By The Modern Golfer
May 23, 2011
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Golf is best described as perpetual practice and mental conditioning.  Every time you swing a golf club you are really practicing your swing and improving your mental concentration. Nobody, and especially no golfer, is perfect.  So naturally there is always room for improvement in your game.  With every round and practice session really being a skill building effort, you should maintain healthy training habits for greater success and less injures.  Here are a few healthy golf training tips, and some that don’t even require leaving your home.

Healthy Golf Training Tips:

Train with a golf professional : Taking lessons from a teaching professional, instead of a friend or learning on your own, is really the best way to learn the game. Teaching pros will be able to accurately evaluate your golf swing and can quickly show you how to improve your errors. They will also be able to help correct your stance, grip, takeaway, down swing, and follow-through. Now if you can’t afford lessons with a professional, there are many training aids available to help better your game. One example is the Taylor Made TR3 SpeedStik Swing Training Aid. It helps in developing and conditioning those much needed muscles used for strength of swing as well as swing speed along with correcting step out-to-in or over-the-top swings. It also has a speed meter that measures from 60 to 140 mph for instant feedback.

Practice at the driving range : The farther you can hit the ball the better potential you have for your golf score to be lower. If you can’t make it to the driving range consistently then look into the Deluxe Practice Balls by ProActive which are available in a convenient 12 pack. At only $3.99 for a 12 pack, these plastic golf balls are a great product to use to practice your drive in your back yard without having to worry about damaging anything. The best part about this product is the price. With such a low price point you won’t have to worry about losing one.  Don’t have a backyard worthy of golf practice?  Don’t worry.  For indoor (and outdoor) use, Callaway Golf has a unique training bag for practicing ball impact. It encourages a flat wrist and promotes a square clubface at impact.

Exercise : Exercising is a must when you are an active golfer, so you need to be in top shape for the golfing season. Working on keeping limber with stretches are key because your body must twist and turn as you swing your club.  Another reason you want to be in your best shape is because during a typical 18 hole round you will most likely walk more than 3 ½ miles.

Increase flexibility : Many golf related injuries can be avoided with simple 15-minute stretching before each round or driving range practice. It is crucial to stretch your lower back, hips, shoulders and upper torso. Sometimes golf courses have spa services available on-site. It may be a good idea before tee time to make an appointment with a certified specialist to ease any tense muscles.

Examine your mental approach : One of the most important aspects of your golf swing is timing. Instead of rushing your swing, concentrate on it. A great way to work on concentrating while practicing your swing is evaluating your mental approach. You need to have a clear mind while playing golf because your mind controls your body.  If you are feeling guilty about the yard work you should be doing that Saturday or thinking more about the upcoming meeting at work rather than focusing on what is important on the golf course, then your game will reflect that. If you can use mental training techniques and try to clear your mind of other thoughts and only focus on golf while practicing and playing the game you can dramatically improve your score.

Practice short game : In order to compete effectively, you need to have a good chip and putt. Good news is that you can practice this anywhere – at home, in the office, or den. A few minutes every day is very helpful.

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