5 Ways Senior Golfers(Golfers Over 50) Can Play Consistent Golf

One of the most difficult issues that golfers over 50 struggle with more than younger golfers, is golf consistency. In this article we will tackle the top 5 issues you can address today, to achieve tour-like precision and consistency. Incidentally, regularly striking the sweet spot is one of the top issues affecting power and distance.

Consistent ball contact is really about executing the correct mechanics. As we have discovered, mechanics are much more difficult to execute when the body is limited by age related factors. Many golfers struggle with this. Golfers enjoy hitting the ball beautifully one day and spend the next frustrated wondering where their swing went….

It seems that this is one of the primary reasons golfers fail to drill down and work on mechanics. Because, every now and again, it all comes together and they hit the ball great. They tend to believe they just need to keep practicing instead of exploring the root cause of the swing problem and changing the swing.

Remember this, every so often, the stars will align and golfers can play a fantastic round of golf with bad mechanics. But there exists little margin for mistakes – all the components must be working perfectly. This is the reason why the player has difficulty playing consistently good golf.

In contrast, the golf player with a sound golf swing can even strike the golf ball “well” on an off day…when the stars do not align. With good mechanics, you have a greater margin for error.

In summary, if you take the time to correct your mechanics, the odds are in your favor and you can still play well, even if you are having a “bad” day. However, the player who does not master the following mechanics, will tend to only play well when all their idiosyncrasies, are working in perfect timing. The result: no consistency.

1. Let Us Begin With the Quick Tips

The following tips are easy and simple to incorporate.

Quiet the Legs: Regardless of how sound your golf mechanics are, having over active legs will ruin your golf consistency. Over active legs are hard to control and very difficult to be consistent with.

Focusing on quiet legs is also one of our top tips to salvage a bad round of golf. Give it a try the next time you are having a difficult time with golf consistency.

The second quick tip is to relax your hands, wrists, and elbows. Again, a flawless golf swing is no match for stiffness in these key joints that control your release into the golf ball.

2. Head & Spine Movement is Much More Difficult to Control in the Senior Golfer

Loss of flexibility is a big issue with senior golfers because in order to maintain their range of motion, they have to stretch. Some do and some don’t. Basically, you want your body to be in a consistent position while you swing the club: you want pure rotation and minimal side to side movement and up and down movement with your body.

Golfers over 50 struggle with this more due to bad posture.

If golfers are unable to keep their mid-back flat in the golf swing, the spine will not be able to rotate very much. When this occurs, most golfers over 50 have to stand up in their backswing and then flex down again in their downswing. PGA pros do this on purpose in the golf swing to add power but it is very difficult to be consistent with for the average every day golfer.

 

Stretch your harms forwards, sit back on your heels, hold for 30 seconds.

Stretch your arms forwards, sit back on your heels, hold for 30 seconds.

 

In addition, golfers over 50 tend to lack enough neck rotation to keep the head still in the backswing. As a result the head rotates and pops up. As far as I am aware, nobody on the planet purposely moves their head this much and it makes consistency extremely difficult.

3. Right Foot Position at the Top of the Backswing

Again, one of the keys to golf consistency is to eliminate excessive and unnecessary moving parts. A key component of this is to prevent backwards swaying in the backswing.

Many times swaying is caused by limited right, or trail, leg hip flexibility. Either way, a simple method to control lateral sway is to make sure you feel your body weight stay on the inside of your trail foot at the top of the backswing.

If you feel your weight travel to the outside of the foot, than you are likely sacrificing consistency. The age old drill that you can use on the range, is to have a golf ball under the outside of your back foot while you swing and hit balls.

Just remember to allow your back foot to come off of the ball as you transition to impact and follow through.

 

Place golf ball under outside of back foot. Take some practice swings and hit balls. Remember to allow your foot to come off the ball naturally in your follow through.

Place golf ball under outside of back foot. Take some practice swings and hit balls. Remember to allow your foot to come off the ball naturally in your follow through.

 

4. Wrist Position at the Point of Impact

At the position of impact, the lead wrist needs to be flat and the trail wrist needs to be “cupped,” or bent.

If the lead wrist hinges, also known as “flipping” because the club moves in front of the hands, the club head will bottom out, or reach its lowest point behind the ball, instead of in front of the ball as desired.

This increases the odds that the golfer hits the ground and takes a divot before hitting the golf ball.

 

Left picture is correct. Right picture shows early release and cupping of the left wrist

Left picture is correct. Right picture shows early release and cupping of the left wrist

 

The golfer is also more likely to hit the ball thin because if the the club head reaches its lowest point behind the ball, it may only ascend to the golf ball.

As a result, the ball will typically be hit low on the club face missing the sweet spot, or worse, hitting the leading edge of the golf club.

When the leading edge hits the ball, it will roll on the ground (topping the ball) or result in low screamers that fly past the target. Either way, it is nearly impossible to be consistent unless your wrists are in the right spot.

5. Weight Distribution from Impact to Follow Through

One characteristic that all great iron players and swing methodologies have in common, is where your weight should be centered at impact and follow through.

 

Weight Distribution at Impact

Weight Distribution at Impact

 

The reason why your weight should be positioned more forward at impact, is the same reason given for wrist positions: to allow the golf club to bottom out after you hit the ball. A descending blow in which you take a divot AFTER hitting the golf ball. If you hang back on your back foot, the club head will bottom out before the ball.

Except The Driver
This is true with the exception of the driver and some tee shots. With the driver, you want to hit the ball on an ascending path. But you can get away with this, with consistency, because the ball is on a tee instead of being on the ground.

Finally, even with the driver, your weight should naturally finish on your lead foot with only the toes of the trail foot touching the ground.

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Check these keys for tour-like precision and reliable results!

Thanks for reading!

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One Response to 5 Ways Senior Golfers(Golfers Over 50) Can Play Consistent Golf

  1. Emilia October 3, 2016 at 7:21 am #

    Excellent commentary about the changing golf scenery. Indeed, the world offers changed and is in lots of ways noticably much much less formal. Golf is dropped in its past but still run by individuals white supremacists referred to as the USGA who don’t possess a clue how to get new golfers.

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