Train Your Brain for Better Golfing
We would be willing to bet that every golfer, whether a beginner or long-time player, has had the same exact thought: “I wish I was better at golfing.” If you are having a bad game, or a few bad games, it can be easy to get down on yourself and wish that you had more mental or physical skills on the course. While this feeling is totally normal, it can drastically affect your confidence and overall mentality for future practice rounds or games to come. It turns out that if you truly want to get better at golf, you must train your brain to think in a positive way before you showcase any of your skills on the course. How exactly should you train your brain to become better at golf? Here are a few ways:
- Attention. First, train your brain to focus on your attention-span. Think about times when you are on the course – are you fully attentive to what is going on around you? Are you thinking solely about your shot, or are other thoughts trickling into your mind as you are about to swing? Make sure that whatever you are doing on the course, your attention is 100% there.
- Awareness. Next, train your brain to focus on your awareness. This can mean several things, including your awareness of your stance, your posture, your form and awareness of your overall surroundings. It is important to make sure that your brain is fully aware of your actions throughout each round, as well as any environmental factors that may impact your game.
- Adaptability. A very important thing to train your brain for is its ability to adapt. In both golf and life, there are many times when things just do not go as planned. Train your brain to think on its feet, and always be ready for a new scenario, if needed.
How to be Mentally Tough on the Course
When one thinks of their golf mentor or favorite golf professional, they will often comment on things such as how great their swing is, how perfectly they put, or how often they hit the gym to stay fit for the course. While the physicality of golf is extremely vital and important, the mental health of a golf player is just as, if not more important. Without strong and tough mental health on the course, the golfer would not be able to showcase any physical success. If you are finding yourself lacking in the mental health department throughout your game, here are some tips on how you can stay as mentally tough and fit as possible. Trust us, your game will thank you for it!
- Keep your head up. Everyone can attest to a time where they have had a bad shot, a bad putt or just an overall bad game. Do not let one wrong move, or a few wrong moves, get your head down. Keep your head up and stay ready for the next shot – and remember there is always room for improvement.
- Stay patient. Patience is truly key on the course. Do not feel like you need to rush through any shot. Make sure that your body is lined up with the ball, you are using the correct club and that you are giving yourself the time you need to strategize and feel comfortable and confident taking the shot.
- Think about your body language. Your body language can actually affect your emotional responses on the course more than you would think. Stay upright and focus on your posture – having strong, upright posture showcases confidence, which is exactly how you should emotionally feel throughout your game. Do not tense up your shoulders and keep your body as relaxed as possible. The more tense you physically are, the more tense you will emotionally feel.
Benefits of CBD For Golfers
If you have not already hopped on the CBD train, now is a great time to think about how CBD can benefit you and your personal lifestyle. When it comes to CBD, there are many different ways that you can incorporate it into your daily routine, and various ways that it can help you, depending on the reasons you are taking it. CBD is especially beneficial for athletes – golfers can tremendously benefit for both their game and own personal life. For people who have not experienced the benefits of CBD, you may be a bit skeptical, but it is definitely worth trying out and giving it a shot.
So, what does CBD do for you? Truthfully, the list goes on and on! CBD can help to improve your sleep quality (who doesn’t want that?!), settle your gut, improve your mood and reduce stress. In addition, CBD can help to improve blood flow, protect your brain health and function and, notably for golfers, relieve pain, soreness and stiff joints. CBD is an awesome way to recover from a long day out on the course, not to mention, is extremely easy to incorporate into your life.
With all of these benefits discussed, chances are you are now looking to experience CBD for yourself! Clear your schedule and head to the CBD Center of Rhode Island, located in Johnston, Rhode Island. The center is open 7-days a week and has a huge variety of different CBD options specific to health and wellness. Based on your preference, you can take CBD through creams, gel capsules, or energy shots – and your body will thank you! Check out some of their different health and wellness specific options:
- Bay Grown Farms CBD Topical Cream
- MEDTERRA Wellness Gel Capsules
- LOFTY Pain Cream
- ISODIOL Energy Shots
- ISODIOL Sleep Shots
Benefits of Incorporating Yoga into Your Daily Routine
To be a successful golfer, you need to ensure that your muscles are always growing stronger, but most importantly, resting when they need to. Your muscles are one of your most important assets on the course, so you must not only train them, but stretch them and allow them to recover just as much. A great way to do this is by incorporating yoga into your daily routine, even if it is just for a half-hour or so. Yoga is not only a great way to improve your golf game, but a great way to relax and recover. Check out some of the most important benefits that stem from yoga, and how this can benefit you on the course and personally:
- Better muscular strength. As mentioned, you need strong muscles to be successful on the course. By learning new yoga poses, and learning to steadily hold them, you are building strength in your muscles and teaching your body new ways to move.
- Muscular endurance. For anyone who has practiced yoga before, you know first-hand that some yoga poses are much harder than others. The more you incorporate yoga into your routine, the better endurance you will have to withstand through the poses. The same idea goes for the game of golf – you must have endurance throughout the game and for each golf swing.
- Mobility and stability. On the course, you need to ensure that your body is prepared to move, and that, throughout the entire duration of your swing, your lower body is stable enough to make sure that you are getting the full swing through. Yoga greatly helps impact both your mobility and stability.
- Cardiovascular stamina. Your heart health is absolutely vital to being successful in the game of golf, as well as healthy overall. Getting your heart rate up throughout yoga can help to train your body to be ready for activity on the course. The more yoga you practice, the more stamina your body will eventually have.
Sports You Can Play to Help Develop Golf Skills
The key to be a great golf player is to never stop working on your athleticism and your skills. The more in shape that you are, the better you will be able to perform on the course. In addition to your regular trips to the gym, and participating in golf lessons, did you know that there are several different sports that you can participate in that will not only keep you in shape, but help brush up on your golf skills? Check out some of the most popular sports to play to help become a better golf player:
- Tennis. Playing tennis is great for young children as well as adults and can greatly help to enhance your golf swing! In the game of tennis, the amount of rotational movements that are required will help your forehand with speed, and backhand with opposite rotational movement.
- Baseball. During a baseball game, you are required to be on point to hit a ball that is accelerating directly towards you, as well as use your legs and torso to create power from the ground up. These same skills are required for golfers and are essential for the game.
- Kayaking. To be a successful golfer, you must have a very strong upper body and core, which is required to be able to kayak. Regularly kayaking is an awesome way to get outside and enjoy some beautiful scenery while strengthening your upper body!
- Ice Hockey. While you are playing hockey, you are performing rotational movements with your hockey stick, while balancing on ice skates. Ultimately – this requires a lot of coordination. The skill of coordination is essential for the game of golf, and if you can handle it on skates, you can absolutely handle it on the grounds of the course!
- Soccer. Soccer requires a lot of hand and eye coordination as well as lower body strength, which is exactly what you need for the entire duration of your golf swing.
Questions You Can Ask Yourself to Improve Your Golf Game
Every golfer can relate to the frustration of consistently practicing and working hard to improve your game without seeing results. It can feel like no matter how much time you spend on the course, how much money you spend on equipment, and how much effort you put into lessons – nothing is changing! If you are not seeing improvement, you must first admit that something is not going as you initially planned. Golf is not easy, and developing and perfecting skills is something that takes time. It is important to keep in mind that this is a very common feeling for many golfers, and we are here to help! Ask yourself the following questions to figure out what exactly is going wrong:
- Are you staying completely focused on the course? Think about what is going through your head when you first get on the course and throughout your game. Are you completely focused on your game, or are you finding your thoughts somewhere else? Make sure that you are paying attention so that you can stay completely, 110% confident throughout the game. Staying focused will also help keep you more alert physically and mentally.
- Do you need to work on any of the basics and fundamentals? Everyone has to start somewhere, and sometimes improvement can best be found through going back to the basics. Think about your posture, your alignment, your grip, and your aim. If you are not completely comfortable with any of these fundamentals, think about working with a coach or mentor to see how you can improve upon each of them.
- What are your goals on the course? How are you working to achieve them? Go into each practice and game with a specific purpose to improve yourself, your skills and your game. Once you are internally aligned on your goals, think about how you are going to reach them. You can do this by visualizing specific scenarios while you are practicing so you are prepared when the time comes during the game itself.
Learning How To Golf Comes Gradually
Golfing isn’t easy and it takes many years and a lot of practice to improve your game. It’s not something you can learn overnight.
Golfers improve best by first mastering the basic techniques of a skill, like pitching or putting, and then learning the skill’s more advanced techniques. With driving, for example, you’d focus first on mastering the swing’s basics before trying to hit draws and slices. Thus, the golfer gradually improves until he or she finally masters the skill. This approach makes sense.
Below are some tips on how this approach could work when applied to chipping:
Eliminate Breaking of the Wrists
When you chip with your iron, do you tend to break the wrists? I have the same problem. When I was on the Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association, my instructor drilled into my head that it’s a bad habit I needed to break. Beginners are especially prone to this. This often leads to poor contact because hand action requires touch. Relaxing your wrists and hands while chipping can improve consistency and accuracy.
Rotate When Swinging
Body rotation is one of the most important things to do when swinging the club. Rotating through improves distance control and helps you to adapt to different chipping situations. Rotating through also enables you to increase swing speed and backspin, which helps the ball check up when it hits the green.
Control Your Shot
It’s also important to control your chip shot by using your right hand to do the work for you. Do this by hinging your wrists as you go back and unhinging them through impact. This enables you to control the shot’s trajectory and spin.
Use the progressive approach described above to learn other shots. Break down the shot into three or four key moves and work on them until you’ve mastered them all. Start with a basic technique and then move on to more advanced techniques. Learning golf gradually will not only make you a better golfer, it will also help you chop strokes off your golf handicap.
Are You Trapped in the Sand?
Do’s and Don’ts in the bunker
Many golfers, whether they are serious players or not, usually know they will receive a a two-stroke penalty for grounding their club in a bunker. But, few know any of the other rules covering bunker play. That’s not surprising. The topic isn’t normally covered even when taking golf lessons. So golfers have to learn them on their own.
The penalty strokes incurred for breaking a bunker rule won’t probably impact golf handicap, but they do have consequences. They can cost you a hole in match play or the match itself. If you play regularly, it’s good to know some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to bunker play.
- Grounding the Club
As mentioned above, this is one of the most common DON’TS when it comes to playing from the sand. You can, however, ground your club in a waste area. Waste areas are usually massive bunker-like regions of firm, unkept sand that aren’t hazards. If you’re not sure where to look courses usually mark these areas for golfers.
- Touching the Sand
Digging in your feet in the sand when hitting from a bunker is okay. You can also leave the bunker, get a new club, come back and dig in your feet again. What you can’t do is touch the sand, meaning, you can’t draw a line in the sand like an instructor might do for a lesson and you also can’t slam your club into the ground because you’re angry you messed up the first shot. I mean, you can do this if you so please, but each infraction will cost you two strokes.
This is another area of bunker play not many people know the rules for. You can rake after hitting a bunker shot, even if your ball never left the bunker. However, you can’t disturb your new lie, the area of your stance or swing, or the new line of play for your next shot. You also can’t rake your footprint trail behind you as you walk to your lie. You’d be penalized two strokes for testing the sand’s condition.
- Unplayable Lie
If you have an unplayable lie in a bunker, you may replay your previous shot and take a one-stroke penalty. Or, if you don’t want to go back to your previous shot, take a drop in the bunker within two club lengths of the ball.
The 2017-2018 Season is Rickie Fowler’s Year
Rickie Fowler always seems to be that guy that is right there on Sunday, but can never seal the deal. But I think this is his Justin Thomas like breakout year, and here is why I think so.
A 54-hole golf tournament is a lot on your body. To do that week in and week out, takes a lot out of you. So it isn’t that surprising that he is getting physically worn down, and collapsing on Sunday’s.
I think his new girlfriend is going to help him raise multiple trophies this PGA Tour season. His new girlfriend’s name is Allison Stokke. She is an American track and field athlete specializing in pole vault.
But that is a side note.
Since they have been together, like most couples, they have been going virtually everywhere together. The most prominent was at Fowler’s alma maters, Oklahoma State’s homecoming. Fowler was accompanied by his new lady friend. But that was what the media saw.
Fowler posted a video of the two of them doing sprints on the Oklahoma State’s football in the early hours of the morning. Instead of being hungover, Fowler was out there with her running. Since then Fowler has posted pictures on Snapchat and Instagram of cone setups and him running.
Assuming it is with his new boo.
My theory is that all these early morning workouts will pay off. Not only is he going to be focused on golf, not chasing tail. He is going to arguably be in the best shape of his life.
With that, I believe will come trophies.
He will be able to stay fresh all four days of the tournament and his body will be in good enough shape to keep up and keep the elite level of golf up.
If Fowler wins a lot this year, you heard it here first.
Golfing Is Healthier Than You Think
Remember the other day when you said you were going to golf instead of going to the gym and your wife laughed at you?
Well you have some decent reason to do so.
Here are some of the numbers for you to throw in their face next time they challenge it.
Neil Wolkodoff, director of the Rose Center for Health and Sports Sciences in Denver conducted a study to answer these questions.
What he found was good news for all of us fat guys who would rather walk around a golf course and suck, than drag yourself into a gym and lift weights or run on the treadmill.
The other added benefit of sucking at golf is your ball could literally go anywhere when you hit it. So maybe you get to walk a few extra steps through the woods to find your ball.
What Wolkodoff found was that over nine holes of golf, golfers carrying their bag burned about 721 calories.
For example, at about 5 miles per hour on a treadmill you burn about 596 calories an hour.
What Wolkodoff found was very eye opening.
Yes, walking 18 holes of golf is pretty tough, and you will feel it for a few days after the fact. But you are burning about 1,400 calories and having a fun time doing it (if you’re playing well).
Running on a treadmill sucks and you get no breaks. At least when you are golfing you can rest between putts and between peoples tee shots.
So next time you are going to eat some takeout pizza Saturday night and your wife is eyeing you down, tell her you will walk all 18 holes the next day and burn it all off.
Also no gym lets you enjoy a few cold ones on the treadmill.