With golf soaring in popularity in the face of national stay at home orders, many people are considering taking up the sport again. If you haven’t played in years due to injury, a busy work life, or simply lack of interest, it may seem like a daunting task to get back into golf. Fortunately, it’s not as hard as it seems to start playing golf again.
Getting back into the swing of things is easier than you may think. Even from home, there are ways to practice and improve your game. Once you start, your muscle memory will do half the work for you. Here are our expert tips for getting your body and mind to acclimate to playing golf after years away from the course.
Start at home
Getting back into golf isn’t necessarily a matter of getting the best equipment and the best trainers. You can easily work on your grip and practice your swing at home. Be sure to stretch to allow your body to warm up before practicing.
In addition to working on your physical skills, sharpening your mind is essential to improving your game. Reading about golf strategies and mental techniques can help you enter the headspace to succeed on the course. Once ready to get back to playing on the golf course, your mental discipline will help you persevere and perform to the best of your ability.
Getting out on the course
Practicing at home can only take you so far. Eventually you will have to get back out onto the course. For some people, getting back into golf is like riding a bike—something you never truly forget. For others, it might be frustrating to feel like you’re underperforming. But the struggle to improve is part of what makes golf so enjoyable.
Many people describe golf as a game you play against yourself, and beating an old score is always satisfying. But in order to beat a poor score, you have to start by scoring poorly. It may feel disappointing in the moment, but all that means is you have a chance to do better than you did before.