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While opinions on how to best improve your golf score may change, certain tips and techniques are proven winners.

The golf professionals at Bay Harbor recommend paying special attention to how players move their lower body and staying in the best shape possible – on and off the course.

In order successfully improve your golf game, you must first create a powerful base. Focus first on your body. As you practice, your mission is to get stronger and more flexible. A strong lower body is vital for golfers both in relation to swing mechanics and from an injury prevention standpoint; increased lower body strength and power have strong correlations to higher swing speeds and improved performance. Here are a few key lower body exercises you can do at home or at the gym to help build the base you want for your best game:

The split squat:

The split squat doesn’t require the shoulder mobility that a front squat needs and is a great starting point for anyone with mobility restrictions or injury. Since only one leg at a time is doing the work, use a light weight (or none at all).

How to:

Start in a staggered stance, with your front foot forward and knee in line with your foot. If you’re using a weight in each hand, keep them at your side. Keep good posture as you lower your body, and make sure to keep your front knee in line with your foot. On your way back up, drive through the heel to get back to your starting position and repeat for 10 reps on each leg.

Lateral lunges with sliders:

When you swing a club, each leg works individually, and at different parts of the swing each is more responsible for taking the load of your weight. The majority of your weight goes onto the rear leg during the backswing, and then is transferred to your lead leg during the downswing. A great way to train each leg individually as well as together is with lateral lunges using sliding discs, a slideboard, or even a towel. Practicing this weight shift will help you achieve proper weight transition in the swing without swaying or sliding. You can use a slideboard if your gym has one; most gyms have small sliding discs to use. You can also use a towel on your floor at home.

How to:

Start with good posture, with one foot on a sliding disc and the other planted on the ground. Go into a lateral lunge – push your hips back and slide the disc out to your side, lowering your hips and bending the knee on the planted foot. Keep your arms in front of you and keep the weight on the planted foot. Drive up through the planted heel, which will also help you work on stability. Repeat on each leg for 10 reps.

Resistance band straight leg raises:

Grab a resistance band and a mat and lay flat on your back. With a wide grip, pull the band apart as tight as possible across your chest, engaging your core. Keep your body flat to the floor, and raise one leg at a time, keeping it straight. Once your leg starts to bend, that’s as high as you should go. Repeat for 10 reps on each leg. Invest a little time with these exercises to prepFitness Tips that are sure to Improve Your Golf Gameare for your best year ever and see how much better you will play.

Encompassing more than five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to some of the best golf in the country. Known as ‘The Pebble Beach of The Midwest’, the Bay Harbor Golf Club hosts 27 holes on three Arthur Hills courses, The Preserve, The Quarry & the Links — each one showcasing the Club’s natural beauty. This exclusive private club boasts a dedicated and knowledgeable staff to make a playing experience that excels others, whether that is training with PGA experts to improve your game, utilizing the state-of-the-art practice facilities, or finding the right tools that you need at the golf shop. If you’re not a member of the Club, staying in one of Bay Harbor’s two resort properties comes with access privileges for the golf courses.

Leaving Bay Harbor Golf Club doesn’t mean leaving an excellent experience behind. Registering with the Club grants you access to nine other Boyne Resort clubs and their courses, including ones in Montana and Maine.

Off the course, you’ll find tons of fun here as well. Located right in the heart of the action, Bay Harbor is a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheeleway. The Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. Visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about the local real estate opportunities and becoming a Bay Harbor neighbor. For those who want to visit and explore the possibility of ownership and membership, two outstanding hotel options are available within Bay Harbor. Check out the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Bay Harbor Village Hotel and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s not too late to plan your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of the 2018 edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.

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