Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Don't Let Your Game Go Cold in Winter

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Don't Let Your Game Go Cold in Winter

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If you can't get to a warmer climate to work on your golf game this winter, don't fret. There are things you can do in frigid St. Loo to keep your body, swing and even your equipment in reasonably good shape.

Vic Aliprando and Jon DePriest of Spencer T. Olin Community Golf Course in Alton offer some practical tips to keep you sharp.

"We all have a tendency to become couch potatoes this time of year," DePriest said, "so it's important to stay as flexible as you can throughout the winter.

"Stretching is the best way to do this. Concentrate on your back, legs, arms and upper body."

Any stretching program should cover the hamstrings, calves, trunk, shoulders and quadriceps.

John Davis of Davis Health Management in St. Louis specializes in golf fitness and has taught exercise physiology in various sections of the Professional Golfers' Association of America.

Davis developed a program called "Get Fit for Golf," which deals with the major areas of conditioning, "namely, cardiovascular, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and nutrition."

Those who wish to undertake a comprehensive golf-fitness program would be wise to consult with an expert such as Davis or one of the many fitness centers or sports medicine clinics in St. Louis.

"Another way to stay flexible and maintain muscle tone is to swing a weighted club," DePriest said.

As far as your golf swing, a great drill is to hit plastic balls into a net.

If you lack adequate space and-or a net, a garage will do, DePriest says.

"It's a good place to work on the swing plane," he said. "Face a wall. Bring the club down the target line, which actually is the garage wall. This helps to eliminate the tendency to come over the top or create an outside-in swing path that can develop over the winter when we don't play."

Winter also is the best time to regrip your clubs and to purchase equipment.

You will find tremendous savings on 1993 merchandise at various pro shops and discount shops as they make room for this year's products.

Expected to be big sellers in 1994 are the Tommy Armour 855 driver, Ping Zing 2 irons and Arnold Palmer's PHD irons, which Senior PGA Tour player Tom Wargo of Centralia, Ill. …

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