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Golf At Any Age: Advice to Keep Playing

July 25, 2012

fitness and tips to play golf at any ageThe Game for a Lifetime

Golf is a game you can truly play for a lifetime – just visit your favorite golf course in Minnesota and you’ll see people of all ages on the driving range and playing golf. But – there are certain things to work on as you get older to make sure you’ll be able to golf late in life.

Tips for Junior Golfers

Taking up the game of golf early in life is wonderful. It’s great exercise, a way to learn patience and respect and the perfect introduction into sports and competition. The key for children playing golf is to make sure they have the right equipment. You don’t want them to be playing with gear that’s too big or too small. The wrong gear could impact their initial skills and fundamentals and make them more frustrated about learning to golf than they need to be! Check with a Minnesota PGA professional on the right gear for kids and you’ll be putting with them in no time.

Playing at the right time with children and keeping the game fun are keys to creating lifelong golfers. Try playing later in the day or when a course isn’t as crowded as a Saturday morning. Children can hit, chase the ball or putt to their hearts’ content – without worrying about holding up other groups. Some courses will even have areas and times reserved specifically for children or families.

Tips for Golfers in their 30s

You’re in your 30s and you’ve been playing often and on for awhile but you really want to feel comfortable at a golf outing for work – this is the time to take a lesson (or two or three). Lessons can help you correct any bad habits you’ve picked up while playing with buddies and help you create a proper practice and warmup routine to keep your game in good shape. You can find a Minnesota PGA professional near you by clicking here. Practice is also key in your 30s. You want to work on what you’re learning in your lessons and fine tune the weaker parts of your game.

Work on your core strength and flexibility as part of your workouts. Power in golf comes from a strong core (your abdominals, hips and back) and you need to be flexible to get the best rotation in your swing. Here are some workouts to help your golf game.

Tips for Golfers in their 60s+

As we get older, we often gain weight, lose flexibility and lose muscle. But – staying active can help you keep burning calories and building muscle. Look for activities that use resistance-training – weights, light dumbbells or your own weight – to help you build muscle over time. Staying active and exercising will also help you have more stamina on the golf course. More stamina means you’ll have more energy on the back nine and be more accurate on the 18th hole.

Flexible muscles will also help your swing and help you get good distance off the tee. Stretching and rotating your body – especially your hips – to stay flexible will help you continue to take a full swing at the ball with a complete shoulder turn. Here’s one stretch to do right away:

Sit on the edge of the chair, your legs should be on a 90 degrees angle below and maintain your hips and knees facing straight away. While you’re sitting, try to stretch to one side and from there you’re actually doing a full shoulder turn just like when you’re doing a golf swing. Then, repeat the process to the other side. Remember to utilize the chair as your leverage or support the same with your legs while trying to twist your body. Keep going from side to side to warm up your lower back.

You can see more stretches for older golfers here.

How long do you hope to play golf? How have you noticed your game changing as you get older?

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf.

PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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