How To Prevent Golf Injuries

golf-training-balance-and-postureA large number of amateur golfers suffer from golf injuries, the worst of these injuries can prevent a person from ever playing golf again – at the very least these injuries can result in the weakening of muscles and a lot of lower back pain. As most good golfing instructors will tell you, the reason that amateurs are injured when playing golf is because their muscles are neither strong enough nor flexible enough to play the game well.

Golf may look like a very laid back game but it is actually quite strenuous and involves the use of almost every muscle in your body. Professional golfers know all about the risk of injury in golf and they also know that the best way of avoiding it is a good fitness program and regular golfing exercises. When a person exercises regularly they strengthen their muscles and increase their flexibility.

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3 Golf Course Management Tips Around the Green

02_TOR_course_mgtCutting down your mistakes around the green is the fastest way to lower your scores, and most of it starts from between the ears. The decisions you make when approaching the green can certainly make getting the ball in the hole very easy or very difficult. Then when you’re around the green you’ll have even more decisions, and the more different shots you can execute on a regular basis the more tools you’ll have to work with.

For instance, there are times when it will be better to execute a bump-and-run shot, and other times the flop shot will be your best option. How the ball lies, in the grass or the sand, all requires different types of shots. If you only have “one-size-fits-all” shot for every situation you encounter, your effectiveness is certainly going to be compromised. How much you are willing to practice so you can have these tools at your disposal will of course determine the number of options you’ll be able to use.
But assuming you can pull off most of these shots let’s look at a few situations that you may encounter when playing the game:

1. The approach shot. When playing a shot into the green, most people shoot at the pin. This often is asking for trouble, especially when the pin is guarded by traps, water or heavy rough. Even tour professionals know that if they constantly fire shots at the flagstick, sooner or later they’ll put themselves in a troubled position. Shoot at the green, not the pin (it is much larger). Leave yourself an uphill putt if at all possible, and if you miss the green miss to a side where you have plenty of green between your next shot and the pin.

2. When to use the pitch and run. When you have plenty of green to work with and the contour of the green is quite predictable, it might be better to keep your pitch low and let it roll toward your target. Make the ball act as if you were putting it.

3. The lob shot. This is a harder shot to control for most people, but if you learn to control this shot it has a lot of uses. Not only for pitching the ball over trouble and on the green, but if the contour of the green is very undulating, it may be best to pitch the ball right at the pin and stop it. Also, coming out of heavy rough might require you to blast the ball out, requiring a higher-loft shot.

These are just a few ways to manage golf shots around the green. Part of the fun of golf is decision-making, and the best golf courses give us those options. These risk-reward decisions make a course truly competitive, but making the smart decisions will show up on our scorecard at the end of a round.

Golf Clothing – Are You Dressed for the Game?

poulter_triumphs_in_all_pink_golf_clothingEvery game has a strict dress code. One of the reasons golf is nicknamed a “Gentleman’s game” is because of its dapper attire. The dress code may vary for each country club or golf course. Nevertheless, there are a few requirements common to all.

If you have been invited to a game of golf, here are tips to get dressed to a tee.

Shirt

Many country clubs and private golf courses require players to wear a polo shirt to the game. A polo shirt is a collared T-shirt. It has a placket on the front with two a three buttons. It may or may not have a pocket. It is short-sleeved design. Golf shirts are typically made of cotton, polyester and polyester blends. The shirt is bright, solid-colored one paired with tan or neutral shorts. When it is not so warm, you can wear a vest or sweater over your shirt.

Slacks and Shorts

The golfer is expected to wear Dockers- style slacks or shorts. The hemline of the shorts should hit just above the knee, not shorter than that. The shorts should be designed for golf and must have belt loops and pockets. Denim shorts, gym shorts or cut-offs, are unacceptable. Denim is inappropriate as golf attire. A handful of private courses does not accept players in shorts too; only slacks are allowed.

Socks and Shoes

The shoes are another aspect of the attire a golfer should pay attention to. Almost all courses prohibit using shoes with metal spikes. The accepted option is shoes with soft spikes made either of plastic or rubber. One can also buy shoes with an in-built soft sole. When wearing slacks, the socks should match that of your trousers. For shorts, opt for long colored socks.

Other Accessories

Hats and golf mats are useful when playing golf. They keep your head protected, and can shield the eyes from the sun allowing you to see better. There are several options to choose from. You can choose a neat, baseball cap or a stylish straw-hat. In addition to these two options, women often prefer to wear visors. Golf slacks and shorts have belt loops. Hence, you should wear a leather belt.

If you’re visiting a golf course you have never been to before, you must call ahead and inquire about the permitted attire. Selected golf courses and country clubs, most, in fact, do not accept players who flout the dress code.