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Can The Weather Affect Your Golf Game?

Living in the UK, we are used to the random elements. Sometimes we get wet and windy weather, other times we get scorching sunshine. Although warm weather is welcomed, golfers soon realised that the heat can be a handicap, just like bad weather. When the sun is strong, you are at risk of getting burnt, being dehydrated, and sunstroke. This, along with exhaustion and loss of energy, can ruin your golf game. However, on a more positive note, warm, sunny weather can affect the ball for your advantage. When the temperature rises, the golf ball can fly further away as the air isn’t as heavy. The distance can also be affected by how the ground is, because if the weather is hot, the ground may be dry and harder, therefore the ball might roll away further than usual and our swing may feel better.

 

Unfortunately, we can’t always get the weather we want, so we need to adapt. If it is windy, for instance, a golfer will have to choose either a lower or higher club number. If it’s raining, most golfers will choose not to play, but if they are then they may find the wet weather causes troubles with their grip. The ball won’t go as far and the grass will get damp, potentially causing a slipping hazard for their shoes. The ball could also get trapped in the mud, causing issues. If the weather is cold, then you may find your muscles can get stiff, affecting your swing. This is particularly if you need layered winter clothes, something that could hinder your game. Overall, you can’t always judge how the weather will be, but you can adapt and be ready for the elements. For the best Golf coaching in Torquay and Paignton, call Neil Holman golf.

 

Important Psychological Skills For Golf

One important skill to have whilst preparing to play golf, is the ability to be able to focus on your game, and concentrate on what you’re doing, as this will improve performance. Focus is an important skill to have, as the more you have, the higher the advantage you will have against the competition.

 

Sometimes pressure can get to you, and make you anxious. This can make it difficult to focus, so if you’re not ready in the first place, it will limit you further. Therefore you need to be able to confirm what you wish to focus on, be it practising or strategies. The more you practice training, the less likely you are to get nervous under pressure. This will be helped more if you are aware of your surroundings and your thoughts haven’t drifted away. We can’t control our thoughts, so being self aware is important, so we can concentrate on what we are doing at the time.

 

Sometimes in order to improve our skills, we need to push ourselves out of the comfort zone. By keeping ourselves calm and our senses sharp, we will be at our best. However if you give in to nerves, you will find yourself struggling to swing the golf club properly and unable to concentrate.

 

Remember to be kind to yourself. Criticism can be harsh, which can cause you to give up even with potential. Having the confidence to keep going is important, as sometimes your biggest critic can be yourself. Optimism is a great characteristic to portray, as learning from any ups and downs will help push you to success on the field. For more help with visualisation and Golf coaching in Torbay, call Neil Holman today.

 

Playing Golf Can Benefit Your Health!

Golf is an outdoor sport that can get you in the sunshine, and absorbing vitamin D! Vitamin D can help to improve your health in various ways, (such as caring for your bones, and muscles) and being out in the fresh air can boost your mood.

 

People who are outdoors often, may find they are at less risk of long-term health problems, such as blood pressure, digestion problems, and obesity.

 

Golf can be a sport that is enjoyed alone if you wish, as well as in teams. When you play by yourself you don’t need to keep score, and can keep to your own pace. But if you enjoy a little competition, then a challenge with other players can be an exciting opportunity, as well as raising your confidence and self-esteem in a social sense.

 

Golf can be beneficial to your mental health too. A game can help to reduce stress, and release endorphins. It can also help teach precision, and improve your focus. Muscle memory will be improved, as well as your hand-eye coordination. So, as well as a health benefit, golf can also be great for strengthening your skills. To arrange your own Mizuno personalised golf fitting in Torquay, call Neil Holman golf today.

Bubba does it again

Bubba Watson claimed his second Masters Title in three years at Augusta, with an easy win after he let a three-shot overnight lead go. When Jordan Spieth holed out from the bunker at the front of the 4th green on Sunday afternoon, Watson trailed the 20-year-old by two, however Watson matched Spieth’s birdie two and moments later, the battle between the previous major winner and fresh-faced pretender had commenced. This match continued until the crucial period when Spieth stumbled from eight to five under from the 8th tee to the 12th green, when Spieth left his tee shot at the 12th short and in Rae’s Creek, Watson had reclaimed the initiative Watson sat at seven under by the end of the same stretch, which he added to with a birdie on a 13th hole where a combination of power and skill. By the end Watson confirmed his total of 280, which was eight under par and three better than both Spieth and Sweden’s Jonas Blixt. A three-stroke lead on the 72nd tee was comfortable enough, even for this jittery and emotional character. Watson still took three-wood, just to be safe.