You meet all sorts of people of all ages out on the golf course. If you’ve noticed a number of retirees playing, and are envious of their ability, you might be wondering how they have stayed so good for so long. You’re pretty convinced they could outplay even some of the younger players on the course.
If you ask a retiree how to improve your golf swing, they may be willing to give you a few pointers. Here, some golf techniques and tips will be offered based on not only what some retirees had to say, but observation and science, as well.
As You Age, Improve, Stay Consistent, and Pay Attention to Physical Fitness
Every now and then, you may have a little trouble swinging that club. Some days you feel like you’re lucky just to get on the green. You know what they say, however, practice makes perfect.
- Stay Flexible: You might consider stretching before you embark on the exercise of golf. If you keep a good, consistent range of motion – and keep your muscles strong and healthy – it will be easier to swing that club and walk the course.
- Relaxation: This is supposed to be a relaxing sport. Try not to get agitated when things don’t go well. Learn how to relax your elbows, hands, and wrists. Keep your legs strong, as well.
- Weight Distribution: It’s important to position your weight forward. Something that also may affect your consistency is the proper wrist position.
- Speaking of Wrist Position: You should always be aware of how you are holding your golf club. Your trail wrist should be cupped or bent, and your lead wrist should be flat. Before you even hit the ball, the club might hit the ground if those two factors aren’t in place.
Never Stop Improving
You may have seen lots of videos, read blogs, watched golf tournaments, or caught an instructional program at a nearby golf course. You may think you know the game of golf up and down, inside and out. Through the years, however, no matter how good you used to be or how you used to accomplish great golf play, as you age, you’ll need to make some adjustments. What’s more, it’s never, ever, too late to improve.
- Don’t Push Too Hard: As suggested, you’re sneaking into your golden years, so keep in mind the fact you may not have the strength, stamina, eye-sight, etc. that you used to possess. Never push yourself too hard. Staying as physically fit as possible off the course will help you on the course. Eat right, get enough sleep, and stay physically active as much as possible. If something hurts significantly, it might be time to call it a day and head back home for some R&R.
- Stretch Before Play: As mentioned earlier, stretching before you attempt playing golf isn’t a bad idea. Get your muscles and joints ready with a 10-minute stretch.
- Modification of Equipment: There are hybrids out there that can help your golf game as you enter your retirement years.
Golf with Friends from Your Independent Living Community
In our Independent Living community, you’re bound to find new golf partners. We would be shocked, in fact, if you didn’t. Drive yourself and your new golf pals to a nearby course or have our concierge book you a tee time and use our complimentary transportation service to get to and from the course. Afterward, relax with a delicious dinner in the dining room or cook up your favorite meal. To find out what we are truly all about, call us or schedule a tour of our community now.