Spring is a time when bare trees sprout leaves and flowers blossom. Our golf games can do the same and, with the following action steps, your golf game will bloom better than last year.
1. Walk with long strides and swing your arms while rotating your upper body. Feel the stretch. Climb stairs whenever you get a chance.
2. Throw a ball. Staying loose and starting slow, hold the ball softly allowing the arms and wrist to hinge and unhinge, which creates more release and speed. This mimics what you do in golf—letting the wrist hinge or cock in the backswing and, as you downswing properly, the wrist naturally unhinges.
3. Play Tennis. The rotation of the core in the serve and forehand are very similar to a golf swing.
4. Watch TV. Watch both ladies’ and men’s golf and imitate what you see. Watch their swings, close your eyes and rehearse it in your imagination; then open your eyes and do it. Find a swing you like and record it with your phone.
5. Follow Doug Weaver on Facebook and review etiquette, rules and technique instruction. Enjoy the beauty of the golf course as you watch!
6. Practice putting in the house. Chip in the yard.
7. Maximize the longer days by going to the practice area after work.
8. Play golf even if the weather is “iffy.” Getting on the course will inspire you.
9. Jack Nicklaus suggests taking a lesson from a seasoned professional who uses the “Keep It Simple” method to make sure you are doing it correctly.
10. Come to my free class on Monday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Be prepared to learn “Where the Power Comes From.”
Written by Doug Weaver, who ranked the number two Instructor in South Carolina by Golf Digest and a former PGA Touring Pro and is the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, leading “Where Does the Power Come From?” a complimentary golf clinic and exhibition on Mondays at 4 p.m. For details and reservations for golf clinics, classes, lessons and on- course instruction, call (843) 785-1138, (800) 827-3006 or visit palmettodunes.com.