Golf Exercises for Seniors

Being a senior, you’re most likely craving to get active and fresh air. What better way to do so than by playing golf! As a popular sport among seniors, it’s a great way to spend time with friends and family while benefitting your health. However, if you want to get the most out of your golfing session, try out these golf exercises for seniors to improve strength and flexibility.

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Stretch and Strengthen Ankles

Let’s go from the bottom up! While in a seated position, rotate your ankles (both clockwise and counterclockwise). To stretch your ankles even more, try out calf raises. Though it seems like you’re not stretching your ankles directly, it’s also important to stretch out the surrounding muscles.

Quadriceps

Improve your balance and rotation mimics with this quad stretch and torso rotation. This exercise for seniors will benefit their golf swing. You can also use a wall to help you balance yourself while doing this exercise.

Hips

To strengthen your hips, do squats and lunges. Stretching your hips can contribute to a better range of motion when golfing. Doing hip drops and seated hip stretches [1] are great for improving the flexibility in your hips.

Shoulders

Using a rowing machine at the gym or doing dumbbell rows can strengthen your shoulders. If the dumbbell rows are too intense, opt for a very low weight or none at all. Work your way up from there to get stronger shoulders. Give your shoulders a good stretch by doing easy rotations back and forth to improve range of motion.

Yoga for Senior Golfers

When you think of golf, yoga doesn’t come to mind. Nevertheless, it’s a great way to warm up fifteen to twenty minutes before your game. The chair pose strengthens your ankles while improving your balance. If you want overall strength, the warrior pose targets your arms, legs, ankles, and core.

Golfing is a popular sport, especially among seniors. You deserve to enjoy the sport and strengthened, flexible muscles can help with that. Yoga for senior golfers is a great way to start your game while golf exercises for seniors to improve strength and flexibility can provide long-term benefits for your golf game. Want to know more about golf exercises and yoga for senior golfers? Feel free to contact our South Florida golf course!

Sources:

[1] Mayo Clinic – Golf Stretches

Jack Nicklaus Sends a Heartfelt Thank You to Glen Abbey

Jack Nicklaus Sends a Heartfelt Thank You to Glen Abbey

Jack Nicklaus, 78, the Golden Bear, tweeted a special acknowledgement to the organizers of the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.

“Best wishes to @GlenAbbeyGC as they wrap up @RBCCanadianOpen — the 30th time my 1st career solo design has hosted since opening in 1976. I never won the Open (7 runner-ups) & Barbara kept sending me back to get it right. Still, Canada & Glen Abbey hold special place in my heart!”

Over his illustrious career, Nicklaus has played on South Florida golf courses and other courses all over the world. Though his career is winding down, the Golden Bear still has a lot to offer the golfing community, including the occasional advice to newcomers and youngsters.

Nicklaus, who is known as one of the best golfers in the history of the sport, offered these words to a semi-major that he competed in just last week.

Recently, Jack offered some advice to a fellow golfer, an up-and-comer we have all herd of: Rory McIlroy. Nicklaus told McIlroy “infatuation with Firestone spans generations as PGA Tour prepares to leave Akron” [1].

Nicklaus comes from an age of golfing legends like Gary Player and Arnold Palmer. He played at a time of golfing giants, from the late 60s through the 70s, and into the 80s. These were different times for golfers.

There were no electric golf carts, championship purses were far less, and golfers weren’t known to be in peak physical condition. It was a pure time for golf.

This tweet from Nicklaus is another reminder of the old days of golf. Golf legends still walk to the earth, and we should do better to watch them perform. See Nicklaus’s next tournament to witness a real golf legend play.

Sources:

[1]: Ohio.com – From Jack Nicklaus to Rory McIlroy, infatuation with Firestone spans generations as PGA Tour prepares to leave Akron

Golf Snacks That Lower Handicaps | Deer Creek Golf Tips

Golf Snacks That Lower Handicaps | Deer Creek Golf Tips

You are what you eat, so don’t be a pack of nuts and a pitcher of beer! These days, dietary responsibility is a part of all sports. Golf snacks can and do indeed lower handicaps. The energy, the focus, and the general well being that your diet can have on you will improve your game.

Back in the day, championship golfers had a gut, and some were in less-than-championship-shape. Some historians and long-time golfers credit Tiger Woods with creating a health-conscious golf craze in the late nineties.

Even to this day, Tiger’s usual routine on tour is to eat healthy, get lots of rest, and lift weights every day. Though the specifics of his weight regime have changed since his back injury.

Is it just a phase or is there merit to this? Nutritionists and young golfers say that health conscious living improves your game. But you be the judge. Try these golf snacks for starters and see if you notice the difference.

Almonds

Don’t just go and get a bag of mixed nuts; that ain’t going to cut it. Mixed nuts tend to be salty, and you should avoid salt at all costs because it will dehydrate you and make your joints less forgiving the next day.

Almonds are the perfect golf snack because they are filling, and the natural fat content gives you an almost instant burst of energy.

Breakfast Bars

Cheap, convenient, and made to give you a pep in your step. Breakfast bars are a great golf snack you can store in your pantry for ages. So even if you don’t know when you are going to go golfing next, you can stock up just in case.

Cheese Sticks

Cheese sticks are a great light snack around the third hole. The natural fats are a good form of energy, and there is no sugar, so you don’t have to worry about crashing. Yes cheese sticks are good golf snacks, and for some golfers they are great sources of energy and fat.

We recommend eating them soon into the game because if you are out on a sunny Deerfield Beach golf course, or anywhere else with high temperatures, that cheese stick will not be good for long.

Unsweetened Ice Tea/ Arnold Palmer

Drinking on the course is part of the fun, everyone knows that. And who are we to recommend you don’t have fund on the course?

Having a few beers is a great way to golf but if you are looking for ways to improve your game and to be more energetic on the golf course, then you must also be well hydrated. Take a water bottle with an Arnold Palmer and a few ice cubes.

The Course is No Place to Starve

The wrong thing to do is not eat at all. Spending the day doing a round of 18 is taxing; even the fittest golfers would agree. So not eating is just a bad idea. Make sure you bring something, and if worse comes to worst, buy something at the snack bar or club house.

Quick Ways to Stay Focused on The Golf Course

Quick Ways to Stay Focused on The Golf Course

 

The secret to stay focused on the golf course has as much to do with what you are doing on the course, and what you are doing off the course. Mental focus is a pyramid, built brick by brick. The good news is that there are quick ways to get focused on your local public golf course the next time you play.

  1. Develop a Mantra

Self help gurus like Time Ferris and Tony Robbins all use mantras to stay in the zone. They use these mantras before going on stage, but you can use these mantras to focus on your putting technique.

The quick way to get into the zone is to use a song, something you can hum, or even just sing along with in your head.

Get it? Got it? Great!

  1. Put the Beer/Cocktail Down

Really? You want to stay focused on the golf course, but you are 4 beers deep before the back nine? It’s not going to happen. Mental focus while golfing requires clarity.

Save the drinks for the 19-hole at the clubhouse.

  1. Evaluate the Course Before Your Turn

While your opponent is swinging, take time to evaluate the course or putting green. You’ll get a few extra minutes to start focusing so when you are up to swing or putt, you will already be 2 steps into your focused Zen.

  1. Dress Comfortably

You know what really gets in the way of your mental focus? Not feeling comfortable. Your golf clothes, shoes, and gloves will all play an important role in allowing you to stay focused on the golf course.

Avoid wearing clothes or hats until you have had a chance to walk around with them. Take any new golf clothes to the driving range first and test them out.

 

Goodbye Summer Golf, Hello Winter Golf!

Winter golf in South Florida

For many golfers in the northern part of the U.S. golf season is coming to an end. It is a sad time indeed. But it doesn’t have to be. Golf season for South Florida golf courses is just beginning and winter golf memberships are here. You won’t have to skip a beat; simply plan a golf trip to South Florida and visit Deer Creek Golf Club!

Winter golf in South Florida is summer golf anywhere else in the U.S. We have the weather, the golf courses, and the staff to make our green feel like home.

Here’s what you need to know about winter golf memberships at Deer Creek Golf Club:

  • Memberships for winter season begins October 15 through May 15, 2018.
  • Single winter golf memberships are priced at $3,495 and couples can take advantage of the Husband/Wife membership for $5,950.
  • Unlimited golf over the winter season ($26.00 Cart Fee Only including tax)
  • Six- day advanced tee times on the Deer Creek TifEagle, championship South Florida golf course.
  • Special guest fees so you can play with friends and family on your turf.
  • Bag storage and locker for convenience.

The advantage of Deer Creek winter golf memberships doesn’t end at the course, our members also receive:

  • 10% discount on clubhouse food where you can enjoy a round on the 19 hole in style.
  • 10% off regular priced golf shop merchandise so you can take advantage of the latest golf styles.
  • Discounted rate for the driving range and practice greens.

Deer Creek summer golf memberships are still available and will be until the summer golf season ends on October 31. If you have any question about your South Florida golf trip, winter golf memberships or anything else at all, please talk to a member of our staff who will be happy to help: 954-429-0006.

 

U.S. Open 2017: New Venue & New Rules

The 2017 U.S. Open is going to break hearts and break records when it commences Monday, June 12. This year, the PGA Tour fixture is being marred by some changes that have upset vocal golfers over the past few weeks.

The New Venue for the U.S. Open

This year’s 2017 U.S. Open will be held at Erin Hills. This quote from the Erin Hills’ website explains why that’s such a big deal for golf courses that don’t require memberships everywhere. 

Erin Hills will be the sixth public-access course to the host the championship (joining Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Bethpage, Torrey Pines and Chambers Bay).

The problem? Well, this is going to break records as the longest U.S. Open in history. Already, golfing pros have come forward and urged the United States Golf Association change the course. A lot of golfers agree that Erin Hill is not a challenge, including Adam Scott.

It’s “just plain brutal” in terms of skill level, Scott said.

The USGA has decided that the 2017 U.S. Open will, indeed, take place at Erin Hills this year. 

New Rules for the U.S. Open

The legendary Jack Nicklaus said in a recent interview: “I think that the USGA has gotten away from their identity with what they’re doing. I do.” Nicklaus is referring to the golden era of golf, when the US Open was a real test of skill. Perhaps, this remark came from the reports that too many pro golfers were complaining about the 2017 U.S. Open’s new venue.

The past few USGA tournaments have borne witness to what same may call a lack of competence and tact in deciding new rules and delivering decisions.

Two most recent examples would be Dustin Johnson’s penalty and Lexi Thompson. Read more about the most famous golf controversies in golf.

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