(WXOW) -- It certainly doesn't look and feel like it outside, but now is the perfect time to start training for golf season according to Snap Fitness trainer Jordan Rudolph.
"You want to make sure you give your body enough time to adapt to be ready and get you there."
Rudolph said proper training works in phases. It starts with building joint stability and mobility.
"Making sure the ankles are stable enough to allow you to stay planted," said Rudolph. "So, that's kind of where we work on balance."
From there, it's strength and rotational training to build speed and power into the swing. Rudolph emphasizes, however, skipping phases of the program could cause those pesky problems on the course.
Rudolph said, "Maybe that's why you actually slice because you're using more shoulders, which should be the mobile part, but you're using it as a stable part."
Still, pre-season training doesn't have to be all work and no play. There are those times when you just need to take some swings. Fortunately, there are still some places around the area where you can do just that. Places like Northland Golf and Ski and Golf Headquarters offer an indoor oasis for the winter-weary golfer, although Rudolph cautions against simply swinging away in the off season.
"Maybe once a month just to get a refresher in there. If you think about it, it's like any other sport where there is an off season. I think if you talk to any football player or basketball player professionally, when it's the off season, there's a time when they don't touch a basketball or football," said Rudolph.
Instead strive for balance to help find balance when the golf months finally do roll around.
And anyone craving even more of a taste of golf season should make sure to check out the Greater La Crosse Golf Show this weekend:
- Where: Stoney Creek Inn, Onalaska
- When: Friday, February 28 (2-8 p.m.) Saturday, March 1 (9-5 p.m.)
- Cost: $5 adults, $1 children 12 and under, $8 for 2 day pass
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