What are the main factors influencing whether or not a golfer is having fun…? I am sure it amounts to many things. However, we know from our clients, that losing distance is one of the major drags for golfers over 50.
When all of a sudden the culmination of years of neglecting the body results in drives so short, that the only option left is hit long hybrids and woods into the greens with the distant hope of hitting a green in regulation.
Of course the common denominator in all these stories is “age.” As we age, we tend to lose flexibility and strength to name a few.
But does that mean we have to settle for the ladies tees, to have an enjoyable round of golf?
I don’t think so. In fact, more and more Age Defying Golfers are finding that they can have more fun, hitting longer drives, with consistent results playing golf in their 50’s and 60’s.
Here are the 6 factors you need to key into continue having fun…heck!, have more fun on the golf course this year than you did 10 years ago:
The Senior Golf Essentials
- Spine angle consistency
- Where is your weight at?
- Spine angle position
- What your right foot should be doing
- The ‘New’ X Factor
- Flat left wrist
1. Maintain Your Swing Center (Consistent Posture)
The first key factor that we always measure is how well you maintain a consistent spine angle from your address position, to backswing position, and back to your impact position.
It is so important, that I can accurately guess a golfers handicap just by knowing their Swing Center Movement Factor score.
Why is this an issue in golfers over 50? Your ability to keep a consistent spine position is dependent on how much spinal flexibility you have. People tend to rotate less in later life and so they gradually lose the rotation flexibility.
2. Weight at Impact
Weight distribution is key because where your weight is located, is an indication of where you are compared to the golf ball. And where your body is located, will affect many things in your golf swing including.
Some golfers over 50 have a difficult time transferring their weight aggressively to their left side due to either balance problems or restrictions in their hips rotational flexibility. With these mechanics, a pure golf shot is only a pipe dream!
3. Spine Angle from the Down the Line View
This is slightly different from a “consistent” spine angle. This key has to do with your posture.
If you look at the anatomy of the middle spine (the part that does most of the rotation) you will see a bony structure that allows the spine to rotate the most in a very specific position. If you have good posture, your back is in this position.
(When we are looking at this spine angle, we are looking at the lower back to the mid back. The upper back and neck should be inclined forwards moderately).
Piano instructors are not the only ones concerned with your posture, your golf instructor should be too. It’s a big deal!
4. Right Foot Position in the BackSwing
This is basically an indicator of lateral sway in your backswing. Golfers over 50, who have lost power due to stiffness, often use sway to supplement that power. But it just doesn’t work very well. The more sway you have in your backswing, the less likely you will be able make it back to a good impact position and hit the ball squarely.
5. The ‘New’ X-Factor
As opposed to the original X-factor that Jim McLean proposed some years back. If you draw a line through both of your hips and a separate line through both of your shoulders, they will make an “X” in the backswing and impact position. The bigger the difference between the two lines and the more powerful your swing will be.
The difference in power is merely a mechanical position. However, if you are over 50 you might need to add a stretch or two in order to achieve that small mechanical advantage.
Roger Fredericks calls this position the “2-cheek” position because at the point of impact, you can see both of Tigers…um…posterior cheeks.
6. A Flat Left Wrist
There isn’t a pro golfer in the world that does not achieve this position and you should to.
Thanks for Reading!!