Master the Course

Finishing your round strong

By Scott Szymoniak
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How many times have you had a good round going, only to let it slip away towards the end? Are you tired when you are finished with your round? There are many factors that can contribute to this, but three things really stand out:
General Conditioning
It’s no secret that the tour players are in great shape. We often hear a lot about their workout regimens, and a big part of that is what they do to improve their cardiovascular performance. If you want to improve your game, improve your cardio. You don’t have to go out and start training for marathons, but making little changes to your daily routines – like taking stairs instead of elevators or going for a brisk walk in the evening – can lead to better performance on the course. For me, there is nothing better than throwing a few clubs in a little carry bag and walking nine.
Nutrition during your round
This is a simple concept, but so often abused. If you want to finish your round strong, then you need to be hydrated and energized. Drink water throughout your round, and when you come to the halfway house make a smart decision on what you put into your body as this will affect your mental and physical condition coming down the stretch.
Good swing mechanics
Efficient golf swings do not take as much energy to create and are easier to repeat. This also leads to fewer practice swings throughout your round, not to mention helping improving the pace of play. A player that makes compensations throughout his swing will only be able to manipulate them for so long, and at some point it will break down. Seek the help of someone reputable to help you identify the flaws in your swing and work to become more efficient at striking the ball.
Any one of these things alone will help to improve your game, but combining all three will take your game to places it hasn’t been. There is no better feeling than finishing a round strong and creating momentum for the next time you tee it up.
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Scott Szymoniak, PGA


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Urbana, IL

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