Posts tagged ‘Game Improvement’

April 2, 2013

Back from Pinehurst and Back to Work!

I am officially back from my trip down to Pinehurst and back at the desk. It is tough coming back to chilly Chicago after six days on the course in nice weather, but it is inevitable for us cube monkeys who don’t live in the ideal golf climate. The trip down south produced a few things I really liked and a few things I really didn’t like. Let’s start with the good.

1) My swing is MUCH better than it was last season. The work I have done with Mike Thornburg at Play 18 this off-season has helped a ton. During this trip I hit the ball the best I have ever hit it off the tee and produced some of the better iron shots I have ever hit as well. My irons were a bit less consistent, but the results were noticeably different.

2) My ability to go “Play” golf has improved as well. I did a great job of focusing on each shot as they came and left the worry and stress about my score and the technical aspects of the swing on the range. I shortened up my range warm up sessions in an attempt to not over think the game and just go play and it really helped. The main change I made was that if I hit a club well three times in a row during my warm up I was done with it. That was all the confidence I needed to take to the course.

3) I was surprisingly confident with the putter for not having worked on it much. The take away I had from this was that it is very easy to over think putting. I found that when I was more reactive to each putt I felt more natural as opposed to worrying about technique. There is something to be said for letting go of the concept of control on the greens.

Ok, time for the not so good.

1) My scores did not reflect the way I hit the ball tee to green.

2) My short game is still rusty and needs the most improvement. Part of this was that I practiced a lot with my wedges this off-season and got down to Pinehurst where the lies around the greens are much tighter than I expected and require much more bump and run shots or putting off the green. I was not ready for this at all and was a bit lost in the short game area. I eventually adjusted, but was very disappointed with the short game results.

3) I have a lot more work to do, but feel I am trending in the right direction.

4) Looking back on these rounds I didn’t set any real tangible goals to shoot for and I wish I had. I need to take a good long look at this upcoming season and set some real goals and stick to them.

This weekend could mark the beginning of the Chicago golf season for me even if the weather is still in the 50s. I have the itch to play again and I need to do something about it. Stay tuned as the journey continues!

June 2, 2011

Golf Fitness is the Next Step for my game!

As I continue to work on my game and my swing mechanics I have come to the realization (very late I might add) that I absolutely need to start gearing my workouts specifically for my golf game.  If you haven’t taken the time to peak around Titelist’s TPI site, do yourself a favor and go check it out.  They have tons of free content, videos and drills to help you tweak your fitness to help your game.

For me, I can’t get enough of the workouts that help me improve my upper body and hip flexibility.  All too often I feel myself restricted in my backswing and I know I can improve this for a more fluid swing.  I have been focusing on a lot of band and core drills that have made me feel much looser with my driver swing.  I don’t notice it as much with irons, but my general physical feeling out on the course is much improved.

I know the normal perception of golf is that you don’t have to be in great shape to be good at it.  I will admit that there are a few examples of great golfers who are less than perfect in their physique, but that is changing.  Guys like Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Nick Watney are a new breed of golfer who are very physically fit.  Granted they are following in the foot steps of Tiger who was always a physical specimen of flexibility and power.

I honestly believe that you can greatly improve your game by hitting the gym with a specific golf workout.  I will keep my progress updated both on the course and in the gym as I really dive into this.