- Take Fitness Seriously
Oh, you do 30 seconds of stretching before you tee off? Good for you! That's not enough. Check that, that's not nearly enough. A full daily stretching routine will do wonders for your flexibility (a winter of sitting at your desk hasn't done your swing any favors) as well as help prevent injuries that could end up shortening your season. And don't stop with stretching. Golf Digest fitness guru Ben Shear says golfers should work on core strength. And if you're building strength, you're helping to add distance. In Mark Broadie's book, "Every Shot Counts," he says a 90-golfer is 70 yards shorter on average than a pro golfer, leaving the less-skilled golfer a longer approach. From 100-150 yards out, that golfer will hi the green nearly half the time, but from 150-200 yards, that drops to just 26 percent.