Overcoming the Inevitable...Aging

Mike Calbot, “The Golf Doctor”By Mike Calbot, “The Golf Doctor”
Swing Analyst and
Master Golf Instructor

Golfers need to continually evaluate and tweak their golf swings and games. And there are several reasons for doing so. The first is to improve to get to the next level. The second is to keep their current skill level from declining. And the third reason – which many of us don’t like to talk about – is aging.

As we age our bodies change and so should our swing. Adjustments are critical in order for us to continue to enjoy the game. Believe it or not, some golfers actually do not notice (or are not willing to admit) warning signs of skill decline or age-related golf problems in time to prevent themselves from hitting the big three: frustration, aggravation and embarrassment. And when a golfer becomes embarrassed, he or she often stops going to the golf course because it is too painful to play the game they once loved.

Fortunately, this can be avoided and reversed, but each case is different and requires an experienced analyst, instructor and coach, and of course time to get back on track.

Warning signs of aging issues are: major loss of distance; less than solid ball contact; pain during and after swings; fear of shots you once enjoyed hitting; shaking over shots; and difficulty taking the club away from the ball as if someone is holding you. And for some golfers – anxiety attacks before playing.

The first step in addressing these issues is to find someone who will give you a full game evaluation. This may take a few hours to a full a day. Many questions will be asked in order to determine how long the problem has existed. In most cases, it involves going to the range to hit some shots and then to the course to play some holes. Equipment will be examined to see if it is outdated or not suitable for your age or ability (which in some cases is the only issue).

The body has a golf handicap also, which can be checked by a simple Titleist Performance Institute Evaluation. After the test, a specific exercise program can be designed that will improve not only your motion and flexibility but your strength and overall well being as well. So as you can see there are many options to help any level of golfer enjoy this great game for a lifetime and avoid the big three: frustration, aggravation and embarrassment.

Mike Calbot is the Director of Instruction at Old Corkscrew Golf Club. You may reach him by calling (239) 482-0900, or visit golfdoctorusa.com or mikecalbot.com.


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