Deer Creek Golf Club understands the importance of continuously adapting your golf swing and game to your body as you get older. Our experts have put together some golf tips for seniors and older golfers. For more golf tips you can also check out our blog!
Let’s say you’ve been golfing your whole life and plan on continuing into your “golden years’ as a senior golfer. You’ve worked so hard on your game and as we age our bodies start to change, whether it’s loss of flexibility, your swing not going as far as it once did, or your stamina has diminished, there are many ways for senior golfers to feel like they’ve lost their skills.
Here are a few ways to help combat the parts of aging that can hinder the game.
Older Golfers Tips and Tricks
Throughout this blog, we will break down our tips into three different categories:
- Tips for The Game
1 – Take Care of Your Body
Regardless of your age, taking care of your body and staying in your best physical shape will always benefit your golf game. Here are a few ways to take care of your body and increase the longevity of your gold game.
Flexibility and Strength
The first step in golf fitness is flexibility and strength. Flexibility affects your swing, so focusing on stretching exercises. Other fitness exercises to increase flexibility will be extremely beneficial. When it comes to strength, there are many exercises to build up the specific strength needed for golf:
- Single Leg Hip Circles
- Highwire Shoulder Raises
- Single Leg Chipping
- Split Power Jumps
- Squat Med Ball Rotations
- Half Kneeling Resistance Band Rotation
Warm Up Before Each Round
Before you play, arrive a little earlier and warm the body up. Do some warm-up stretches and get your body moving, start with some practice swings with a short iron, then a medium iron. Just get a few good stretches and swings in to get the body ready.
Don’t Over Warm up or Play
As much as it is important to prepare the body, it is equally important to listen to it. Don’t over warm up or over play and exhaust your body before the game even begins. Find a pattern of play that works for you!
2 – Equipment Matters
What you play with is just as important as how you play. It is important to choose your equipment carefully.
Clubs and Balls
The key to this is the shaft. Here are some ways to make sure your clubs fit perfectly to your needs:
- Get fit for a senior shaft, they are available in different flexes that can help get some distance back into your game as the swing speed may slow.
- Move to a hybrid alternative instead of the long irons.
- If you aren’t a long-established golfer then it is best to keep a selection of wedges in your bag.
- Have the proper putter length, for a correct setup, the eyes should be positioned over the ball.
- Check your grip size as well. If you struggle with arthritis then adjusting your grip size can help. A midsize or jumbo golf grip size can be the solution and make things easier on the hands.
- Find the ball that suits your game. The ball that professionals use isn’t the best idea for older golfers. A ball that has low compression with a rating between 70-80 will match up with a slower swing speed and help improve distance.
3- Game Strategy
As golfers get older, their game should be redesigned to fit their abilities over the years. With our golf lessons and more, seniors can continuously audit and go over their fundamentals such as good posture, grip, stance, and alignment.
The fundamentals also involve embracing a shorter backswing, working on your follow-through, and making sure you transfer your weight.
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If you have more questions about our course, tee times, and golf tips for seniors, contact Deer Creek today!
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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.
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.
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.
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  are great for improving the flexibility in your hips.
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!
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Tips for Golfing With Dad on Father’s Day (And Doing it Well)
The best way to spend time with your dad on Father’s Day takes place at the same location you took your mom to for brunch! Instead of sipping mimosas in the clubhouse, you can hit the greens with dad. At Deer Creek Golf Club, our location is perfect for celebrating with both parents! The truth is that like our moms, dads just want to spend some quality time with us and maybe do a little outdoor activity too.
Dad’s love golf, it’s the perfect opportunity to drink some beer and enjoy the weather with his favorite child. We assume that’s you, and if you take him golfing for Father’s Day, it definitely is you! What more could a father ask for? The only aspect that could possibly damper this Father’s Day plan is your being afraid of embarrassing yourself in front of your dad. We got you covered on that front and are going to provide some tips on how to get prepped to not embarrass yourself in front of your dad on the golf course.
Go Get Some Practice at the Driving Range
Take some time to hit the driving range before you go golfing with dad. Even if it’s just to get some pointers or shake the nerves off, be sure you are prepared to golf with dad on Father’s Day.
Remember None of It Matters
The most important part of Father’s Day is spending time with dad. So, make sure you do just that. This might be the perfect time to actually bond with him. Let him give you some advice about golfing, let him give you a little grief about your bad putting technique, but most of all, don’t let him win. If there’s one thing that dads hate, it’s a pity round of golf. If you beat him he’ll be proud, if you lose he’ll be happy. There’s no downside.
No matter what, we encourage young men to take their father’s out for a day on the course. And if you are ready to have fun with dad, give us a call and play your best round of golf with dad on the best South Florida Golf course you haven’t tried yet.
Golf News Update: Olympic Golf May Not Happen
Any golf fan who may have been excited to watch the sport take to the Olympic games is going to be disappointed. According to the latest news surrounding the sport of golf being added to the 2016 Olympics, there have been more false starts, stumbles, and duffs on the road to legitimize Olympic golf that it is almost expected to fail miserably.
Deer Creek Golf Course in Deerfield Beach, Florida reported last month that there was a brief glimmer of hope for the sport when Rory McIlroy joined the Olympic roster of golfers headed to Rio. However, earlier this month, McIlroy confirmed that he would not be going amidst concerns about the Zika virus. Mcllroy’s renunciation has caused golf fans and championship golf courses across the U.S. to lose hope in the sport’s participation and success in the 2016 Olympics.
What’s more interesting: The Zika virus has not affected one single person involved with the Olympics in Rio so far. Even more interesting is the fact that no other athletes in any other event at the Olympics have withdrawn because of concerns about Zika. Male golfers are the only ones that are refusing to play because of Zika; every other athlete in the entire competition will be there, including female golfers.
Some South Florida golf courses say that the Zika virus is being used as a smoke screen for the real reason why male golfers are refusing to play in the Olympics. Rumored reasons are that Rio is too far, the Olympics is not part of golf culture, and the main reason is that there are too many majors occurring during the same time, which are more important to their careers. The U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championships, Fed Ex Cup and Ryders are coming up and many golfers may want to take a break and relax or mentally prepare for those championships instead.