Spring has sprung, the sun gets warmer with every day, the birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom. This is a beautiful time of year to be on Hilton Head Island, and the perfect time to brush the dust off those clubs and get swinging in preparation for the best season of the year: golf season!
We spoke with the golf pros at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort to get some tips on how to get ready for the upcoming golf season so that you can get right back into the swing of things on your next golf getaway.
Tip #1: Loosen Up
If you’ve been away from the greens all winter long, you’re probably tempted to head straight for the driving range, but before you do make sure you warm up to reduce the risk of injury. Try some arm and leg swings and dynamic torso swings, followed by a series of practice swings, warming up from a half swing to full swing before you even tee up. It’s also a good idea to stretch before and after your round whenever you golf, but especially for the first few rounds of the year.
Tip #2: Get Your Equipment Up to Par
Your golf gear should help, not hinder. So take inventory of what you have and what you might need. Give your grips a good clean, or even get some new ones! (You won’t believe the difference a properly sized grip can make). Get your wedges tested for loft and bounce. You could even book in with SwingFit when you first arrive at Palmetto Dunes to get a full club and swing analysis!
How are your golf shoes holding up? Is it time for a new pair—or at least some new cleats? Why not do a quick spring cleaning of your golf bag, replenishing anything that is running low and wiping out last year’s grime.
Tip #3: Practice Your Grip
Now's the time to reacquaint yourself with your golf clubs so relax, grab your clubs and practice your grip. Take care to notice your stance, where you're tense, and spend some time practicing some swings until you're back to feeling perfectly comfortable.
Tip #4: Putt ‘Er Up
You don’t need a golf course to practice your putting—a crucial part of your game—so take the time to work on your short game before your season starts. Start practicing your putt from two feet and gradually increase your distance, or consider using some putting aids to help you regain and improve your accuracy and consistency.
Tip #5: Find Your Touch
Putts aren’t the only swing worth practicing; you can also reacquaint yourself with chipping and pitching using some simple practice exercises and one-handed drills. While you practice your swings, pay attention to your fundamentals—breaking down your swing to build it back up again will have you starting your season off strong.
Tip #6: Stay In Shape
Maintaining a base level of fitness in the off-season can make a world of difference once you get back on the greens. If you like to walk (or bike) your courses, keep your cardio up with regular walks, jogs, or bike rides. Keeping your glutes and core strong will do wonders for your drives—and comfort level—when you get back at it. Exercises like deadlifts, squats, and Russian twists are excellent for maintaining stability in these areas.
Tip #7: Set Some Goals
As we all know too well, golf is a game of patience. So before you launch into the golf season, consider making the time to come up with some realistic, measurable goals to work on over the summer. Throughout your golf season, why not start tracking your stats by recording not only what you shot, but why you shot a particular number. Use your scorecard or a golf app to track stats like number of fairways hit, number of putts, so you can start to really see where your strengths (and weaknesses) lie.
Tip #8: Start Planning!
Find the golf package that is right for you and start planning your Hilton Head Island golf getaway! Here at Palmetto Dunes, not only do we have three award-winning golf courses for you to play, our incredible golf instructors offer clinics, lessons and golf academies throughout the week (and year!).