Golf Swing Instructions for Seniors
Golf is enjoyed by people of all age and skill levels around the world. As you grow older, certain parts of your game may begin to suffer. Many seniors must deal with loss of flexibility in the spine, a decrease in wrist and forearm strength, eyesight issues and balance problems. Some health issues can be remedied only by a visit to the doctor, but as far as golf is concerned, making a few swing modifications enables most seniors to continue to compete on the course.
Address the ball with your feet a little more than shoulder-width apart. This will give you more stability through your shot and account for any loss of balance. If joint pain in your hands is an issue, modify your grip to one you find more comfortable.
During the backswing, take the club back slowly and low to the ground. The goal is to maintain control so that all of your different body parts work together.
Visualize your backswing stopping at a 90-degree angle to your body behind you. In reality, momentum will take it higher, but if you consciously try to stop it there, it will end up being shorter than usual. A short backswing will take any flexibility issues out of play.
Follow through with your club head low and pointing at the target after you have made contact. Again, momentum will take you a bit farther, but minimizing your follow through will help with your balance and mobility. Wrapping the club around your head in a long follow-through could cause the ball to go in a wayward direction.
Adding some mild strength-training exercises will keep your muscles toned and in shape for golf.
Allow the weight of the club head to do its job and to supply most of the power.
Avoid leg, back and shoulder injuries by adding a stretching routine to your daily schedule to help restore some mobility. Consult your physician to help you choose a variety of stretching exercises to target the muscle groups you'll use when playing a round of golf.
- Avoid leg, back and shoulder injuries by adding a stretching routine to your daily schedule to help restore some mobility. Consult your physician to help you choose a variety of stretching exercises to target the muscle groups you'll use when playing a round of golf.
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