Back Exercises for Golf

Back Exercises for Golf

As the weather cools down almost everywhere else in the country, South Florida becomes the hot spot for snowbirds to stay warm for the winter. At Deer Creek, we know many people will be eager to dust the snow from their golf clubs and get out on the course. Golf is considered a safer, accessible sport, but it requires skill and concentration above power. This doesn’t mean injuries can’t happen. 

Lower back injuries are common in amateurs. If the player has a poor swing and lacks training, then the likelihood of an injury can be higher. Our experts at Deer Creek have some tips for back exercises for golf to help prevent injuries and keep your back safe. 

Golf Swing For Bad Backs

The leading cause of back injuries is poor swings and not having the proper conditioning. The way golfers swing can cause stress on the back if the player leans forward too much, twists, and bends on the side. These pressures can be minimized by using our tips and some of the best stretches for golfers.

Swing Tips:

  • Slow down your swing, even when swinging through the ball
  • Stand just a few inches closer to the ball 
  • Turn your inside foot out; this will help get the hip to turn
  • Choose narrower stance
  • Play the ball to the center of your stance
  • Taking a shorter backswing will prevent the spine from twisting too much
  • Let the outside heel float 
  • Keep weight balanced

Best Exercises For Golf

Deer Creek’s experts have put together some exercises to help strengthen your back to relieve some of the back pain after golf or before! A lot of the following exercises have a lot to do with strengthening your core to help strengthen your back. 

Planks

This is one of the top exercises we recommend! All it takes is holding a pushup position. Start by tightening your torso so that your stomach doesn’t sag to the ground. Hold this position for as long as you can, rest, and repeat. For beginners, start by holding it for 10 seconds at a time. 

These can be done weighted or with body weight and can be done without a gym membership and equipment. 

Seated Rotations

This type of exercise can help limber up the lumbar spine, which will help keep your back safe with every swing. Rotation is a major part of golf; it’s almost everything! 

To do this exercise, sit in a chair or on a bench, grab a golf club, and hold it on your shoulders behind your neck. This will keep your posture good during the exercise. Now, without moving your hips, slowly start to turn your upper body side to side, stopping at the center each time. Repeat ten times. This can also be done as a warm-up before tee time!

Glute Bridges

This is the type of exercise not only for the core or lower back; it also activates the gluteus maximus muscles and stretches the hip flexors. There is a condition called an anterior pelvic tilt; this is when the “wing” of the pelvis points down toward the floor. Pelvic tilt can lead to problems with walking mechanics and lower back pain.

Contact Deer Creek Today! 

If you are interested in learning more about our golf tips are ways to improve your game, check out our golf school or contact us today! And if you are ready to join our family, you can learn about our memberships here.

What Is a Good Gift for a Golfer?

What Is a Good Gift for a Golfer?

The holiday season is fast approaching, and it’s just about time to start shopping for your favorite golfer. With Black Friday and other holiday deals in the market, you can get them exactly what they want or need for a good price. Our Deer Creek Golf Pro Shop is home to a variety of equipment and attire for any golfer. We stock brands like FootJoy, Titleist, Nike, Adidas, TaylorMade, and more!

But what is a good gift for a golfer? Our South Florida golf club experts can help you figure out the perfect gifts for golfers! 

 

Perfect Gifts for Golfers

If you are shopping for an avid golfer, you might have some trouble deciding what to buy. There are so many things that could be on their wish list – a GPS watch, new shoes, new clubs, a laser rangefinder – their list might seem to go on forever. Instead of shopping blind, the best way to approach buying for them is to start with equipment or clothes that could improve their game and look. Below is a look at some of the perfect gifts for golfers. 

 

Garmin Approach S60 Golf GPS Watch

There are many GPS devices available to use when you come to play our course. However, the Garmin is one of the easiest to use on the links, load up the course, and display the golfer’s distance from a number of positions on the course. This device will allow them to avoid hazards! It includes many other precision tricks, too. 

 

Nikon Coolshot Pro II Stabilized Rangefinder 

Some golf carts are GPS loaded for the course they are on. If that is not the case or it doesn’t seem accurate, then a great golfer gift is a rangefinder. This will help golfers take matters into their own hands and be able to see the slopes. Reading the slopes provides a more accurate reading. This specific model also self-stabilizes to offer more precision. 

 

SKLZ Golf Swing Trainer Warm-Up Stick

Whether they are a pro or just getting started, this gift can help any golfer improve their golf swing. From their swing game to their tempo and even to their strength, this is a gift that can help it all. Giving the gift of practice on top of booking them a round of golf with us will make any golfer happy this holiday season. 

 

Name-Brand Golf Gear

At our Pro Shop, we offer many different golf brands. If your favorite golfer is in need of new golf attire, we are the place to go! There are various shirts, shorts, and other clothing that are specifically designed with golf movements and environments in mind. Proper golf attire is important in the golf world and helps each golfer’s game. 

 

Contact Deer Creek Today! 

Once you get your golfer all set up for their next round of golf, check out our tee times and rates! You can also contact us today to learn more information about our course and Pro Shop.

The Best Golf TV Shows to Watch

The Best Golf TV Shows to Watch

With the spread of a pandemic, many golf courses have closed to protect their patrons and staff. Our South Florida golf course is once again open to the public, but we understand that some of our guests may not be ready to return just yet. The coronavirus may be keeping you off your favorite green, but there’s no reason why you still can’t indulge in the game of golf from the comfort of your couch! Our South Florida country club wants to share the best golf tv shows to watch while at home. (more…)

Meet Collin Morikawa: The Next Tiger Woods

Meet Collin Morikawa: The Next Tiger Woods

Photo credit: Golf.com

The 2020 PGA Championship occurred August 6-9 at TPC Harding Park, but this year it was a little different. There were no in-person attendees at the 2020 PGA Championship. With no fans in sight, Collin Morikawa made the golf tournament even more historical with his final send off to his maiden major title. But who exactly is Collin Morikawa, and how did he make history this past weekend? Learn more about the new golf champ from our golfing experts at our South Florida golf club.  

Who is Collin Morikawa?

Collin Morikawa is the 23-year-old golfer who won the 2020 PGA Championship. In 2019, Morikawa graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration.1 Morikawa is from Los Angeles, California, and turned pro in 2019.1 At only 23 years old, he is truly making history with his golf skills.

Collin Morikawa broke records last Sunday, August 9, when he shot the lowest closing 36-hole score. In fact, he posted the weekend with rounds of 65 and 64 being the lowest. Morikawa’s 129 total is being compared to legends like Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, and Marc Leishman.2 Morikawa has already been compared to Tiger Woods several times this year with his nearly matched consecutive cuts, which kick-started his professional golf career.2

Winning the PGA Championship at only 23 years old has happened only a handful of times before. Gene Sarazen and Tom Creavy were PGA Tournament winners before they both turned 23.3. However, legends Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy were all winners at the same age as Morikawa.3 Morikawa’s six-under-par 64 in the final round of the golf tournament helped him win the number one spot.

What’s Next for Collin Morikawa?

While the 23-year-old has just made history with his PGA Championship win, this is only the beginning for his career. Collin Morikawa has now qualified for the Tokyo Games in 2021.4 He went from being an alternate on the U.S. Olympic team to now landing a number two spot.4

Collin Morikawa’s career does not stop here, and it’s only the beginning point. The 23-year-old professional golfer will continue playing golf and taking each week as they come. According to Morikawa, “I love golf. I love every part of it. I love being in this position and I love just being able to come out here and play with a bunch of guys that love the sport, too.”5

While Morikawa’s career blossoms, you too can practice your skills with our golf membership deals. For almost 50 years, the golf course at Deer Creek has served the South Florida community and beyond with our state-of-the-art golf course. Brush up on your skills by checking out our golf tips for beginners. Contact us today at 954-429-0006 to book your tee time and experience our championship signature course.

 

Sources

  1. PGA Tour – Collin Morikawa
  2. Golfdigest – PGA Championship 2020: Collin Morikawa breaks major mark shared by Tiger Woods
  3. Sporting News – Collin Morikawa, 23, emulates Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy with first major win
  4. Yahoo Sports – Collin Morikawa jumps into projected Olympic golf field
  5. PGA Tour – Morikawa comes of age at PGA Championship
COVID-19 Update: Golf Course Reopening

COVID-19 Update: Golf Course Reopening

The global COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses and citizens to shut down and go under a lockdown. Since mid-March, Deer Creek Golf Club has been closed. However, as of April 29, 2020, our golf course in South Florida has reopened and is ready for you to play again.

Broward County has given the authorization to re-open golf courses for play, on a limited basis, and under very stringent requirements to maintain social distancing and strict sanitation protocols to ensure your safety and wellbeing, as well as that of the staff. These requirements and protocols will significantly impact what we can do as well as the services we can provide to you and will result in a drastically different experience than what we customarily provide.

To ensure compliance with these requirements, our entire staff is being rigorously re-trained and instructed to adhere to the new operating procedures. To remain open, we must follow these rules. We need your cooperation to do so. On the bright side, you will again be able to enjoy this most wonderful game and the great outdoors as our golf course reopens.

COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

Before you can jump back into the swing of things, please familiarize yourself with the golf course at Deer Creek Golf Club’s COVID-19 rules and regulations listed below.

Clubhouse and Check-in

  • Players will be responsible for bringing their golf equipment to a designated area. Our golf course staff will not be transporting any clubs or other equipment.
  • Signage outlining the required social distancing guidelines will be placed outside the pro-shop and clubhouse.
  • No indoor events will take place.
  • Clubhouse entrances will be closed with no public access.
  • Payment will be made by credit card only.
  • Staff will always wear masks and gloves.
  • There will be no locker room or bag storage. Only golf course restrooms will be available.
  • We will encourage only one person in each restroom at any time (signage placed).
  • Each cart and any rental equipment will be cleaned and disinfected before players’ usage.
  • All sand containers, scorecards, pencils, towels, or other shared materials will be removed from golf carts.
  • Driving-range hitting areas will be spaced at least 10-feet apart.

Note: Management reserves the right at any moment to limit play or close off sections of the golf course, including the short-game area or driving range, should players not comply with social distancing guidelines described above and/or other recommendations noted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Golf Course Preparations

  • Cup Modifications:
    •  The cup will be raised an inch above the ground to prevent the ball from going in the hole to prevent flagpole touching
  • All water stations will be removed.
  • All ball wash units will be removed or locked down.
  • All range-balls will be cleaned, with water and soap, after every pick-up before making them available for golfers. Baskets will be sanitized after each use.

New Local Rules

  • One player per cart. There will be no exceptions.
  • Carts will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Players may elect to walk if they do not wish to wait for carts.
  • Rakes in all bunkers and carts will be removed:
    • USGA suggests golfers “rake” with their feet instead
  • Players will be asked not to touch or remove flagstick from the cups at any time
    • Any putts that hit the cup or noodle will be considered holed
  • All players must always stay at least six feet apart; a course ranger or other staff member will monitor player compliance on the course. No Shotgun starts will be allowed.
  • Walking is allowed while maintaining social distancing requirements.
  • All golfers are required to leave the golf course immediately after playing to prevent congestion and gathering on the property or in the parking lot.

Food and Beverage

  • Restaurant entry will be closed.
    • No sit down-areas will be allowed for eating.
    • Staff will be required to wear a face mask and gloves.
  • Beverage Cart on the Golf Course:
    • Beverage cart staff will always wear face masks and gloves.
    • Signage will be placed on beverage carts stating that no player will be allowed to touch anything on the beverage cart.
    • Only the cart attendant will distribute items from the cart.
        • The beverage cart attendant will place purchased items on the opposite side of the player’s golf cart in order to comply with social distancing requirements.
        • For players that are walking, the beverage cart attendant will place the purchased items on the ground and the players will pick it up, per the social distancing requirements.
        • In addition to beverages, the cart will offer a limited food menu.
  • Players will be asked to pay with a credit card; the cart attendant will wipe down the credit card machine after each use.

Contact Our South Florida Golf Course

We understand there are a lot of new rules and regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These updated changes are not only to benefit you but also our entire staff. We must come together to overcome these times and collectively be safe. As our golf course reopens, we can’t wait to see you, from a distance, of course. Call us today at 954-421-5550 to begin making tee time reservations or contact us online.