It has been a tough start this spring with all of the rain we’ve had to endure. It has made playing golf rough or should I say like playing in Mudsville.
With standing water everywhere on the fairways it’s extremely tough to navigate or sludge around the golf course. Walking or even taking the golf cart is taxing on the body, mind, spirits and especially tough on the feet. Lack of support from the feet can impede function and require more physical effort.
In early spring playing golf it has got to be expected, but not when it’s almost June. Your expected to encounter a wet fairway, and these conditions do require a slightly different golf course management approach.
A wet golf ball and wet grass is going to cause a knuckle ball of sorts, and there is no room for error because of lacking for distance. Wet conditions will also cause the ball to sit down in the turf more, and when it is soft and wet the golf club will dig. The end result you will get is a face full of mud, and not distance.
You must have good fundamentals and strike the ball cleanly first on the downswing, and not try to lift the ball with your upper body with all arms. You must pick or strike the ball first with a downward arc and your face will stay clean. To prevent digging around the greens, don’t use a rounded club like a sand wedge. Use a flatter-soled club like a pitching wedge or maybe 9-iron. There is no shot in golf that you try to get under.
Another problem almost all golfers will endure is golfing fatigue. This will have a direct effect on your balance, coordination and posture. Normal foot flexibility, smooth gait and stability will all have consequences on how well you’ll play golf that day.
When complaining of difficulty in walking, inability to navigate hills or just generalized fatigue, a decrease in performance and a increase in golfing fatigue can be predicted when the foot isn’t supported by a well-made custom golf shoe.