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年長球手也能為揮桿提速

撰文:Brad Schadewitz

 「究竟我如何能夠提升揮桿速度將球打得更遠?」這是所有教練都需要回答學生的問題。

無論你是 8 歲還是 80 歲,任何高球手都想要提升揮桿速度以打得更遠,沒錯,距離就是王道。你可能最後打出 110 桿,但只要你能在發球台上擊出超遠距離,即使球友們桿數比你再少 20 桿,已足夠令他們羨慕不已。我個人對此感受至深,因為我剛剛因手術關係正在康復當中,很努力地重拾揮桿速度和關節活動能力。​

正如任何有關揮桿動作的轉變,想要提升揮桿速度同樣需要下苦功,但任何年紀的球友同樣可以做得到。以下是 3 項可以令年長球手打得更遠的方法:

  1. 每次下場或練習前,建立好一套熱身習慣以提升關節活動能力;

  2. 透過極速訓練法提升揮桿速度;

  3. 拉鬆關節提升活動能力。

根據我多年的教學經驗,年長球手總是輕視熱身的重要性。球手在熱身時尤其需要集中於髖關節、背脊肌肉及肩膊部位。簡單的熱身動作可見附圖。

要提升揮桿速度,你可以使用坊間一些嶄新的極速訓練器材,我就很推介 Super Speed Golf,不過你自己的一號木已是非常好用的簡單器材。嘗試先揮桿 3 次,由八成力至九成力,最後出盡全力;休息 10 秒後再重複兩次,練習時可採用棒球的揮桿步法。

很多年以前,我從名師 Jim Flick 口中學會,肌肉崩緊是揮桿的最大障礙。當你為了提升揮桿速度練習時,記緊要放鬆肌肉,才可以製造出最大的自由度和最快的速度。

專業建議:你可嘗試在上桿至頂點時,提起左腳跟至離地,從而加大關節的活動幅度。英國公開賓冠軍 Francesco Molinari 就是如此令開球距離增加 20 碼,而揮桿速度更由每小時 107 公里提升至 113!