Why Play Golf

Why play golf?

Warm up for more distance

Golfers will do just about anything to increase their distance on the course. Whether it is a new practice tool or the latest driver, nothing seems too extravagant when in pursuit of a few extra yards. But what would you say if you could gain extra yardage (as much as 45 yards on carry distance of a driver!) for next to nothing? It may sound simple, but here is the alternative strategy for more distance — a warm-up routine.

In other sports, people instinctively warm up their bodies up in preparation for the activity ahead. But golfers do not, and that is a mistake. What many players forget is that golf is similar to sprinting. It is a very explosive action that culminates in a lot of force travelling through the body over a short period of time.

As we know, you wouldn’t see a sprinter stroll out to the track to compete without performing an appropriate warm-up routine. However, in golf there is a stigma attached to warming up on the range before teeing off. It is time to change that if you want more distance.

Static or dynamic stretching?

Research shows that static stretching is not useful as a warm-up as it can reduce power output. If you want more distance, this is not good. Instead, evidence suggests that dynamic stretching can increase explosive power. For example, in studies jump height and power output has been shown to increase by 14%. This research is relevant to golf because the forces we create and transfer to the clubhead start by pressing into the ground — just like in a jump test.

Researchers have demonstrated that a dynamic warm-up with a resistance band can significantly improve performance. One study demonstrated that a warm-up is more beneficial than buying a new driver! After completing dynamic stretches or a resistance band warm up, golfers increased their distance by 37.5 and 44.5 yards respectively (compared to the distance of 20 shots hit without a warm-up routine).

Of course, increases like these aren’t guaranteed, but don’t be surprised if you are swinging the clubhead a little faster following an effective warm-up!

Contact Shannon today for more details on incorporating a warm-up into your game!

Shannon Morehouse, PGA
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI Level 1 Certified)

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A roadmap for developing your game

Let’s say you’ve been playing for a while, but your game has hit a plateau. Where do you go from here? One thing we do know —  more of the same probably isn’t going to change your game around. To point you in the right direction we have put together a road map based on how we see the most improvement in our golf students.

The first step is figuring out a plan to improve your game. Commit to a series of lessons and work with an instructor (Change Golf Instructors) to evaluate weaknesses in your technique (long or short-game). Develop a plan to correct these issues.

As you are working on your technique, it’s important to keep playing and keep track of your improvement. Technology has made this a lot easier with myriad options for keeping statistics on your phone. Share these statistics with your instructor to make sure you are working on the right corrections.

After you have completed your private lessons, take some time to get comfortable with your changes (10-20 rounds). And when you feel ready, sign-up for a beginner golf class. Our 5 x session classes will review your ball flight, swing corrections and short-game. They also provide valuable supervised practice sessions to keep you on track. Check out our schedule here.

Of course, this is just a guide. We’d be happy to work with you individually and develop a plan to help you meet your golf goals. Contact us anytime — we’d love to hear from you!

Sue Shapcott, PGA

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Beginner golfer learning roadmap

New golfers often don’t know what their progression as golfers should look like, or how much it is going to cost them. This blog will explain hat to expect as you navigate your way to becoming a golfer.

The best way to start is with a 5 x session beginner class ($100). You will learn the basics and get an introduction to the short-game techniques (golf class schedule).

After the classes, it’s time to venture onto the golf course and experiment. To help facilitate your playing, consider joining Change Golf Instruction’s community. We have monthly golf outings and clinics that you can join ( join now!). You can supplement this stage of your development with skill-building group classes ($25/session) or private lessons (from %40/30 minutes).

After playing on the course for a while, it’s time to further develop your skills. Our 5 x session intermediate classes are an ideal way to do just that  ($100). We regularly update our schedule, so check out dates that works for you (golf class schedule).

Of course, we can always develop a program that fits your individual needs and schedule. Just contact us!

Sue Shapcott, PGA

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Different name

Different Name, Same Service

In 2017, Sue Shapcott changed the name of her Madison based coaching business from ‘Golf Revolution’ to ‘Change Golf Instruction.’ Other than the name, everything else stays the same! Read about the history of the business HERE.

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Tiger’s motivation

The Future You

About one month before his 40th birthday, Tiger Woods gave a very uncharacteristic press conference. His demeanor was humble and downbeat and he lacked the focus and goal-orientated rhetoric that has defined his interviews over the last 20 years. He stated that his recent back surgery would sideline him indefinitely. For many, the press conference symbolized what many experts had speculated for years — Tiger is done.

Golf Digest, December 2016

Sue Shapcott & Jenefer Husman

Read more HERE!

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Women golfers

Women Golfers: Wired to Fail?

Have you ever wondered why such a high percentage of women leave the game of golf before they’ve had a chance to become any good at it? If you said money, time and family obligations, you’re probably right. But a graduate study by British PGA Professional Sue Shapcott out of Arizona State University shows that new women golfers are also predisposed to believe they’re going to fail at the game.

Read more HERE in the Golf Digest article.

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Lessons are great, but are you doing them wrong?

Lessons are great but…

Quit beating yourself up for mistakes. You’re supposed to be making them (Golf Digest, November, 2016).

“If you’re always trying to prove to other people that you’re good, or that you’re an athlete, you’ve made the game very exhausting for yourself–especially if you haven’t been able to be open to instruction in the past,” says Change Golf Instruction’s Sue Shapcott in Golf Digests’s article about taking golf lessons.

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