Three things you should be doing to improve your swing during lockdown

  • May 1, 2021
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As we wait for direction on resumption of sporting activities, it is definite that the month-long layoff has taken a toll on your game. Though it may have been a welcome break for those who may have been struggling with their game, players who were in tip-top shape will experience challenges occasioned by the long layoff majorly on full swing fundamentals and the touch around the greens.

Here are three things that can help you to stay in good shape pending resumption of golf:

Read for mental strength

“Golf is a game that is played on a five inch course- the distance between your ears”- Bobby Jones

Whereas scoring in golf is much dependent on your swing, the mental game and attitude are a major contributor to your final score. Read about the mental side of the game during the ongoing lockdown-induced break. Read books by renowned sports psychologists to improve your mental strength.

Watch elite pros in action

There’s a lot of action taking place on the PGA and European Tour. Just by watching elite players in action, you can really improve your game. While at it, you should be keen on the following aspects:

  • Pre-shot routine
  • Rhythm and tempo
  • Alignment and balance
  • Reaction to a bad shot or hole
  • Course management 

Every time you are in front of the screen, pick out a specific element that you would like to lookout for in order to improve your game.

Practice indoor drills

With limited or no access to outdoor practice, golfers can still stay in good shape by utilizing spaces within their homes. The indoor drills should be fashioned to address:

  • Full Swing
  • Putting
  • Chipping

These can be improvised using home items like pillows/cushions, net, sticks, chairs etc. depending on the space and specific drill.

Practising the indoors will ensure that you have the much needed trust in your swing upon resumption. The drills should also address grip, ball address and swing positions.

So ensure that you remain in good shape as the countdown towards the resumption of golf commences today.

Meanwhile Kevin Bradley and Sam Burns enjoy a four shots lead going in to today’s third round of the Valspar Championship.  Burns and Bradley shot -8 and -5 respectively in yesterday’s round to close the day at -12 on a day big players led by Phil Mickelson failed to make the cut.

Defending champion Paul Casey’s dream of winning the tournament for a third successive time to join the “PGA Three-peat Club” of Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Stuart Appleby, faded further after the Englishman shot level par yesterday for -3 gross to settle in T33 position.

World no.1 player Dustin Johnson continued with his struggles despite shooting -3 yesterday to move up to T33 one shot ahead of World no. 2 Justin Thomas who’s even round yesterday left him in position T41 just a shot above the cut off mark.

Among the elite players who missed the cut are Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner, Sam Horsfield and Duncan Willet. 69 players made the -1 cut mark.  Since 2003, the cut has always been at over par save for two occasions- 2011 and 2012- when it dropped to even par.

Watch the action live on DStv or stream on the DStv app. Visit www.dstv.com to subscribe or upgrade and join in on the excitement.

Valspar Championship broadcast details

All times CAT

Saturday 1 May

19:00:  LIVE on SuperSport Golf

21:30: LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand

 and SuperSport Golf

Sunday 2 May

19:00: LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand

and SuperSport Golf

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