Most golfers are expected to be eager to get back on the course now that the weather is improving. We are all checking the weather. We all appreciate the longer days. We are all looking forward to swinging in the clubs again after some time away during the colder months.
But before you dive back into the deep end and time out, you need to go through the steps first.
This means dusting off your clubs, styling the right outfit, and most importantly preparing your body for all the shots you’ll throw. But there are plenty of other things a hobby golfer needs to do before heading to the links, and we’ve got a few tips to follow below.
Tips to remove rust for the golf season
So how does an amateur golfer quickly shake off the rust before the first rounds of the year? With the help of some of the top 100 GOLF teachers, we were able to get some answers.
find a good teacher
Before you plunge back into a round of golf, it’s a good idea to approach this year as a fresh start. Rather than experience some of the similar frustrations he experienced in years past, such as cutting pucks or breaking irons, Steve Bosdosh suggests that amateurs find a good teacher to prepare their games by emphasizing a specific area of focus.
“Be ‘topic specific,’ starting with putting during lesson one, chipping and pitching during lesson two, distance wedges in lesson three, swing irons during lesson four, and full swing driving during lesson five.
“Next, make sure you stick to the teacher schedule, making sure you practice what they taught you for 30 minutes, twice a week. Start with putting and work your way up to chipping and pitching – improving even the slightest bit in this area takes a lot of strokes off your score! It can even be in the office or at home in front of a mirror, so don’t wait for those 60 degree days!”
Invest in technology
According to Chris Mayson, most people are terrible at practicing because they “don’t know what they’re trying to achieve and don’t have feedback on whether or not they’re doing the move correctly.”
Mayson suggests investing in technology to get your game back up to speed, and his favorite tool is a training aid called The Arm Alarm from Why Golf.
“If you flip the club over with your hands during short shots, the strap will break the connection and the alarm will sound. Your goal is to keep the same distance between your forearms and rotate your body for shooting shots, ensuring good flat lines and consistent contact. Through the full swing, Arm Alarm helps you create great arm and wrist structure at the top of the backswing.”
focus on your body
Scottie Scheffler’s trainer recently shared some tips on how the current world number 1 player used exercise to increase his stamina. While there’s no promise that you’ll be like Scheffler on the field this spring, Debbie Doniger says hitting the gym is crucial to loosening up tight muscles.
“Start with a basic physical assessment, or add a more detailed one if that’s what you need. The more information you, your teacher and your trainer have, the better. Don’t ignore your body. You can start to answer the ‘why’ you do what you do versus the ‘what’”.
Set a specific goal on the driving range
Bosdosh says it’s important to avoid being the person who just grabs the driver at the range, trying to practice bombing. This could lead to injury and frustration. Instead, he suggests putting together a plan for each shot he makes with each club.
“He works with an 8 or 9 iron, with the ball on a small tee. Start with half swings, making sure the ball makes contact with the chop. He gradually progressed to fuller swings, but with a focus on 50-60 percent distance. This allows his muscles to remain relaxed and helps with feel, something most average golfers don’t have. This tempo helps you find the sweet spot, which is great for your confidence.”
Using the tips above before your next round provides a plan to remove any winter rust. Each tip will build your confidence, helping you get back to playing more regularly.