OK ladies it's go time. Finally, across our country golf courses are starting to open up so we can resume playing one of our favorite games. Although I am sure many of you are thrilled to be getting back on the course, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you are fully prepared to play golf again.
One of the most important things you need to do is to get your body ready to go back on the course. If you're anything like me you've been fairly sedentary the past few months and probably eating more than you should.
Although the extra weight you might have gained will come off, there is one thing you can do to help yourself immediately-that would be getting your body limber enough to start playing again. If you are not lucky enough to be able to go to a gym you can still do exercises at home. Set aside time each day to walk, gradually going from a fifteen minute stroll and work up to a brisk 30-45 minute walk. Along with a daily walk, which is great cardio, add stretching to your routine. There are many different Yoga and Pilate videos on TV, whether you are streaming or using cable. I would strongly suggest viewing one every day to help you stretch out your back, hips and hamstrings. Last but not least get in your yard and start swinging your clubs. If you have the wiffle style golf balls hit some of them. Practice taking swings with your short iron and work up to swinging your driver. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you are doing something!
The next thing you need to do is to prepare your equipment. I have to admit I was pretty embarrassed when I went to the range the other day and realized that I hadn't cleaned my clubs from the last time I played. There was dirt in the grooves of the club head, sand down the shaft of one of the clubs (yes, I visited the trap a few times) and my nine iron still had pieces of grass stuck to it. Is it obvious I didn't play well the last time I went out?? That being said I would strongly suggest you take some time at home and get everything ready to play. Clean your clubs, check your grips and last but not least check the condition of your gloves. Also, don't forget to clean your bag. My instructor always reminded me about the importance of removing everything from my bag, turning it upside down and knocking the debris out of the bottom. Those of you (myself included) who have not so gently put a club back into your bag after a bad shot (OK, slammed it in) know that anything on the club head lands in the bottom of the bag. You know who you are 😄
So you've done your daily stretches, started to eat a little better, swung your clubs, cleaned your bag and made a mental list of what needs to be replaced before your first round. Maybe you even have a tee time booked. Good for you! Last but not least let's look at what we're going to wear when you get back on the course. Here at Golf Gals we take golf attire seriously and we can help you with this year's latest designs. What you wear is obviously going to depend on what part of the country you're in and what your weather is like. Here in Florida since we never really have Winter we don't have to change our outfits much. For those of you that live in the North, the Midwest and the Northwest obviously your Spring is just starting so you're still going to be in your long sleeve shirts, your pants and maybe even a light jacket. I would strongly suggest again because we've been homebound for the past few months check out your clothes, check out your sizes and make sure you're wearing something comfortable.
This year we are seeing a lot of bright colors in the new designs that are coming out. We are also seeing a lot of clothing with built in sun protection which is a fabulous way to protect your skin. One of our favorite designers, Swing Control, has a beautiful collection of more tailored designs. Their fabric is a bit heavier *which is perfect for a cooler climate) and they use herringbone, tartan plaid and the classic black and white in many of their designs. IBKUL has a great selection of vibrant, louder colors if you're in a Southern climate and spring and summer is knocking on your door. Hot pink, turquoise, lime green and bright yellow are just a few of the colors used liberally throughout their selection. With many other unique designers to choose from I would suggest you check our site for all of the latest styles.
Regardless how you play or what you're wearing or the condition of your clubs, please get out there and have fun. Enjoy yourself! We need the fresh air, we need the camaraderie, we need the friendly competition. We need life to get back to normal. I myself am heading to the range this afternoon in preparation for a round of golf tomorrow. Welcome back ladies, it's time to tee it up!