Improving Your Golf Longevity

Johnny Belskis, Assistant General Manager

Today I went out to the range to hit some balls for the first time in 7 days. Last Sunday was the
Ryder Cup (27 holes), and the very next day I played 36 holes to fulfil my playing test
requirement for the PGA. After practicing pretty heavily for the last month, I decided to let my
clubs collect some dust.

To my surprise, I have never felt less athletic in my life than I did today on the range. My legs
were sore immediately, flexibility was nonexistent, and even had a hard time with my balance.
Normally, I stretch daily and am relatively active so I take for granted how easy it is for me to
just go and hit some balls. It was also the first time I felt OLD!! :/

My detox from the game this past week has really showed me just how important it is to look
after your body if you are someone who plays a lot of golf. This game puts a lot more stress the
body than most people realize. A simple stretch routine could be the difference between
staying healthy and having to take a few months away from the game we all love to play.
Consider finding some basic daily movements you can do to warm up your hips, hamstrings,
shoulders, back, and neck. It doesn’t have to be much, but just something that gets your blood
flowing and your muscles loose! We have some fantastic yoga instructors here in the
community, so if you are a resident that is something you may want to check out!

Thanks and play well.