Monitoring Changes in Your Game After Improved Fitness

As your fitness improves, your game is bound to change. Hopefully, that change will be for the better, but that might not necessarily be the case at first. It is possible that you’ll need to make some adjustments before your new game starts to pay off in the form of lower scores. Golf is a funny game, and it might be surprising to you to find that your new and improved fitness doesn’t automatically mean lower scores at the end of each round. This can be true even if your shots look better than ever before.

To give yourself the best possible chance of having your improved fitness lead to lower golf scores, consider the tips below.

  • Watch for distance changes. As you get in better and better shape, it’s likely that you’ll be able to hit the ball farther than you did previously. That’s good news, but only if you are able to account for your added distance. This will be easy enough off the tee – just hit your driver down the middle and enjoy the added yards – but it can be trouble on iron shots. For instance, if you used to hit your seven iron 150 yards but now you hit it 160, some of your approach shots are going to sail over the green until you make the needed adjustment. It may be helpful to write down your new yardages as you play, taking note of any shot that flies farther than you expected. There are bound to be a few growing pains, but soon you should be able to dial up the right club for the situation at hand more times than not.
  • Ball flight changes are possible as well. You may also find that your ball flight gradually changes as you work toward better physical fitness. This is likely to be due to the fact that you should be making a better turn, and you probably have more speed moving through the hitting area. That may mean that your fade turns into a draw, or you just may hit a smaller fade as opposed to a big fade (or even a slice). Just as is the case with your distance changes, you are going to need to monitor your ball flight patterns and adjust your aim as necessary to make sure you are sending the ball accurately toward the target.
  • Stay mentally strong. If you’ve been playing golf at a lower level of fitness, you may be used to having your rounds fade toward the end. You’ve grown accustomed to getting tired on the last few holes, and it may be usual for your performance to tail off. Now that you are in better shape, that may no longer be the case. You might be able to power through to the end of the round, making great swings all the way through the 18th fairway. While that is great news, you need to make sure your mental game comes along for the ride. The difficulty of the mental game is often overlooked by amateur players, as it can be tough to stay focused until you’ve played your last stroke. With the physical ability to finish your rounds nicely now in place, do your best to continue to think clearly and play smart shots. You are only going to get the desired benefit from your improved fitness if you manage to be mentally strong as well.

The whole point of improving your fitness – at least from a golf perspective – is to change your game. The complicating factor here is that these changes might not immediately lead to lower scores. Nothing is automatic in golf, and you shouldn’t assume that your scores are going to get better just because you are fitter. It is still going to take work to post better scores, but those scores should be within reach before long. Be patient, pay attention to the changes that are taking place, and make the necessary adjustments to bring the whole picture of your game into focus.