficult time with bunker shots. Getting the right loft, spin, and impact on the ball can be tricky and can negatively impact your score. Instead of trying to avoid the shot altogether, prepare yourself instead. If you’re looking to improve your sand trap game, keep reading for 7 tips for hitting a successful bunker shot. Everything from your club choice to your set-up and attitude will all have an impact on your success. With these tips, you will be able to approach your next sand shot with confidence and ease and help improve your score as well.

1. Choose the Right Club

Choosing the right club will be your first decision when approaching your shot. Base your choice on where you are positioned in relation to the green. If you have a small amount of green to work with between you and the hole, use a high loft wedge. If you have more green to work with, choose a lower loft wedge. The solution to hitting out of a bunker on the fairway is to hit more club. You will hit this similar to a greenside shot, but the using more club with allow you to get more distance.

2. Take the Right Set Up

Set up by grounding your feet into the sand. This will not only help you get a feel for what the sand is like but also give you a solid base. Next, it’s important to play the ball off of your front foot. Setting up this way will help increase the trajectory of the ball. There may be situations when hitting a lower trajectory shot may be necessary, but playing it forward is a good rule of thumb. With the ball in the right position, it’s time to open your stance and your club face. You can do this by aiming slightly to the left and opening your club face by 2-3 degrees. Lastly, distribute your weight so that 80% of your weight is on your front foot and 20% is on your back foot. The distribution of weight is what helps create a nice splash in the sand and give your ball backspin as you hit it. You want to avoid shifting your weight back and forth like you would in a normal swing.

3. The Right Grip

The right grip is another important aspect to a good bunker shot. Approach your shot with soft arms and a weak grip. A weak grip doesn’t mean you hold the club with less pressure, but it actually refers to the release of the hinge in your wrists. Using a weak grip allows an earlier release of the wrist hinge. This causes the ball to go higher and to stop faster on the green.

4. Make the Right Swing

Now that you’ve got your set up down, it’s time to focus on your swing. You want to have an outside-in swing pattern, using a slight wrist bend at the top of your swing. How far back you bring the club will depend totally on the distance you are wanting to hit the ball. This swing pattern helps with the loft of the ball and allows your shot to be high and soft.

5. Follow Through

Because you’re not shifting your weight back and forth as you would in a normal shot, you want to pay extra attention to your follow through. With sand shots, you will have to stay down longer and make a nice full follow through. If you decelerate or stop your swing as soon as you hit the ball, your ball won’t go anywhere. You usually want to try to hit slightly behind the ball (or a little fat), which means you will be pulling some sand with your shot. Having a strong follow-through will ensure your shot will have enough power to drive your ball out of the bunker.

6. Have the Right Mindset

Just like many other famous golfers have stated, your mental game is your strongest tool in golf. If you approach your shot with doubts and frustration, that will negatively impact your game. Approach your shots with confidence. Envision where you want the ball to go, and don’t let negative thoughts run through your mind before you are about to hit. There will always be a few bad shots, but allow yourself to move on from them and approach each shot with a clear mind.

7. Practice, Practice, Practice!

Consistent practice is what will help you the most. Like mentioned earlier, instead of trying to avoid bunkers all together, properly prepare yourself instead. Hitting into the sand is inevitable, and practicing on a regular basis will increase your confidence as you approach these difficult shots. While practicing, work on your mindset for each shot as well. Being able to prepare both mentally and physically will help you later on when the pressure is on.

Getting Out of the Sand Trap

While one of the trickiest shots in golf, don’t let hitting out of the sand trap be a stressful experience. With the right set-up and enough practice, you will be able to approach your shots with confidence and ease.

Understanding How to Calculate Your Golf Handicap in 2020
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Understanding How to Calculate Your Golf Handicap in 2020

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Understanding How to Calculate Your Golf Handicap in 2020

If you are new to golf or starting to take your rounds more seriously, understanding your golf handicap is a necessity. Golf handicaps are a number that represents the golfer’s ability based on their previous golf round’s scores. It serves the purpose of comparing your performances with other golf players. For men, your golf handicap is generally between zero and twenty-eight, and, for women, between zero and thirty-six.

Knowing your handicap is a must when a player wants to participate in tournament-style formats. Your handicap is the great equalizer. Many tournaments format their play so that a players handicap is used to score a round. This increases competition and allows players who may not be the strongest golfers a chance to taste victory. But this leads us to a few important questions. What is your handicap, and more importantly, how do you calculate it? 

New handicap calculation changes were introduced in 2020 so we’ll go over what a handicap is, how to calculate your handicap, and what rules changed for 2020.

History of Golf Handicaps

Golf handicap began over 100 years ago and has been in operation ever since. In the previous years, it was known as a hands-on cap, involving three parties: the referee and two players. Later on, they changed the name to handicap in 1850.

Now, your handicap is used to gauge your skill level based on your score compared to a course’s par round. Handicaps are used in tournaments large and small. From a scramble with friends to club championships. 

What Your Handicap Means

Essentially, the lower your golf handicap, the more skilled you are. A player with a handicap of 5 means that the average of this player’s previous  rounds was 5 over par (criteria changed from 5 rounds to 3 rounds starting in 2020). Handicaps are often used to judge how a player performed compared to their average level of play opposed to a straight head-to-head matchup. Handicaps allow players to compete and win against more talented golfers based on how they each played that day.

For example, let us say you and a friend are going to play a 18-hole course with a par of 72. Your friend, with a golf handicap of six, is expected to play 78 strokes, or six over par. While you and your twelve handicap are expected to hit 84 strokes, 12 more over par. Your handicap, in short, is the number of strokes over par you should take in the course of the 18-hole round. In this scenario, let’s say you shoot a 82 and your friend shoots an 80. Technically, your friend shot the lower round, but because you incorporated handicaps (you are -2 and your friend is +2) you are actually the victor! 

How to Calculate Your Golf Handicap in 2020

If you have never played golf, your golf handicap does not exist. When you are ready to create your golf handicap, start by tracking your 9 and 18-hole scores. The scores should be recorded in a scorecard and must be signed by two people: you and the partner accompanying you to the golf game. The signatures are needed to minimize corruption and make your scores real and valid.

Number of Scores Needed to Obtain Handicap Index

As of January 2020, you must submit three 18-holes scores to obtain a handicap index. This can be made from a combination of 9-hole and 18-hole rounds; the handicap index will be revised at the beginning and mid of every month (1st and 15th). This change requires that you submit only three 18-hole scores. The revision to your handicap will be done daily as long as you update your third 18-hole scores before midnight.

Golf Handicap Calculation Changes for 2020

Before 2020, the calculation of course handicap was done using this formula: Handicap Index X Slope rating / 113

The 2020 calculation is done using this new formula: Handicap Index X (Slope rating/113) + (Course Rating-Par)

Notice the changes; the new formula includes course rating minus par. These changes were done to accommodate players who play from different tees. Because they are playing with different benchmarks, there is a need to make handicapping more fair.

The 2020 changes introduce new rules of handicapping, and it represents the strokes players receive in a competition. Therefore, the new formula for playing handicaps is the course handicap X handicap allowance. This new change introduces two new rules for handicapping that are: you will be allowed to use course handicaps to adjust your scores, and secondly, playing handicaps will be used for net competition purposes.

Course Handicap Calculation Formula

There are several apps or programs you can sign up for that will calculate your handicap for you, but if you like to do things the old fashion way, here is a complete breakdown in calculating your own course handicap. 

The calculation of handicap is based on several elements. Some of these elements include the slope rating, course handicap and the adjusted gross scores. Other factors that can be considered include the handicap index of the game, its associated handicap differential as well as the course rating. 

Step 1 – You need to change the gross scores into adjusted total score

To get adjusted gross scores, use the USGA’s equitable stroke control. Use the ESC downwards while adjusting the individual 18-hole scores to create a golf handicap. According to ESC, you are restricted to the maximum number of strokes you can enter in a given hole. The maximum can be obtained from the table below

Course HandicapMaximum Score
Nine or lessDouble bogey
10-197
20-298
30-399
40 and above10

Step 2: Calculate the differential in handicap for each score

It would be best if you used this formula to calculate the handicap differential.

Handicap differential = (Adjusted Gross Score-rating of the course) X 113 / Course slope ratings.

The course rating is simply the scores of a new golfer on a normal course under a normal playing condition. Slope rating is the rating of 113 for a course based on the standard difficulty.

Step 3: Select the lowest handicap differential

Select your best, or lowest, handicap differential. In case you have entered more than 20 scores, the top 10 differentials of your 20 most current scores will be used for the calculation.

Step 4: Calculating the average of the smallest value from the differentials

If you have 10 handicap differentials available, calculate the average for the lowest 3 HDs. For 15 HDs calculate the average for the lowest 6. Once you have at least 20 scores, always use the 10 best from the most recent 20 scores.

Step 5: Multiplying the average of handicap differentials by 96%

The fifth step involves determining the average from net handicap differentials by multiplying the average differential by 0.96.

Step 6: Truncating, deleting the number to the value of right of tenths

Do not round off any figure in the scores. USGA states that the default maximum number from any handicap index in a golf match should be 40.4 for women and 36.4 for men if played on an 18-hole course. On the 9-hole course, it should be 18.2 for men and 20.2 for women. For example, if the handicap differential average is 13.196 after multiplication by 0.96, the truncated value will be 13.1.

Step 7: Calculate the course handicap

A course handicap is the number of strokes a player receives on a particular course.

Course handicap = Handicap Index X Slope Rating/113 + (Course Rating-Par)

Example: This course handicap calculation assumes a 12.7 and a course slope of 115

Course Handicap = 12.7 x 115 / 113 = 12.92 = 13

How to Improve Your Handicap

Now that you know your golf handicap, and are determined to improve it, what do you need? Here are a few tips to help you improve your handicap:

  • Improve your swing – Improve your swing by practicing early and often. If you need professional help, look into personal golf lessons at Golf Club of the Everglades
  • Ensure your equipment is perfect – Ill fitted equipment could affect your game and increase the risk of injury. 
  • Push yourself – Always aim to set new records every time you play.
An Overview of the Different Types of Golf Clubs
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An Overview of the Different Types of Golf Clubs

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You went on a golfing trip with a few of your friends recently and enjoyed yourself. You’re thinking that you’ve found your new hobby. Once you learn how to play that is.

The first step to learning how to play golf is picking up your equipment. There’s a lot of stuff that you’ll need but nothing is more important than your clubs. Choosing from the different types of golf clubs available to you can be confusing.

That’s why we’re here to clear things up. Check out this guide to learn more about the different types of clubs so you can have your own set the next time you hit the golf course.

Woods 

Woods come complete with your driver and fairway woods. This category of clubs is called woods even though none of the clubheads are made out of wood anymore. Today, most of them are created out of titanium or steel.

Speaking of clubheads, woods have the largest ones. They’re hollow with long shafts which makes them lightweight and easy to swing around. They’re used for making killer long shots and allow the player to hit the ball the hardest. 

Irons

Irons are numbered 3-iron through 9-iron. What number you use depends on the kind of shot that you’re trying to make. There are short irons, long irons, and middle irons. 

Even the long irons are mostly used for shots that are less than 200 yards away. Long irons are also a bit hard to use because they don’t have much loft. Meaning that they have the habit of making the ball bounce way too much. 

When compared to woods, their clubheads are much smaller and a lot thinner. They’re also usually solid, though you can buy some that are hallowed. 

Hybrids 

Hybrids are the newest type of golf clubs to pop up on the market. They are a cross between woods and iron. They allow you to take advantage of the best features of both types without having to worry about the negatives. 

If you’re just starting out, it’s a good idea to swap out all of your irons for hybrids as they are the best clubs for beginners. The design makes it easier to hit the ball and they allow for a little wiggle room if you don’t hit the ball as straight as you would like. 

Wedges 

Next up on the list is wedges. They are a subset of irons that allow for accurate, low-distance shots. There are four different types of wedges that can pull you out of any problem situation that you may find yourself in when you’re on the green. 

Pitching Wedges

Out of all the different types of wedges, you’ll use the pitching one the most. A lot of the time these wedges are used for approach shots but many golfers use them for chip shots as well. 

They can make between a 50 to a 120-yard shot and have the least amount of bounce out of all the different types of wedges. 

Gap Wedges 

You can use a pitching wedge to hit 120 yards and a sand wedge to hit 90 yards but what if you need to hit 100 yards? You’ll have to hold back a bit if you use the pitch wedge or go full force if you use the sand wedge. 

That’s what the gab wedge is for. It’s there to bridge the gaps between the other types of wedges. Gap wedges tend to have a lot more loft than pitching wedges and can be used in a lot of specific circumstances. 

Sand Wedges 

Sand wedges are made to have a ton of loft so you can really get the ball into the air. This makes them useful for getting balls out of  sand traps but you can also use them for fairway or rough shots. 

Lob Wedges 

Out of all the different types of wedges, lob wedges have the most loft. This makes them useful if you happen to get your ball stuck in a deep rough. The loft wedge will be able to knock the ball into the air quickly and allow you to get it back onto the green where it belongs. 

Putters 

The game is almost over. You’ve got the ball so close to the hole that you can taste the par. That means that it’s time to pull the putter out of your bag. 

The putter is the most specialized type of club in your bag. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but no matter which one you get, the function is still the same. They are made to put the ball in the hole when the game is at its end. 

Your putter is the club that you’ll be using the most so it’s important that you’re using one that you’re comfortable with. Always try out the putter in the store before you commit to a purchase. 

Take a look at the length. One of the biggest mistakes beginner golfers make is using a putter that’s too long for them.

Let your arms hang down by your side and ask someone to measure the distance between the floor and the tops of your hands. That’s the height that you should be looking for. 

Different Types of Golf Clubs to Familiarize Yourself With 

If you want to be at the top of your golfing game, you’re going to need the right equipment. This starts by familiarizing yourself with the different types of golf clubs and choosing the right set for you.

This process can be a little confusing but remember not all clubs are built the same. What’s right for someone else may not work for you. Always test before you buy. 

Once you find the right golf clubs it’s time to break them in and get a little bit of practice. Contact us to ask about our golf club memberships. 

12 At-Home Exercises To Improve Your Golf Game
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12 At-Home Exercises To Improve Your Golf Game

12 At-Home Exercises To Improve Your Golf Game

12 At-Home Exercises To Improve Your Golf Game

Exercising away from the golf course is a great way to improve when you are on it. With American’s currently spending more time at home than ever before, staying active has never been so important. What follows are 12 exercises to get and keep your mind and body in shape for your next tee time at the Golf Club of the Everglades!

Cat Camels

You can improve mobilization in the spine while increasing strength in your hip and lower back with this one. It can aid in your posture and will improve rotation through your swing.

Get down on all fours and keep your knees under your hips and your hands below your shoulders. Make sure your head raises up and tailbone sticks out as you sink your back in the cat phase. Lower your head and tailbone when you arch your back in the camel phase.

Core Rotations With Weight

Building up your abs not only gives you a solid core, but it also gives you extra strength for a more powerful swing. This exercise helps promote good posture and flexibility while also decreasing the odds of injury.

You can use anything from a one-pound hand weight to a heavy medicine ball. While sitting on the floor with bent knees and your feet hovering above the ground, hold your weight in front of your chest with bent elbows rotating at the waist to both sides evenly. Keeping your feet elevated will help isolate the rectus abdominis for the best results possible.

Hand Walks

Golf is a game of repetitive movements, with you swinging from one side of your body many times throughout a round. This can lead to issues like tennis elbow. Preventative exercises keep you playing, which improves your game.

This exercise has you bending over so that your hands and feet are touching the ground. You walk your hands out into a push-up pose and then walk your feet towards your hands, stopping when you feel a good stretch.

Standard Push-Ups

This traditional exercise, if done correctly, requires input from and strength from many parts of your body. It is a great way to build up strength and helps with stability in your core region, such as your hips.

Keep your hands under your shoulders and your feet spread about shoulder’s width apart. Lowering your body to just above the floor and back up in a controlled motion. To enhance this exercise, squeeze your core muscles before you move to the top of the move.

The Body Turn

This is a fantastic way to build flexibility in your backswing. If done properly, you should give your trailing shoulder a nice stretch, along with the back muscles around it. You can also use this for a warm-up before a round.

Use a club so you can reach as far as possible. Keep the head of the club in the palm of your trailing hand with the fingers open as you go through your swing rotating only your hips.

The Glute Bridge

If you are looking to work the muscles you are usually sitting on throughout the day, this might be the exercise for you. This key part of your core is often overlooked and it aids in stabilizing your pelvis.

With your upper back on the floor and your hips in the air, keep your knees at 90-degrees and your feet flat. A trick people use is to place a rolled-up towel between their legs. Press your hips towards the sky until just your shoulders and feet are touching the ground and hold for 30-60 seconds. 

The Dead Bug

This simple exercise will strengthen your core, especially the spine and lower back muscles. You will be able to more effectively transfer energy from your lower to the upper body. It can also help to relieve lower back pain.

Make sure to keep your back flat against the ground, keeping your hips and lower back motionless. Once in position, go through the motions by simultaneously lifting your left arm/right leg then your right arm/left leg.

The Pelvis Rotation

Watching a great golf swing, you will notice that the player is able to really move their hips separately from their upper body. By stretching your torso muscles, you are able to build-up energy that transfers into your swing.

Use your club to help keep your upper body straight as you move your hips. Keep your feet planted firmly and focus on isolating your hips as you move from center towards one side and then the other.

The Side Step-Up

Looking for added core support that focuses on the upper legs? This exercise will help develop more hip stability that can aid in transferring power to your upper body during the swing.

Start off with a bench or step no higher than eight inches. If you raise your toe on the lower foot it will force the leg on the platform to lift your entire weight. Make sure to completely straighten your leg as you lift.

The Sword Draw

While this may benefit your base, it is your shoulders that really get the workout here. Keeping your golf posture and moving slowly will provide the best results and add to your shoulder’s rotational range.

Use a light hand-weight to offer some resistance as you move. Stay focused on your stance so that you don’t fall out of it. Start with the weight in your right hand with the weight hovering above the left side of your hip. Raise your slightly bent arm so that it crosses your body and is perpendicular to the ground. Pause as you reach the apex with the weight, just as you would with a club. Switch arms and repeat. 

The Split-Squat

This exercise works each leg, strengthening one while stretching the other. This will help your mobility as well as your balance, both of which are important to a golfer. It also stretches the pelvis and lower back and can help relieve aches in these areas.

You can kneel with the front foot flat and the back knee on the ground. Standing, pausing, and squatting works through the motions here. Use the wall or a chair to help to maintain your balance.

90/90 Shoulder Stretch

You will improve your shoulder range, helping to increase your swing rotation, power, and speed. This exercise will also increase your ability to move your shoulders separately from your hips.

While standing in a doorframe or the end of a wall, lift your arm so that your elbow is bent at 90 degrees and your bicep is perpendicular to the ground. Place your arm squarely against the wall while lightly pushing forward with your body. Switch arms and repeat.

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