The New Season Begins!

Freshly mown grass abounds.  Flowers starting to bloom.  The birds are back, and so is the golf season!  I know the winter allowed more golf this year, but the spring is what I always define as the new golf season.

The goal during the winter was to maintain and maybe even improve slightly before the first round of the year.  I didn’t want to walk onto the course rusty and need to build back to where I finished.  I will admit, I didn’t follow the winter schedule perfectly and got closer to 3 days a week than 4, but I succeeded in starting strong!

My first round happened last week.  I played the optishot most weeks during the winter, but the optishot isn’t the same as the course.  The adrenaline pumps a little harder when staring down a flag at 150 yards.  I was ready for the round, but I needed to get into my game quickly to stay on track.

My first tee shot flew high and down the middle.  The ground is rock hard right now in Oklahoma, so I also received a nice roll.  I only had a wedge left into the green.  I hit a thin, terrible wedge shot that settle right next to the green.  My chip was crisp, but I 2 putted for bogey.  Not a terrible start.

Similar shots on the second hole, but I made the up and down for par.  The 3rd hole is a longer par 3.  I pulled my hybrid and hit a high, beautiful, drawing shot that bounced, hit the flag stick, and stopped 10 feet from the hole.  2 putts from 10 feet for par.

I continue with another par on 4 and 6.  My driver was high and near the target.  My irons are a little short, but mostly high and moving slightly right.  Contact is as good as I have hit a golf ball in a couple seasons.  I had 3 GIR on the front 9, which is 2 more than I averaged a whole round last season.

The back 9 wasn’t quite as good, but my stamina isn’t perfect yet.  I had 2 pars, and only 1 GIR.  However, I hit 5 straight fairways.  I ended up with 9/14 fairways and 4/18 greens.  I shot an 84, which is better than most of my scores last season.  This is a great start to the year.

My goal was to begin the year as good, if not better, than last year.  I believe the winter was a huge success.  My swing is continually getting better.  My contact is more pure.  I think this year will see huge improvements.  No regression from last year.  I can’t wait to create my new spring and summer routine to keep improving.  Keep coming back to check out my progress.

Gain Perspective to Stomp Out Apathy

Creating routines is a great start to improving, but we all experience falling off our routine.  The resolution to eat better falls apart Super Bowl weekend when we gorge ourselves on chips, salsa, cheese dip, hot dogs, burgers, and everything else at the party.  Splurging isn’t the problem.  The problem arises the next week.  If I ate everything in sight, I feel terrible and think “what is the point of continuing to eat well if I messed it up?”  That mindset causes us to fall back into bad habits.  I almost fell victim to that phenomenon last week.

Last week was terrible for my routine.  Since creating my off-season routine, I haven’t followed it perfectly, but I generally reach at least 3 days of golf work and a couple days of exercise each week.  My swing isn’t completely leaving me, and I think I will start spring in a better position than last spring.  However, I completely missed the mark last week.  Work became incredibly busy that took away time at night, and I spent no time on golf or exercise.  The bottom fell out.

Work is still busy, and this week started with apathy.  My mind thought the routine is done, so why not just relax with the little time I have.  It is easy to fall into that trap.  The key is to not let 1 bad week prevent me from continuing on the path to success.

The critical steps to not letting the apathy continue is to gain perspective and get started.  Last winter, I did nothing to prepare for the golf season.  I played a round or two when the weather was nice, but I didn’t work on anything inside.  My perspective now must be that anything I do now makes a difference.  Getting back to the full routine is not necessary to improve.  Anything more than last year is improvement.  Doubt creeps in, but the key is to catch that thought and realize an improvement perspective is what matters.

After regaining perspective, do something.  This week, I am not perfectly back on my routine.  However, I spent a little time on the full swing taking shots.  Not perfect, but I did something.  Gaining steam to combat apathy makes a difference.  We all know it is easier to continue a trend.  My trend will be to reintegrate practice on the schedule.  I get a new opportunity every day to have fun with golf.  I plan to take that opportunity.

Last week didn’t go as planned.  I will not let that keep me from improving this week.  Every day is a new day.  Keep coming back to see my progress.  Post on Facebook and Tweet out my article to help others get back on track!

Finding a Lost Gadget Diagnosed 2 Easy to Cure Swing Flaws

Have you ever cleaned out a closet or looked through old boxes to find something valuable you forgot you owned? If you are like me, cleaning the garage can always produce an old training aid long forgotten, the swingyde, a golf fan power trainer, the speedstik, etc.  I normally chuckle or swing the aid a few times and put it up.  Last week, I may have struck gold when going through an old drawer.

While putting away Christmas presents, I found my Golfsense sensor from 2013-14. I used it a handful of times, but for some reason, I never fully integrated it into my routine.  I also thought the measurements were off.  What I am finding out with devices like the optishot and Golfsense is the measurements aren’t what is off.  My perception of my swing is off.  I decided to try the sensor again during my planned full swing session.

The information from the session with the tracker proved invaluable. My device is a couple years old, so the updated version from Zepp includes numerous additional features.  The app for my device mainly measures club plane, hand plane, backswing, and tempo.  The first handful of swings showed me my swing plane is not as consistent as it should be, my tempo is way too fast, and my backswing was short.  Consistency comes from continued practice, so I used the information to work on my tempo and backswing.

I focused on tempo to increase the swing score on the app. The score is an arbitrary measurement of the quality of each swing.  However, scoring each swing is a great way to create a game for focus on each shot.  My temp tends to be quick.  The app indicates 3:1 is the ideal tempo, but I started around 2.3:1.  Working on my weight shift last summer along with my natural tendency to rush my shots was clear with the numbers.  I took a handful of deliberate swings and achieved the 3:1 ratio.

The backswing number took more time to work on. I assumed it somehow read my shoulder turn, but the recommendation is 270 degrees.  270 is not humanely possible, and when I turned more, the number didn’t dramatically change.  After reading a little further, I realized the backswing number measured the club at the top compared to address position.  The tracker basically measured wrist hinge combined with turn.  I wasn’t hinging my wrists near what I needed.  I incorporated the slower tempo and hinged my wrists more to get closer to 270 degrees.  My best efforts ranged from 240-250, but the app indicated those numbers were in the proper range.

Great numbers with easy fixes in 1 session was nice, but the real question is whether that has an effect on ball flight. I have not made it to the range due to the snow, but I hit foam balls into a screen that night.  The numbers looked good and the ball looked to have a higher trajectory.  My angle of attack improved due to the wrist hinge.

My next test happened a few days later on the optishot. After a few warm up swings, I was able to produce similar improved numbers on the simulator’s range.  I then played a round.  The numbers stayed reasonable, and while I got quick at times, my improvements seemed to stick.  My round score wasn’t perfect, but I shot reasonably well.

My only criticism is the measurements don’t take into account face angle. I could make a reasonably good swing, but my clubface could be a little more open or closed.  The sensor doesn’t account for some of that variation.  I did find it difficult to have a good score and hit the ball terrible.  Working with this sensor helped me with immediate feedback and improve 2 important areas of my game.  I plan to continue to use it to help with my tempo and hinge.  I believe improving those areas will drastically improve my GIRs.  I can add club face work in as these numbers become even more consistent during practice.  1 device won’t solve everything, but the Golfsense sensor definitely helped my game.

A good winter cleaning is a good place to start looking for training aids. Stay warm.

Making Better New Year’s Resolutions for Golf

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution?  Of course, everyone has.  I try to make resolutions every year.  Have you ever failed at your resolution before February?  Don’t worry, I have too.  Depending on the researcher you choose, 80-88% of New Year’s resolutions fail each year.  Let’s choose to be in the 10-12%.

Resolutions fail for a couple reasons.  The key is to not fall victim to the same mistakes everyone else makes.  I help students every semester focus on the right goals because setting a good goal can improve success chances.  Creating mastery goals with incremental steps will improve the likelihood of success.

New Year’s resolutions fail because they are result based goals.  Result goals focus on what the end will look like.  Resolutions about weight loss, quitting smoking, or getting healthy are great examples.  They look at the end result.  Desiring those ends aren’t inherently bad, but without more, those resolutions fail the vast majority of the time.

Mastery goals are significantly better.  Mastery focuses on performing a movement or task extremely well.  For learning, I could set the goal to understand and be able to recite areas of law.  Someone who wants to lose weight could set a mastery goal to only eat 1,600 calories each day or a specific calorie goal for each meal.  In the end, weight loss will occur but the reason is the resolution is based on an action each day.

This year, make a mastery golf resolution.  Everyone wants a lower score.  I aspire to be a single-digit handicap.  For many years, I said I would practice more and get there, but I never did.  I made the same golf mistakes.  All my goals now focus on what I will do each week and movements I want to master.  I resolve to work my plan as well as possible.  My off-season focus is exercise while also making swings each week.  So far, I am working on my game much more than before.  However, I still don’t get all the days in each week.  It is difficult to get through 4-5 days of work each week.

The second key is to make small incremental changes.  Trying to change everything at once makes failure likely.  Individuals trying to run a marathon start with significantly shorter distances.  No one starts with 26 miles.  Start with running one mile and work up to 26.

Golf is the same way.  Trying to make 4 swing changes at once won’t happen.  Work on 1 change throughout your set.  Be very specific, like changing the swing plane.  I focused on nothing but weight shift during the first part of the summer.  After about a month, I worked on swing plane.  My focus is limited to ensure the changes have lasting affects.  Slow incremental changes can have the biggest impact on long-term scores.

Now is the time to set the resolutions for the upcoming year.  My resolution is to follow my weekly plan I set out for the offseason.  Small changes will hopefully setup for a great beginning to the spring season.  Enjoy the holiday!

 

Tweeking My Mindset to Improve My Score

Do you ever think you are inherently good or bad at something? You then perform the task and reaffirm your original suspicions. Most of us fall into that trap daily. Unfortunately, the fixed mindset trap can create a cycle of non-improvement.

Dr. Carol Dweck, professor at Stanford, researched mindsets to see who overcame obstacles and succeeded on subsequent assessments. She found that individuals who had a fixed mindset, one where ability is tied to a person’s character traits or is innate, struggled to overcome obstacles and improve. However, individuals with a Growth Mindset, a mindset that emphasizes the ability to improve and learn from mistakes, performed better over the long haul. The growth mindset individuals did not internalize failure and learned from it.

I notice this phenomenon on a daily basis in my profession. I help students with standardized tests for professional licensure, and I encounter students daily who say, “I am not good at standardized tests.” The statement alone illustrates the problems with a fixed mindset. If someone thinks they are bad at something, then motivation to work on it is low. Not only that, continued failure only reinforces the poor self-image. The mindset hampers the ability to learn and improve.

Dr. Dweck’s research is the foundation for understanding some of the early differences in performance of young girls and boys. Dr. Boucher from Indiana investigated the stereotype that girls are poor at math. Her results, along with others, illustrated that when someone is told they are bad at something, they perform worse. The negative stereotype or limitation forces a fixed mindset on students.

The psychological research impacts how many of us play golf. We all see it on our weekend round. A playing partner will miss a putt and say something like “I always miss 3 foot putts” or “I am a bad putter.” Think about the hole at your local club that you hate. The thought of “my ball always go right on #3” has the subconscious effect of causing the ball to go right. All of those statements are fixed mindset statements. They tend to create a fundamental feeling about the person instead of focusing on the attempted task. Living in a fixed mindset will stifle long term improvement when our statements form a negative self-identity.

The good news is we can all migrate to the growth mindset. I am still a 16 handicap golfer, but I believe improvement is possible. Not only that, I know that improvement is a long road that will not happen overnight (or even in 1 season). Looking through the stats and analyzing the information demonstrates areas to work on. Forcing ourselves to believe in the possibility of improvement is the first step to success.

The second thing we must do is talk better to ourselves on the course. I worked hard last summer to focus on the positive. The errant tee shot is a new situation to find a solution. A few slices did not mean the next shot would slice. Craig Sigl, sports psychologist, says to put the last hole behind you and say, I have 9 holes left (or however many you have) to have fun. It is the idea that I will get that 3 footer next time.

Changing mindsets is one of the hardest changes to make, but it can also have a huge impact. I am resolving to keep getting better and focusing on the next shot. I encourage everyone to find a technique that works for you to stay positive on a beautiful day on the course.

Stay warm.

Check Out New Motor Learning Research to Decrease Strokes

Improving at golf seems easy. Pick something to work on, go to the range, and spend hours repeating the new movement over and over.  Most people call it creating muscle memory or getting more reps.  Tiger talks about reps all the time.  If reps is all that matters, then most of us are doomed to mediocrity because we have jobs and families that prevent hours making changes and getting reps.  However, science is starting to change the way we think about learning, and Golf Science Lab is leading the charge to help everyone practice better.

I wrote about interleaving and variable practice in my first few posts last spring. I use similar ideas when teaching my students how to perform on certain standardized tests, and motor learning research started advocating these new approaches.  After integrating some of the concepts, I discovered Golf Science Lab at the end of the summer.  I would highly recommend checking out their site.

Their site is chalked full of excellent information from numerous sources. My first trip to the site was almost overwhelming due to the amount of information.  They have articles and podcasts on nearly every conceivable practice and mental game topic.  I had no idea where to start.  I thought the best place would be to sign up for their emails and purchase the motor learning quickstart guide.

I am always skeptical of pdf books because anyone can publish a book and sell it online. Internet marketing is full of write a 20 page pdf, put some good graphics in it, and then sell it on an email list.  Their site made me feel like the book would be worth it, and I waste more than $10 on silly purchases all the time.  I bought the motor learning guide.

The motor learning quickstart guide included a small game like training manual as well. I am not disappointed I purchased these guides.  Both products included solid information about how we learn and mistakes most golfers make on the range.  The guide included citations to research to provide the foundation for their recommendations. The information is there to completely change the way to practice.

My lone criticism of the manuals is they have more theory than hyper specific application tools. For example, the guide explains the difference between block and random practice.  The research foundation illustrates what most golfers do wrong and why random practice is better.  The end of the section includes a small discussion of how that translates to golf.  Most people reading the section will understand random practice would include switching clubs, changing shot type, or switching trajectories.

I think the guides could add a little specificity by suggesting a practice routine. However, the website includes a significant amount of that information.  The guides are good quick easy reads.  You come away with the idea of what not to do when practicing.  You also discover what you should do with each repetition to create lasting changes.  The website provides the more specific information.

Not only is the guide worth $10, Cordie is excellent at responding to questions. I emailed them about my project here and asked about any resources for game like training while not hitting a golf ball, like swings at the office.  He graciously responded within a couple days that they didn’t have any podcasts or articles for that yet, but he would consider the topic for the future.  He could have ended the conversation there, but he proceeded to give a few suggestions for creating game like training in my situation (drawing out holes and playing each shot in my head while swinging).  The ideas were great to integrate into my at-home practice.

Golf Science Lab provides vast amounts of information to maximize everyday golfers’ potential. I plan to listen to a couple podcasts each week while driving home.  I would highly recommend subscribing to their free podcasts and checking out their site.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Real Improvement Happens in the Offseason

We hear the clichés all the time. Champions are made in the offseason, or the best athlete is made during the offseason.  Every coach talks about the offseason being the foundation to success.  If all of that is true, and I believe it is, then why do many of us treat the offseason as a break from golf?

I usually always take a winter break from golf. I would play the few times the temperature rose enough to play while wearing a few base layers, but improvement plans slipped my mind.  This year, I will take a different approach to my offseason.  Since failing to plan is a problem, I created an offseason plan to improve my weak areas.

My offseason plan focuses on 2 areas for improvement, my swing and fitness. My swing needs the work to start the season more consistent.  However, fitness might be the biggest area I can improve during the break.  Here is my plan for the winter:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Day Off Full Swing Work Putting Work Day Off Workout Day #2 Chipping Work Simulated Practice on Optishot
  Walk on the Treadmill Workout Day #1   Walk on Treadmill to Finish Workout Day #3  

 

The plan seems like more work than during the season, which I had trouble reaching 5 days. However, I plan to adjust when I do some of the work.  I have kids, and one of the best ways to teach our kids is through modeling behavior.  Saving my fitness and workout for the evening while they are in bed doesn’t provide the extra benefit of teaching them fitness is important.  Since my kids are still young enough to find playing anything with me as fun, I plan to have the workout days with them.

Golf fitness is a little different than just lifting weights, so I designed 3 workouts that are 15-30 minutes that will help me become a better athlete and be fun with the kids. Here is the plan:

 

Workout Day #1:

Warmup

Squats with a Medicine Ball

Agility Drills on a Speed ladder

Jumping Hurdles (the progressively taller banana step hurdles)

Frog Jumping Race

 

Workout Day #2

Warmup

Medicine Ball Throws

-Squat Throw High

– Side Throw

Pushups

Crab Race

 

Workout Day #3

Warmup

Medicine Ball Spikes

Medicine Ball Jumps

Planks

Sit up throws with medicine ball

Plank Race

 

I know some of the activities sound silly, but making the workout fun helps motivate me to actually do it. Fun workouts will also get my kids involved and they will also encourage me to do the work.

The golf work will be similar to during the season. I will pick a specific area to work on, but will continue to focus on interleaved and variable practice with the testing effect to build my new motions.  I recently subscribed to Golf Science Lab, and they provide a ton of information on proper practice.  My next post will be my first thoughts about their product and how it will change my practice.

Post your thoughts or your own offseason plans. Utilize the offseason to have a great next season!

End of Season Stats Check. Did I Improve?

Fall is here, or should be here at least. We have unseasonably warm weather.  My goals were set for the end of October, so while I may squeak in a couple more rounds, I will review the conclusion to the season.

My original goal this season was to decrease my handicap to 14. I planned to spend 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week practicing.  I started around a 16 handicap, and I believed I could shave 2 strokes off my handicap.  As my mid-season report indicated, I failed to realize my handicap was artificially low due to older scores.  My most recent scores averaged between 18 and 20 index.  I revised my goal mid-season to get back to 15.8 where I started.  While I didn’t drop it to 15.8, I decreased my handicap from 17 to 16.2 since July!  I am on the right track!  I may not be at 15.8, but a declining handicap is what matters.

I set the number goal at the beginning of the year, but research indicates focusing on the number does not lead to success. Numbers are the measurement, but focusing on the process makes the most difference.  My most important goal was practicing 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. I hate to say it, but I didn’t meet that goal as often as I hoped.

30 minutes a day is harder than I anticipated. I know that sounds silly, but all my activities combined with exhaustion make adding more work in difficult.  However, I did meet the goal about half the time.  I did much better in the summer and right after my mid-season report.  I struggled more during the fall due to my teaching load.  However, I never went a week without practicing.  I completed a simulated practice or real round nearly every week.  I reached 4 days a week the vast majority of the time.  Rarely did I practice less than 3 days a week.  I know I didn’t reach the goal every week, but I practiced significantly more than before.  My stats show continuous effort with the decreasing handicap.

My stats illustrate my improvement and areas to continue to work on. Below are the stats from April:

Time Period Fairways GIRs Scrambling Putting
May 2015-April 2016 42% 17% 10% 1.9

 

The work paid off this summer in most areas. Here are my stats since I started my plan:

Time Period Fairways GIRs Scrambling Putting
April 2016-Present 59% 11% 25% 1.8

 

Fairways and scrambling dramatically increased. Playing from the short grass must inevitably lead to more GIRs.  While I missed more greens (down to 2 per round), I scrambled for par on 2.5 more holes per round.  Scrambling alone decreased my handicap to the 16.2.  My glaring weakness is still GIR, so I will continue to work on approach shots to score better.

My winter improvement and workout plan will begin shortly. As I think through the plan, I hope to set it up to include activities my family can get involved with to increase my chances of completing the daily tasks.  Come back in the next couple weeks to check out the winter plan.  Enjoy your last rounds of the year.

Time to Dream About Next Year’s Destinations

The end of the season is near.  Time to think back on all the fun from the summer.  I had some great times, but I also started dreaming about next year’s adventures.  Thinking about where to play next year will help motivate me through my winter work.

Last year, I looked at my potential travel destinations and envisioned playing Bethpage Black, Pinehurst, TPC San Antonio, and Buffalo Ridge in Branson.  My best case included 2 top 5 courses and 2 more top 100.  I couldn’t wait.

My year didn’t reach the best case scenario, but I played great courses.  I wasn’t able to play a round in New York, so Bethpage will be later.  I did play TPC San Antonio, Buffalo Ridge, The Club at Sonterra in San Antonio, and Tobacco Road in North Carolina.  3 Top 100 courses, and a year to remember.  Check out my previous posts about the courses.  They are all must play destinations.

Now, I am dreaming of next year.  I may have the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, and Pinehurst again.  The possibilities in each city are interesting.

Los Angeles

I have never visited LA, so I don’t know what to expect (other than the national media narrative).  Of course, I will try every trick I can conjure up to access one of the exclusive private clubs (Riveria, LA CC, Bel-Air, etc.)  I haven’t had success getting on private courses in the past, so I don’t anticipate that working.  From there, I will probably look to Pelican Hill or Trump National LA as the highest rated courses.  I know ratings aren’t everything, but I found the ratings to guide me well so far.

Dallas

Dallas is a tough call because I live reasonably close to Dallas.  The two on top of my list are Dallas National and Colonial, but again, getting access is difficult.  I may have a few contacts that could get a tee time.  After those, Dallas doesn’t have many high rated public courses.  I played Tour 18 a while ago, and it was fun.  The Cowboy Club is interesting since it has the Dallas Cowboy theme.

The Tribute at the Colony is a possibility.  The course is a Scottish links replica course with holes from most of the Open Championship Rota.  I will likely never play all (or many) of those courses, so the replica may be fun.  I enjoyed Tour 18’s replica holes, so The Tribute is a definite possibility.

I enjoy tour courses and the TPC Network, so I may try to get access to the TPC at Las Colinas without staying at the resort.  The Byron Nelson attracts quality fields, and the course will be near tournament conditions since I will be in Dallas in May.

Dallas may not have the highest ranked possibilities, but I like the options.

Austin

I played golf in Austin at Teravista Golf Club about 5 years ago.  That is my only round in Austin.  The course was well maintained, and you needed all your shots.  However, I didn’t find it overly memorable.  Barton Creek is the obvious choice in Austin, but I won’t be staying at the resort.  They wouldn’t let me on the last time I was in Austin, so I will probably still be out of luck.  After that, I honestly don’t know my options.  Post in the comments any great ideas in Austin.

Pinehurst

We will likely head back out to Pinehurst next year.  The possibilities are endless in that area.  I loved Tobacco Road, so Tot Hill Farm, also by Mike Strantz, is on my list.  I know everyone will rave about all the Pinehurst Courses, but we don’t stay at the resort.  I may reserve a time somewhere else and then switch to one of the resort courses the week we are there.

Reading the rankings and literature, Mid Pines Golf Course and Pine Needles look like must plays.  Golf Digest ranks Dormie Club #43.  I could flip a coin, throw a dart, and no matter what happens, I will be happy.  The descriptions of all these courses evoke feelings of serenity and fun golf.

This season isn’t quite over, but playing new courses is always on my mind.  I am sure next year will be similar to this year where not all the opportunities pan out, but if I don’t dream now, what else would I do.  Add your thoughts on those cities in the comments.  Finish the season strong!

Can Fitness Really Affect My Golf Score?

Wow, the Ryder Cup last weekend was great. The excitement boiled over.  I enjoyed each day.  Watching golf inevitably brings the infomercials and quick commentary that sometimes highlights a weakness I need to work on, and last weekend was no different.

A couple years ago, I experienced the pleasure of playing Erin Hills, next year’s US Open site, near the end of the season. The weather started changing, and the course was beautiful.  Definitely one of my favorite courses, but I struggled mightily walking the course.  Erin Hills is walking only, which helps with the beauty, but walking it is climbing up and down non-stop hills.  It is the closest I have ever felt to the phrase, “walking up hill both ways.”  I played really well through 9.  On 10, I felt my legs completely lose strength.  I could walk and play, but my legs couldn’t stabilize my swing.  I ended up 6 shots worse on the back 9 with 1 birdie and the rest doubles or worse.

Erin Hills is a unique challenge. I never considered other courses to cause the same problems, especially since I ride a cart 95% of the time.  However, recent experiences made me question my assumption.

I started integrating the swing plane and weight shift on the course last round. The weight shift is working really well and creating better contact.  However, the back 9 saw similar problems as my experience at Erin Hills.  I didn’t shift my weight on 10, and subsequently, I pulled my approach low and left.  I did the same thing on 11.  My local course isn’t as penal as Erin Hills, so I still salvaged a decent round, but my lower body felt tired towards the end.

Every week, we hear the infomercials or announcers talk about a solid foundation. I always believed I possessed the solid foundation.  I am not in the best shape, but I am not terribly out of shape.  Last weekend it clicked though.  Hearing it after my experience helped me realize that even the slightest tiring can make a golf swing get out of sync.  Looking back, almost every round I feel like I lose my sync at some point during the round.  I sometimes get it back for a few holes, but many times, I finish without the same swing I started with.  My base may not be holding up to a full round.

My goal is a consistent golf swing, so being out of sync at the end of the round will definitely cause problems. I now realize that I need to integrate golf specific exercises into my routine.  I don’t plan on changing my routine yet, but after the end of the season, I will integrate off season training into my weekly schedule.

I purchased the Joey D workout program a few years ago and have multiple books on golf fitness. We still have nice weather here, so I have a little while longer to improve this season.  Come back to check out the plan I create for integrating both swing practice and golf fitness during the winter.  As the greats always say, great players are made during the off-season.  Enjoy the last few weekends of golf!