Here's Why you should be making more practice swings
Off season is the perfect opportunity to retain or improve your fitness, flexibility, strength and feel through practice swings indoors. Offseason = Preseason.
Now, what exactly is a practice swing? Practice swing occurs when a golfer simulates a stroke with no intention of striking or moving a ball, whereas a practice stroke is made with the intention of striking a ball.
Though golf is not considered a strenuous sport, conditioning your body regularly with cardio-vascular exercise, rotational and flexibility training, as well as your back strength is extremely important. This is because the golf swing puts tremendous pressure on the muscles, joints, shoulders, elbow, wrists, lower back and hip.
Using training tools such as the Smart Golf Club, helps golfers to consistently exercise their technique and form. This includes posture, suppleness of the shoulder turn, striking, power, and accuracy. The Smart Club is essentially a weighted club. The PGA of America recommends swinging a weighted club a few minutes every day to improve strength in your wrists, arms, and to increase your club head speed. The added benefit of Smart Golf is that you can also receive real-time feedback, and review your full-swing in 3D.
Here’s how you can effectively transfer your practice swings on to the green.
There’s a lot of hype around practicing mindfulness, and it’s especially true when you’re training for golf. Mastering a new technique will only occur and last when you are deeply aware of the felt distinction between the “fault” and the “fix” through the entire process of the swing. Overly focusing on one single aspect will affect the result of your full-swing. Therefore, try to take a step-by-step approach to integrate new techniques in your full-swing.
Whichever technique you are working on, make purposeful swings. It’s one thing to recognize your points of improvement and another to reinforce the improvement in to a new motor skill. And the key to this is having the imagery of the correct motion and feeling the correct motion. After that, it’s repeating that motion repetitively until it occurs naturally.
To recap, weighted clubs will condition and improve the strength of your wrists, arms, and club head speed. Regular swing training will help maintain the flexibility of your shoulder muscles, hip rotation and the strength of the core muscles in your stomach. And finally, practicing mindfulness as you train and play will result in long-term improvement.
Offseason = preseason.