How to Become an Ageless Golfer

By Steve Silverman

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You have been playing golf for decades, and the results have been good. You have always enjoyed the game and done well competitively. However, as the years have gone by, some of your distance has disappeared, and the game has become more of an effort. Nevertheless, you want to continue to enjoy the game well into your senior years.


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  1. Maintain good conditioning during your senior years. Older people who fall out of condition often find that all activities are more difficult than they once were. However, by exercising and staying in shape, you will be able to maintain much of your ability to compete on the golf course.
  2. Do stretches before you head out to your first tee. The ability to swing your club smoothly and effortlessly is largely determined by your flexibility. One of the top stretches involves holding one of your clubs in the crook of your arms behind your back. As you lock it into place by moving your arms forward, twist to the right and follow that up with a twist to your left.
  3. Make sure you do core exercises when you are away from the golf course. Use an exercise band to maintain strength in your upper body. Take a 24-inch exercise band and hold it in front of your chest with your arms about shoulder length apart. Pull it about 12 inches on both sides and hold the position for a count of three. Repeat the exercise 10 times.
  4. Use longer clubs than you once did. By increasing your swing plane, you can make up for the loss of club-head speed and maintain much of the distance you once had.
  5. Go to the driving range and practice. While you have been playing golf for many years, practice is essential for seniors who want to remain competitive at golf.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.