This season, there are a Golf Fundamentals to keep in mind:
Summer is a great time to play golf. It’s also the best time to experience the exhilaration of striking a golf ball correctly. Understanding the fundamentals can help you know how to hit a banana ball or a hook.
S – Swing the club correctly with the help of a golf professional.
Proper technique will enable you to have longer and straighter shots. Many new golfers cannot believe that the sensation of effortless power made the ball fly so beautifully.
U – Use what you have physically and enhance your skills with equipment.
Golf is not about who is the strongest, tallest or most athletic. It’s about attitude and technique. You can borrow equipment from the facility. All golf courses will provide the equipment to encourage you to play. Dress for the weather, and wear a hat and sunscreen.
M – Master a shot.
Once you hit one, your confidence will grow, as your enthusiasm blossoms into mastering another shot. Remember the 5 Ps of performance: prior preparation prevents poor performance. Learn the game properly from the start. An experienced coach can fix the frustrated golfer’s technique.
M – Movement in a golf swing is fluid.
Yes, the hands are soft, leading to relaxed arms, shoulders and neck. The golf swing is built from the ground up, meaning the energy comes from the proper use of feet, knees, hips and then the core, shoulders, arms and club. Most people do it in reverse, and they cannot relate to many of the wonderful benefits of golf. When your golf swing starts from the hands and works to the feet, rather than vice versa, the swing is laborious and you will get fatigued and frustrated fast.
E – Energy restored.
Golf is a recreational sport that rebuilds your spirit, mind and body when played correctly. Walking through the natural outdoor environment—enjoying the birds, deer and flowers—will lift your spirit. Your mind is refreshed when you casually approach the game with low expectations, celebrating victory with your partners. Your relaxed body is stretched and contracted over and over, expelling all your tensions, resulting in a massage-like experience. Golf has been proven to be an effective deterrent to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as arthritis and many other ailments.
R – Remember to bring a friend or two.
Divide the burden and double the pleasure. The summer is an ideal time to try something new or to rediscover your love of the game. Golf is truly a game for a lifetime. My neighbors who are 60 years and older love to be around children and experience the youthful energy, which is contagious. The newly retired person in their late 50s and 60s can look forward to 20 years of golf. Do it right the first time!
Make sure you remember these golf fundamentals on the course this summer. I hope to see you for a golf lesson and out on the green!
By Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.