Tag: PGA Professional Dave Boivin

Stabilize Your Game – Exercises to Improve Your Golf Game

Golf is physically demanding game. Your body has to be fit to play your best. That means doing specific, yet simple, golf exercises to tone muscles, increase flexibility and boost endurance. If your body isn’t ready, your golf will suffer and getting out on the golf course can set your body up for injury.

The focus of the Golf Conditioning Stabilization program is to improve neuromuscular efficiency (brain muscle communication), increase postural control, improve muscle length-tension relationship (LTR) and improve intrinsic stabilization of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex to allow for the expression of functional strength. Trying to develop dynamic stability and/or power without developing static stability first would be detrimental to your performance. To improve your golf performance you must first develop static and dynamic stability.

Use the following exercises to develop your core stability and improve your golf game. Every golfers needs are different and not all bodies are alike. SAC Elite Golf is an individual program that can teach you additional methods for strength and power, which can add additional yards to your drive and ultimately lower your handicap. Remember, making sure you communicate your goals with your trainer is important to achieve better golf fitness.

Golf Tip: Reading Greens and Putting

It is important to take time to learn to read the greens in order to make the appropriate adjustments to your stroke. When judging a green, the latter half of a putt is much more important than the first half of the putt. This is due to the fact that the ball is losing speed as it travels across the green. When a putt loses speed, the characteristics of a green have a stronger influence on the path of the ball. To master distance control, you must learn to read the green and play your stroke accordingly so you place the ball close to the hole, or sink a putt in fewer strokes.

SAC Elite Golf Weekly Golf Tip: Putting with Confidence

If your putts are coming up short, or nearly miss the hole, you may need to build some confidence in your stroke.

A drill that helps you build confidence in your putting stroke can be easily arranged on a practice green. Simply place a club horizontally in front of the hole (at the back/leading edge of the cup) so you have to cross over the shaft when attempting to make a putt. Once the club is set in this position, move away from the hole and square up to the shaft of the club. Take a few strokes to attempt to make a putt with the ball hopping over the shaft. It should take you a few strokes to find the right amount of force to put into your stroke. Once find this “sweet spot”, take away the club in front of the hole and see how your new stroke feels compared to your old stroke. You should see that you have a more confident putting stroke that places the ball a little further in to the hole.

Demonstrated at Kayak Point Golf Course

The Best Way to Lower Your Golf Handicap

One of the best ways to lower your handicap in Golf may not be to improve your equipment but to improve the function of your own body. The Golf swing is a dynamic movement, which requires balance, flexibility, strength and power. It must be performed with exact precision over and over throughout a round to achieve a good score, thus requiring a significant amount of muscular endurance as well.

What is separating the top performing, most consistent golfers today is their level of fitness. Lets take a look at each of the fitness components mentioned above and see how each relates to the sport of Golf.

Balance in Golf can mean two things. It is the ability to stay in control on your feet throughout the swing without falling over or having to take a step out to the side. It also refers the muscular balance of your body. If your muscle groups are out of balance they are overly tight in certain areas and overly weak in other areas. It is important to identify these imbalances and correct them with proper flexibility and strength training. This can improve your accuracy and consistency.

In order to create the range of motion necessary for a proper swing you must be flexible. Specifically the muscles that stretch and allow your torso to rotate must have the proper flexibility.

Strength and Power are the two components that work together to produce clubhead speed. Strength is the ability to move a certain load and power is the speed at which you are able to move that load. A golf is swing is a prime example of both of these factors coming in to play in order to hit the ball with your club and hit it far.

Lastly, endurance is your ability to repeat the same muscle action over and over without losing strength or form. When your form starts to go in golf it is pretty easy to predict what will happen, thus making endurance training an important component of any golf fitness program.

Golf season is here, and what better way to spend your time here at the SAC than improving your fitness to play this great game! All of these fitness components combine to play an integral role in making consistent accurate golf shots. It is important to remember that you can affect and improve all of these with the time you spend in the gym.