Andy North Offers Tips for Your Golf Game – Part 1
Golf game is only good when you are in good condition. Get your doctor’s OK before beginning any exercise or stretching regimen, especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle or a medical condition.
“You need to walk a lot to keep your legs strong,” Andy says. “Aim for between 5,000 and 10,000 steps a day.” Walking not only strengthens your legs, it can help treat illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and also improve mood and mobility. Measure your steps with a pedometer or physical activity tracker.
Strengthen your core
Your core (the muscles of your hips, pelvis, abdomen and back) initiates nearly every movement in your body. When you stand, turn, maintain your balance, carry something — it all begins from the center of your body and moves out to your arms and legs. “It’s so important to strengthen your core,” Andy says. “Strong core muscles can help make it easier to do physical activities, including golf. Many exercises can help you do this — sit-ups and planks are just two.” Whether you’ve played golf a long time or have recently taken it up, you might be looking for ways to fine-tune your technique. Two-time U.S. Open champion and Physicians Mutual customer Andy North offers a few tips that might improve your game — and more important, could keep you on the course for years to come, enjoying the pastime you love. Andy’s tips fit into five categories: Exercise, Stretch, Drives, Iron Shots, and Putting & Short Game.
— Andy North, two-time U.S. Open champion
and Physicians Mutual customer
“Exercising and stretching are more
important than specific golf tips.
The stamina and strength you get
from regular exercise and stretching
can help you play golf for as long as
possible, as well as do all the other
activities you enjoy.”
See more: Part 2