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5 Things you do not have to do to be a good golfer!

5 Things you do not have to do to be a good golfer!

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Most PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players work out in the gym. (There are a few exceptions.)

5 Things you do not have to do to be a good golfer!

And spend lots of range time working on their games.  Improving their technical skills and hitting the ball further are all things they work on.  Why?  Because they are competing against the best players in the world.  You are competing against your buddies at your local club level or if you are like me, just competing against yourself, trying to score well that day!  

Peter Kostis has worked with many of the top players in the game, and according to him, a lot of these things are not necessary at the club level.  Work on your game, yes.  Do some stretching, yes.  Try and have a perfect swing, no.  Try and hit it really far, no.  Read what Peter has to say via GOLF.com.

No one wants to see the game grow more than I do. That’s why it’s important to make the sport less daunting, especially for new players. There are many misconceptions about what it takes to become a more accomplished golfer, and abiding by these ideas will hurt, not help, your game. So allow me to debunk some “myths” once and for all. Here’s what’s absolutely unnecessary to becoming a better player.

MYTH: YOU’VE GOTTA HIT THE GYM.

5 Things you do not have to do to be a good golfer!

Don’t get me wrong—I’m in favor of a fitness routine to improve your quality of life (or your golf game, for that matter), but getting ripped is definitely not a requirement for shooting lower scores. (How often did you hear about Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan working out?) Tour players need to be able to walk dozens of miles every week, but you don’t. For the weekend golfer, stretching (to increase flexibility and avoid injury) is a more important focus.

5 Things you do not have to do to be a good golfer!

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MYTH: VIDEO EQUIPMENT AND LAUNCH MONITORS ARE ESSENTIAL TOOLS IN A QUALITY LESSON

To determine whether or not you had a good lesson, ask yourself one question: Am I hitting the ball better at the end of the session than I was at the beginning? Don’t let today’s technology fool you into thinking that you’re improving. Launch monitors and video equipment can make a bad lesson seem better than it was because they generate so much information. In fact, stats-based analysis can overcomplicate your issues rather than solve them. An instructor’s advice is often a more practical guide to improvement.

MYTH: YOU SHOULD SWING LIKE A STAR

5 Things you do not have to do to be a good golfer!

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This one’s a killer. You wouldn’t play with a Tour player’s clubs, so why would you emulate their swing? Rory McIlroy is 26, and like him, many Tour players are at their peak flexibility and strength. These are not swings that most recreational golfers can impersonate. If you have to look to a model, I’m a fan of older swings, like Sam Snead’s, that let players turn freely and avoid stress on any one part of the body. Still, it’s best not to copy anyone. It’s smarter to focus on a better turn and your hand action. Improve what you already do well.

To read the other 3 things you don’t have to do to be a good golfer, go here!

Source: Peter Kostis   GOLF

Pictures: GOLF   Getty Images

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