Many of you are anxious to get your golf clubs out of the closet and get to the golf course for the first round of the year. A question that may be on your mind is how do I get ready? Since you haven’t swung a club in six months how do you possibly post a good score at the end of the first round? Probably more important, is how can we prevent injury?
Most people consider golf a low level physical activity. They don’t consider the possibility of an injury ever happening to them. However, there is a potential risk of suffering serious injuries. One of the most common areas sustaining injury is the lower back. An injury at the beginning of the season could set you back months. The turning motion of the golf swing places considerable pressure on your body and muscles. Poor flexibility and muscle strength can cause minor strains that can easily become series injuries.
The most important thing to do is start small, starting with the short game, and working your way up to full swings. You want to focus more on regaining your tempo and timing, and short iron swings is a sure way to regain your feel.
If you have ever been to a professional sporting event, take notice how much time the players spend in pre-game warm ups, and how much time they spend stretching. Even the PGA/LPGA Tour has a fitness trailer, where players routinely take part in a physical training program. It is imperative to get your muscles warmed up before any activity, especially after the long winter lay off.
Although the season is just a few weeks away, consider a fitness and stretching program to help prepare you for the start of the golf season. Check back in the next few columns as I go over some different stretching and physical training programs to help you get ready for the season.