Getting Back Into Golf: How to Return Playing Your Best

Dan Gold
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Preparation Starts at Home

If you’re looking to get back into golf after a long layoff, there are a few things you can do on the easy times to make the transition as smooth as possible.

First, make sure that the clubs are all still in good shape. If they were put away poorly, the shafts might be bent. Examine the shafts of your clubs.

If there are any kinks, you can often straighten them out by wrapping the shaft in masking tape and heating it up with a hair dryer.

Alternatively, there are also a few places which will straighten the shaft, though it will cost you a pretty penny.

Second, it’s important to know where to start, particularly if you’re concerned about your swing.

To get you back into golf, it’s best to begin with regular golfing. Focus on working up your endurance with a few five- to six-hour rounds.

This will help you focus on properly developing your swing at your own pace while keeping yourself from getting burned out when you first begin.

What You Can Learn from Watching Golf

Golf is all about consistency and rhythm, and to play your best, you need to be able to repeat your swing. The master golfers like Tiger Woods have it down to a science. They can swing every time they step up to the tee, and most of the time, their golf balls land with precision.

The amazing thing about the golf game is that it doesn’t matter what position you are in while you are playing your best. While other sports like tennis require frequent changes of position, a golf ball doesn’t expect you to do that.

What you need to do to improve your golf game and be consistent is to create a consistent swing. And once you do that, you can be assured that your golf balls will end up in the right place.

The first step is to understand what you need to do to perfect your swing. You can do that by taking a few golf lessons from a professional. You may have to pay good money to do that, but those few sessions can help you save a lot of money in the long run. Most golfers drop more balls into the water or off on the fairway because they don’t know how to do it.

Practice Your Swing Indoors

If you are just starting to learn golf or if you are simply ready to hone your skills, you can do so by practicing indoors. This is a great way to get into golf during the rainy season or on those cold and snowy days in the winter. You can invest in an indoor golf simulator to improve your game.

These devices are designed to deliver the same feel of a real golf course without any of the risks to your person and equipment associated with outdoor play. Some models even provide 3D graphics and play recorded sounds of a course.

How To Get Your Golf Game Back After a Break

When you take a break from golf (or any other sport for that matter) it’s only natural to be concerned that you won’t be able to play quite as well when you return to the game.

Fortunately, by improving the following areas of you physical fitness before jumping back into the swing it should help you to play better golf, no matter what your previous level.

Stress

Healthy muscles come from healthy brains! Prolonged stress leads to poor decisions. Overwork results in fatigue. That’s why stress is one of the most important areas to address on your return to the game. Changing your perception of the game is one of the simplest ways to accomplish this.

At one time or another, most of us have experienced a bad round of golf due to poor decision making. Perhaps we pulled the club back too far, rushed the swing, or got ahead of ourselves. Once we’ve got things stressed out, we’re focused on what is wrong, instead of enjoying the moment.

How To Get Your Short Game Back After a Break

If you’ve been away for awhile, you’ll likely find it difficult to play your best the first time you tee off.

The following are tips you can use to get your back into golf and playing your best:

  • Resort to more practice — Practice your individual strokes. Take some time to refine your swing before you return to the course.
  • Turn some time on the range into short game practice — It’s always nice to know that you can chip and putt well on a course, so make sure you practice your short game.
  • Come to the course with confidence — If you feel confident when you arrive, you’ll feel confident when you tee off.

How To Get Your Golf Swing Back After a Break

If you have been away from the game of golf for an extended period of time, chances are you’re going to struggle with returning to your normal level of play.

To make the transition back to the game easier, it is important to get your shakiness out of the way. You can return far more quickly if you can do this.

There are some things you need to consider before returning to the game of golf.

Firstly, you need to get your confidence back. If you’ve not played in a while, you should be the master of your own expectations. Don’t expect to return to the lower handicap you once had.

It’s unlikely to be (or even) fair to expect that from yourself at this point!

Some basic exercises can help clear your head and prepare your mind for the swing.

You will want to start light with far simpler drills than you had before. You can do this at home, on your own time, while you get warmed up to the game again.

Lastly, you want to make your body feel healthy again. Your body is the most basic piece of equipment we have and also one of the most important.

Getting Back to Golf: Your First Round Back

Even though you might feel that your first round back is going to be straight out of the gate, in reality you don’t need to play more than a nine or 18 hole golf round.

One of the awesome things about golf is how versatile it can be. If you are worried about being rusty and don’t want to commit hours of your time to practicing, plan a few short rounds of golf at first.

If you are feeling rusty, it is actually better to play short holes rather than a single large round of golf. If you wait until you’ve prepared well, you’ll notice how far your game has changed.

Don’t let your golfing skills drop too much when you are on a break from the sport either. Set a goal for yourself and aim to do something with the game every day.