Golfers who have played and enjoyed the game for many years are not about to give it up just because of daily joint pain and muscle soreness! Senior golfers know the physical and mental benefits of the game and plan to keep going. The walkers out there get an extra bump in physical activity since walking the average 6,600 yard course would take an average 11,000 steps. This is about 1,000 more steps than health officials recommended we walk every day. Other added health benefits are being with friends, and enjoying the occasional laughing with and at your buddies. Playing on a regular basis also challenges mental and physical requirement to do your best keeping you competitive with the other senior golfers in your foursome. One must maintain flexibility, muscle tone and balance.
Senior golfers have discovered that turning the front foot at least 45 degrees toward the target makes it easier to shift weight forward while completing the follow through. Golfers with hip issues have difficulty shifting weight to their rear foot while turning the body during the back swing. This turning motion in the back swing causes hip pain in some golfers. A simple foot adjustment can also eliminate hip pain. Turning the rear foot away from the target approximately 45 degrees enables the golfer to coil during the back swing, but with the rear foot turned away from the target less pressure is placed on the hip joint. The amount of torque is slightly reduced creating less power, but the trade off is good because less pain equals playing more golf!
We all started playing the same; hit the ball as hard as possible because that will prove to everyone watching how strong you are. “Grip it and rip it!!”
Practice was never on the putting green but always at the driving range. I would hit two large buckets of balls, some good some bad, but as I got tired I was not helping my swing because the tired, incomplete swing mechanics were being reinforced. Leaving the range I would be tired and frustrated. As I passed the putting green I never even consider practicing my putts, even though half of the score occurs on the green!
Senior golfers know the limitations of their game and instead of trying to hit the booming drive, just focus on being in the fairway somewhere close to the 150 yard marker. Then focus on the iron shot into the green. Practicing iron shots 150 yards out will hone that skill and have you on in regulation. As your iron precision improves you will be closer to the hole, sinking more birdie putts!!
Continue going to the range, but after hitting a few balls with the driver, focus on hitting iron shots to a specific target. Practicing more iron shots will give you the distance, accuracy and the confidence needed to place your second shot close to the pin!
Transferring Weight to the Front Foot
Transferring weight to the front foot prior to striking the ball delivers maximum power with the least amount of energy.
We have all hit those wonderful shots that just seem to happen, just a smooth swing and complete follow thorough. When you analyze the mechanics of your pure swing you will discover the solid strike occurred because your weight was firmly planted on the front foot prior to the strike. Many golf instructors have their students hit balls with the 9 to 3 swing. This simple exercise will have you concentrating on shifting weight forward and hitting down and through the ball. This exercise will improve the muscle memory needed to shift weight forward more consistently!
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