In a world with many sports, it can be difficult to settle on just one – and why should you? By partaking in multiple different sports, you can gain flexibility and strength that will continue to aid you in your golf game.
There are many workouts you can do at the gym or at home to better your golf skills. Hamstring stretches, weight lifting, and precision training can all benefit your game. However, you can also enhance these skills outside of the weight room by playing another sport. If you’re looking to become a better athlete all around, try these sports and activities to have fun and work toward a better body that will be golf course ready.
We’ve all seen new golfers try to swing a club. They often struggle to truly turn their bodies and keep their shoulders in line. Their hips don’t naturally turn at the right time with their cores, and it looks a bit awkward. Watching the pros golf is a different story. They look so graceful. Part of that smooth movement comes from flexibility, and one of the absolute best things you can do for flexibility is to practice yoga. Take a yoga course, or even attempt hot yoga if you are feeling ambitious and want to burn extra calories. Ensure that you stretch to your comfort level, but don’t take it too far. Yoga helps your body and your mind, and you can’t reap the benefits if you’re being too competitive with yourself. Sounds a little like golf, doesn’t it?
If your neighborhood or office has a softball league, you might want to consider joining. Many baseball players can transition to be excellent golfers. The rotation of the body during the swing of a baseball bat is similar to the swing of a golf club. By playing baseball, you can work on the twist of your body and the strength of your swing. They are different – you can’t use a driver the same way you’d hit a home run or pitch a fastball. But the muscles you utilize can be strengthened and toned with practice. Just remember the difference when you try to hit a golf ball at the range!
There’s a reason tennis is a common staple at country clubs. Golfers tend to also enjoy tennis! It’s a wonderful exercise in hand-eye coordination and it provides opportunities for one-on-one or teamwork play. If nothing else, challenge your golfing buddies to a match of tennis and strengthen your bonds and competition. On the physical side, tennis requires a significant amount of arm movement and will tone your arms from your shoulders to the grip of your hands on the racket. If you try tennis, you’ll also get the elevated heart rate/cardio element that your golf game might lack.
Another hand-eye sport that combines recreation with muscle memory is bowling. Sure, it can be a casual activity for a birthday party – but if you actually get into bowling and become competitive, there is a world of detail you might be missing. The form of a bowler and the precision that goes into each throw could make bowling a cousin to range play. Additionally, bowling requires strategy. Once you’ve knocked some pins down, you have to determine which play would benefit you most, and then you have to execute that play. Plus, bowling means more fancy balls and shoes, if that’s your thing. If you’re seeking a more casual and recreational activity off the course, try bowling. It’s super family friendly as well, so bring the kids!
Jordan Spieth is one of the best golfers in the world, but he also has history as a quarterback, pitcher, and point guard. Arnold Palmer enjoyed bowling. Phil Mickelson tried out to be a minor league pitcher. Incredible golfers don’t just exclusively golf, they play numerous sports. If you want to become a better golfer (and a better athlete), consider picking up an additional sport on the side.
If you’re looking for a workout in the comfort of your own house, read Indoor Golf Drills to Try at Home.