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May 2, 2013

Pre-Season Golf Checklist

At last, spring is in the air in Minnesota and our courses are starting to come to life! Because we’ll have golf balls flying through the air in no time, we’ve assembled a quick pre-season checklist for you:

  • Check your grips and make sure they’re still “tacky”

Golf may be the only community in which “the tackier the better,” is a real saying. The key benefit of increased grip is that tack provides a stable and controlled connection between a player’s hands and their clubs. Without tackiness, golfers tend to increase their grip pressure to try to compensate, causing errant shots.

  • golf_preview_articleMake sure you’ve got an ample supply of golf balls. No doubt you’ll sacrifice some as you’re grooving your swing again!

Lost balls are common, but especially early in the season when you’re still trying to get your swing back, and parts of the course may not be fully manicured yet. It may be a good time of year to borrow some balls from your shag bag, or buy some jar balls in the pro shop.

  • Check the soft spikes on your shoes and replace lost spikes.

Spring often brings wet conditions with it. One of the easiest ways to combat wet or slippery fairways is to have new spikes. Lost or worn down spikes can cause instability in your backswing or follow-through.

  • Hit the gym and do some core work. Your muscles will thank you later.

Often times, golfers underestimate the amount of physical conditioning required to play golf. Because cardiovascular training is not required, golf muscles are often ignored in the off-season. If you want to start your season off with less soreness and more success, hitting the gym a few weeks before you hit the course can make a big difference!

Make your tee time today! With the long winter we’ve all endured, the state is full of golfers itching to hit the links. Have fun!

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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