Golf is a very popular sport around the world. Over 24 million people partake in the sport just in the U.S. alone. It is a multi-billion dollar industry and the 7th most-watched sport on television. As a participation sport, golf ranks among the top ten. Despite all this, it can be challenging for those who are 65 and older to maintain the game once played in their prime. In order to avoid injuries and still have a productive, fun time on the green, here are a few tips to follow.
Golf requires flexibility in the hips and strength in the wrists, arms, and legs. As people get older, it is harder to maintain peak fitness levels, and the body requires assistance with its flexibility. Seniors are especially prone to injury. For this reason, stretching is vital before any exercise or exertion. A typical stretch is to stand up straight, extend the arms, then slowly bend the knees as far as you can. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds before returning to a standing position.
In addition to stretching, the grip on the golf club changes as you get older. Older golfers should relax their hands, wrists, and elbows throughout the game and don’t do any unnecessary movement such as walking because you will waste valuable energy. Throughout the day, maintain good posture so your game is on-point and so you don’t strain any muscles.
Being consistent is critical, but contrary to popular belief, consistently does not mean practicing the same swings repeatedly. The true secret to consistency is being a perennial student. You should never stop learning what works for you as you get older and your body changes.
While relaxing the body, older golfers should also adjust their grip. A firmer hold will enhance their experience. Depending on whether the golfer is right- or left-handed, rotate towards the outer hand more exaggeratedly. An older golfer’s stance should be narrower because it will give a better hip rotation with the hips and the chest during the swing. In order to prevent swaying, turn your outer foot outwards. This tip is also helpful for people who sway their hips during the backswing. In addition, take your time with your backswing and don’t try to rush. Move the ball a little further away, so it’s easier to hit.