Golfing tips from golf pro Shelley Woolner

Get ready for golf season with these expert tips.

Ready to hit to the links this summer? Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or new to the sport, Canadian golf pro Shelley Woolner shares her tips for preparing for your best season yet.

Fitness counts

Even though golf doesn’t appear to be physically demanding, it is. If both mind and body are fit, you will get more out of the game and play better as a result. Keeping up regular gym visits during the season and focusing on cardio, flexibility and strength training are key. Practise yoga to work on calmness, concentration and core stability – all of which will help your swing.

Take the plunge

There are a number of necessary components for a good golf game. When it comes to equipment, women often refrain from buying expensive gear until they improve their game. But, it’s worthwhile to invest in a few good-quality pieces. Begin with a driver and consider a rescue club to replace a long to mid-iron. Then add a 56 degree sand wedge if you don’t have one already.

Your feet

It’s important to take care of your wheels – and not just the ones on your golf cart. While playing 18 holes you’ll be walking at least four miles on all types of terrain, so be kind to your feet and go for footwear that offers comfort and support.

Read up

During April showers, take advantage of time inside by watching a video or reading a book about the psychology of golf. Favourites include: Golf is Not a Game of Perfect (Simon & Schuster), Every Shot Must Have a Purpose (Gotham) and Yoga for Golfers (McGraw-Hill).

Go to golf school

Starting off the season with instruction is extremely beneficial. There are many options ranging from private lessons to full-day golf schools. Check out Links for Women, Canada’s national golf program designed exclusively for women, for clinics in cities across Canada.