The calendar doesn’t lie; soon you’ll be out on the golf course pursuing the sport you love.
While you anxiously count down the days to your first round in Central Wisconsin, make your waiting time more productive by tuning up your swing.
Here are some simple tips to help your swing be in midseason form from the very first tee.
Get Coaching and a Club Fitting
You may not realize it or admit it, but your clubs may no longer be the right fit for you and your game. A lot can change in a year — your swing, your physique, even your playing style.
Meeting with a club-fitting professional ensures that your gear matches your current needs. During your meeting they should assess your physique, fitness level and game, and determine whether your current clubs align with your play.
But it’s not just the clubs — it’s also about how you use them. A session with a golf coach (or a swing analysis from Wisconsin Performance Institute) can help identify areas in your swing that need tweaking.
Getting a club fitting and swing analysis is like getting a diagnostic check on your car; you need to know what’s working and what’s not.
Work With a Fitness Instructor
Golf is evolving, and fitness is a central part of the game.
You can and should take a page from their book. Meet with a golf-certified physical therapist or fitness instructor to pinpoint areas of weakness or limited flexibility, and work on your swing mechanics. It’s crucial to focus on:
- Strength: Stronger muscles mean more control and power in your swing.
- Stability: Power comes from a grounded foundation. Lower-body stability directly translates into longer drives.
- Flexibility: When you watch top golfers swing, you see the importance of flexibility, particularly in the trunk. It’s hard to have good swing mechanics when your body won’t let you move properly.
- Coordination: The golf swing is a sequence of events. If the sequence isn’t coordinated, the swing is liable to be out of whack.
Most PGA pros work with instructors certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). You can find a TPI-certified expert near you by searching your zip code on TPI’s expert directory. If you’re in central Wisconsin, you’ll find that our very own physical therapist, Ryan Klapper, is TPI-certified.
Practice, Record, Adjust
Finally, practice is non-negotiable. Spend time hitting various shots and working on swing feels.
Here’s a pro tip: record your swings using your smartphone or tablet. This is a game-changer. First, you won’t believe your swing looks the way it does — good or bad — when you see the playback.
Second, as they say, the camera doesn’t lie. Videos let you review your mechanics, adjust, and even share these videos for feedback from your coach, a teaching pro, or the WPI team. It’s about creating a feedback loop that accelerates your improvement.
Videos aren’t a one-and-done thing. Remember to shoot another round of videos post-adjustment and see if anything really changed.
We all reach a point with our game where DIY doesn’t cut it anymore. If you’re there, combining professional guidance with self-analysis and physical conditioning is the next step to making significant improvements in your game. Get fitted, get trained, and get practicing — and get a swing analysis from the Wisconsin Performance Institute. You can improve your game!