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Add More Distance for Seniors.

Add More Distance for Seniors.

Add More Distance for Seniors.

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  We conduct 1, 2 and 3-day golf schools, hourly golf lessons, and senior golf schools—any golf instruction program your heart desires. Give us a call at 800-624-4653 or 843-237-4993.  We will be happy to book a commuter school or a package that contains accommodations, golf, and golf school.

Monthly Golf Tips by the Mel Sole Golf School.

In this month’s tip, we talk about Seniors Effortless Power in response to a request from Frank Di Vito of Charlotte, NC, who wants to know how seniors can generate a little more clubhead speed to get more distance.

Warning – Before doing any of these exercises, please consult your physician.

Flexibility for Seniors.

To make a fuller turn on the backswing, a senior golfer needs to increase his/her flexibility.  As you get older, a sedentary lifestyle will allow the big muscles in the torso to shorten and therefore restrict the backswing.  By doing these simple exercises, you can lengthen the muscles and increase your shoulder turn, which will definitely generate more clubhead speed.


Add More Distance for Seniors.


Add More Distance for Seniors.


Add More Distance for Seniors.


Easy Full Shoulder Turn.

Put a club, preferably a driver, across your shoulders and slowly turn your body as you would on your backswing.  Remember to stay bent over while maintaining the correct spine angle and then turn through as you would on your follow-through.

Continue this process back and forth for about 5 minutes, slowly extending the range of motion as your muscles stretch. Next, hold the position at the top of the swing for 10 seconds, breathe out, and turn a little further for an extra stretch.  That out-breath allows the muscles to relax, and you can get an even better stretch!

Torso Mobility 

Now, put the club in the small of your back, and repeat the process for about 5 minutes.

Add More Distance for Seniors.


Add More Distance for Seniors.

Flair out the lead foot.

The technique for us older folk.

Allow your back foot to point out at about 45 degrees at the address.  My friend and mentor Phil Ritson used to call this the Daffy Duck Stance.  But it is really effective.

This allows for a much fuller shoulder turn.


This foot position will allow you to make a slightly bigger turn.  

Add this to your newfound flexibility, and the long-lost distance should return.

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

Thanks for reading – Add More Distance for Seniors. I hope this gives you a few more yards!

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