Weeks of staying inside as much as possible and zero golf can take their toll on your game. We know you’ve been desperate to get back on the course, but your play will probably have suffered. To help you get back to your best golf after lockdown, our Pro Sergio de Céspedes has put together some top tips. Read on to discover how to get the most out of your first games.

Don’t set yourself an objective

To help you recover your best golf post lockdown, keep your expectations realistic. Better still, don’t set yourself an objective at all. No imagining ideal scores, no filling in your score card, no comparing your shot to anyone else’s.

Be kind to yourself and leave your score card at home or in your golf bag. Just go out onto the course and enjoy it. Have fun and take time to reconnect with all the wonderful things this sport has to offer.

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Do get moving

In Spain, we’ve been inside for over seven weeks so our bodies aren’t used to moving about much. Even if you haven’t been under strict lockdown, you won’t have played any golf for a long time.

Your top priority is therefore to avoid muscle aches and pains afterwards. To help get your body moving again, spend at least 10 minutes warming up before you play. Move every part of your body from your neck to your ankles. And stretch properly when your game is over.

Do play some practice moves

If you can, get onto the driving range before your game. Spend some time hitting the ball – start from less and gradually move up to more. Take some half shots first with open clubs.

Take a class – to ensure you get back to your best golf post lockdown,why not take a class at the Rio Real Academy? Our Pro Sergio de Céspedes will help you reconnect with your favourite sport, so you feel at home once again on the course. 

Do get a feel for your golf

Spend a long time at home and even the biggest golf fans may have forgotten what it’s like to be back on the course. When you step out, use the first few holes to get back in touch with the game.

Take some time to get a feel for the course, the ball and your clubs. Over the last few weeks, you will have lost touch with your best golf so let yourself remember what it’s like. And enjoy!

Absolute peace of mind – at Rio Real, we’re going the extra mile to ensure maximum health and safety standards. You can read our protocol here. 

Don’t think technically

During your first round of golf (and probably a few more), avoid thinking about the technical side of the game. The important thing during your initial contact with the course is the timing.

Just let yourself enjoy the game and remember why it’s your favourite sport. Don’t forget that the rest will come back later and with a bit of practice, your golf will soon be back on track.

Did you know? Rio Real Golf reopened on 19 May with green fees available daily between 10am and 2pm. Bookings are online only with our dynamic pricing system offering the best green fees in Marbella. Plus you get 10% extra off until 30 May with the code RIO REAL BACK ON TRACK. See you at Rio Real!