Sharpen Your Game In The Off Season

By David BreslowDecember 3, 2008, 5:00 pm
How do I stay sharp when the seasons change and I dont get as much playing time as I'd like?
 
The change of seasons can limit the number of rounds of golf you play or it may reduce them completely depending on where you live. Even though you are not playing as many rounds as you would like during the colder weather, you can still keep your mental game and physical game sharp and productive.
 
Here are some ideas to consider during the winter months:
 
1. VISUALIZE
 
Visualization is a mental rehearsal of your performance and can be practiced whether you are playing or not. By practicing visualization you are imbedding the positive pictures and feelings that produce your best play. Take advantage of this powerful tool you have at your fingertips
 
2. FEEL AND RHYTHM
 
Many golfers swing the golf club at home or in the office! You can use this as an opportunity to practice repeating the rhythm that works best for you. It is most effective when you do it with a purpose. Each swing should be a repetition of the actual swing rhythm you want on the course. One way to do this is to find music that matches your personal swing rhythm and practice the golf swing so that it matches that rhythm time after time. When you hit balls you will find that your body has been trained to repeat that rhythm more consistently.
 
3. DRIVING RANGE
 
Many golfers get out to the driving range even in the dead of winter. There are many driving ranges now that are set up for cold weather play and this is another great way to keep sharp physically and mentally and keep your rhythm at a high level. This is an opportunity to continue developing good rhythm and pace of your golf swing.
 
4. STAY FLEXIBLE
 
Even though youre not playing as many rounds as youd like it is important to keep your body flexible. Find a stretching routine that emphasizes your arms, legs and shoulders and something that works for you and practice it every day to keep your body relaxed and flexible in the off season.
 
5. RELAXATION EXERCISES
 
Opening and relaxing the body is good for your game at anytime! Continue stretching and practice breathing exercises over the off season as this helps you maintain a fluid and rhythmical golf swing. Again, the more relaxed you are, the more energy flows and the more power you give to your golf swing. By practicing this in your down time this helps you hit the ground running when you do begin to play again. The more tension you reduce; the better you play.
 
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To Your Best Golf!
 

 
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