I'm learning a lot about my game, my body and how to try to prepare for a return to competitive golf. Working out for golf is a relatively new phenomena (thanks Tiger Woods). Yes I know Gary Player was/is a huge advocate for fitness to help your golf game, but it was really Tiger Woods and his major change in physique combined with his domination of the sport that brought it to the forefront of the sport. I grew up in an era that golf professionals told you not to lift weights because you would lose range of motion and touch. I was always told its about flexibility and not strength. Clearly that was wrong or maybe our understanding of how to train has improved that we can have are proverbial cake and eat it too. I bring all this up because personally working out for golf is very new to me, and so I am learning how the work outs affect my body on a daily basis and how they are affecting my golf swing.
With all that said, I learned a valuable lesson Wednesday afternoon. I cannot lift weights and play on the same day, or at least don't play after lifting weights. I went through my complete fitness routine in the morning before the store opened. Then I went out and played 9 holes in the afternoon at South Hampton. I compounded the mistake by not at least hitting some balls before teeing off (yes I know I tell my students not to do that) but I wasn't sure we would bet the 9 holes in so I skipped the warm up. The club felt incredibly awkward in my hands and I could never really get comfortable with my setup. It felt like all my muscles were slightly trembling throughout the swing. Needless to say, that feeling lead to some really poor swings/results. On the bright side I got a lot of work on my short game, specifically my bunker play. I was in bunkers on 1, 2, 5, 7, and 8. The 5th hole was a fairway bunker, that I pulled left of the greenside bunker short siding my self to the front left pin location. That lead to the shot of the day though. I hit a flop shot from a buried lie with the ball below my feet and on a slight down slope to about 6 feet and made the putt for par! The round wasn't a complete loss, I did at least continue to strike the ball solid. My feel for the clubface and distances were just off a enough to keep me from hitting as many greens as I would like.
All in all I learned a valuable lesson. If I'm going to play around on a day that I'm scheduled to lift weights on, I need to lift after my round or in the evening. I don't think I will ever be like Brooks Keopka (I know that's the case in a lot of ways, no need to make jokes. lol) where he actually likes to lift before rounds because he likes to feel tight. Maybe that will come with more time working out, but for now I need to keep them separated as much as possible. I'm going to get back to work on full swing today and some putting since I noticed I pulled a couple putts on Wednesday. So until the next post, KEEP IT IN THE SHORT GRASS!