How A Golf Trainer Can Help Take Your Game To The Next Level
Having a golf trainer in your corner to give you guidance, motivation and ongoing, cutting-edge golf fitness information will put you leaps and bounds above your playing partners and competitors.
Tip: Give every shot 100% of your attention. You don’t want to let anything around you alter your success, don’t let any unsuccessful shots or something like water make you worse.
An experienced golf trainer will be able to diagnose your current level of fitness, physical limitations and prescribe the right program for you in which you will make the most of your time and money.
I hear so many horror stories of a ‘general’ fitness trainer calling himself a golf trainer only to end up making the client (golfers’ ) game even worse.
How discouraging would that be?
Tip: Memorize the details of the ball you are using for each round. Many golf balls look alike, so you don’t want to mix yours up with your opponents.
A qualified golf trainer will not only have the appropriate education and background, but have a deep understanding of the golf swing and mechanics. And be able to apply his/her exercise physiology knowledge to the benefit of the golfer.
Tip: It doesn’t matter how big the distance is, when you land on green go ahead, and look at the area around and see if there’s a divot mark, if there is repair it. A ball that lands from a great height can leave behind a dent in the dirt and damage to the grass, causing problems for anyone who may have to putt the ball over it.
Upon meeting a potential golf trainer you should ask some golf-specific questions to test the golf trainers’ knowledge of golf. You’ll know in less than one minute if they in fact do know something about the golf swing. If you have the least bit of hesitation, move on to the next golf trainer until you find one you feel will help you the most.
Now the bad news!
Tip: To get more out of a golf swing, don’t have over-active legs. Your legs are important to shift the weight and give you power, but if you over do these movements you might not have as much speed, and you will not get as much distance.
A golf trainer is a specialized professional and will not be cheap. Most of you will not have the the luxury to have a golf trainer one time, let alone 3 to 5 times a week, every week. This would cost in the thousands of dollars every month.
Tip: Miss-hit golf balls that have been lost abound on any golf course. Save your expensive balls for the big competitions or those special occasions, but don’t waste them on everyday games.
The average, ‘qualified’ golf trainer will charge anywhere from a low of $40 per session to a high of over $250. The more experienced the golf trainer, the more they will charge.
So what are you options if the above scenario is a little too out of your economic reality?
Tip: Check the club head – before you buy a used golf club! If a club has been overused, you can tell by the shiny, worn spot on the head. Clubs that contain such spots will hit the ball much less effectively than a new club.
The next best thing is to get some golf fitness videos (dvds) that take you through the entire golf fitness session from start to finish…including stretches, warm ups, cool downs and advice.
Tip: Each golf club in existence has it’s own “sweet spot.” When you hit your ball squarely with the sweet spot on the face of the club, your ball takes off with perfect accuracy.
This is the next best thing to having a golf trainer in person. I have been fortunate enough to receive hundreds of emails and letters from golfers who have greatly benefited from this format of training.
Tip: When practice time is at a premium, focus on the short game. Focus on perfecting your chipping and putting skills.
There are not too many fitness and/or fitness videos (dvds) on the market that take you through an actual workout. Most of them show you the exercise and discuss the do’s and don’ts.
Tip: You should find a way to get through the problem, rather than trying to overcome it. Eventually it may become something you can use to your advantage, adding to your unique playing style.
What you really need is a fitness videos (dvds) that takes you step-by-step through the workout so you have an idea of proper technique, pace of the session and a huge sense of satisfaction when it is done.
Tip: Flexibility in the arms is important in order to have a great golf swing. While arms are not everything when it comes to a golf swing, adding muscle can help add a little extra power.
Then to have the wherewithal to put that video (dvd) back in the player in 48 hours and do it again. And again. And again. This will give you the best, most quickest results.
Tip: Take a few moments to meet the people you are playing with and avoid starting an entire round with a group of strangers that haven’t received introductions, it can become awkward or distracting. Each golf game lasts about four hours, so it is a very social game.
You really want to make sure it is a ‘complete workout’. Not just exercises and then you have to figure out how to put them together in a workout format. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased workout videos only to have to figure them out on my own.
What a big waste of time and frustration!
You want “plug-and-play!”
Tip: Don’t stand or hold your club in an unnatural position. If it feels uncomfortable, you probably won’t be able to play well.
So there is hope to finally have a golf trainer in your home on a weekly basis. One that will motivate you and inspire you to continue and strive to be the best you can be.
Go out and get your very own golf trainer!