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:
|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:
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
Medicine Ball Throws
-Squat Throw High
– Side Throw
Workout Day #3
Medicine Ball Spikes
Medicine Ball Jumps
Sit up throws with medicine ball
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!