Golf Fitness - The Reason Behind the Craze
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Golf Fitness - Reasons Behind the Craze
Thirty years ago, the only time the words "golf" and "fitness" were used in the same sentence was if someone was talking about Gary Player. Looking back, it was very odd at that time that he was such a fitness fanatic. It was something sort of "taboo" in the world of golf.
Being Fit Adds Power and Endurance
Today however, the term "golf fitness" is part of almost every golfer's vocabulary and the concept, in my opinion, has completely changed how the younger generation approaches the game. Believe it or not, it's a staple to their practice routines. It seems that the mentality used to be that a fitness program was not beneficial to a golfer's ability to perform on the course. In fact, by getting stronger, many felt that a golfer's flexibility and touch around the greens would suffer. I think most of us would now agree that this line of thought was simply based on myth as opposed to any scientific facts. The opposite may actually be more of the truth. Ask almost any tour player today if he or she participates in a fitness regimen, and it's almost a given that their answer is a "YES." The fact of the matter is that just like every other sport requiring the use of your body to perform a skill; the stronger, more flexible, and well balanced you are, the more likely you are to perform better and more consistently.
Golf Fitness Programs Have Massive Benefits For Your Game
Since golf is not as physical of a sport as say hockey, football, or soccer, it's not as obvious to the average person why fitness is such an important component for golfers of all skill levels. There are countless advantages however, to your golf game when you learn to train your body to move and work more efficiently. At the competitive level, players need as much speed and power as possible to be able to drive a ball 300+ yards down the fairway and swing a club more than 120 mph with consistency and accuracy for 4 days in a row. For the average golfer, a fitness program can give you a huge advantage over your buddies simply by allowing you to have the stamina to last 18 holes while the other 3 in your foursome lose their swing after #13. Probably the most important reason you should have a fitness program is to keep you healthy enough to play the game for a long, long time. Unlike the other sports, this is the only one that you could possibly play into your nineties if you are fortunate enough to live that long and healthy enough to get out on the tee box. By engaging in a regular fitness routine and seeking out proper instruction, your likelihood of getting injured is drastically reduced. I've seen too many golfers sidelined from back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc. that could have been avoided with some simple preventative strength and flexibility training.
Knowing How and What to Train
In my experience working with hundreds of clients in both the therapy clinic and in the gym, I find that many people begin an exercise program with good intentions. Unfortunately, many of them aren't really sure what they should be doing, so they don't get the results that they were expecting. They either continue working hard with little results, or give up completely because the whole working out thing in their opinion "didn't work." Little did these clients know that the perfect program for reaching thier goals and needs could easily have been created simply with 3 easy steps:
- Seeking guidance from a trained professional
- Assessing where they were with their current fitness level
- Listing out their goals and expectations
In doing this, you can address the weaknesses, imbalances, and inflexibilities that are holding you back. Just as you should go to the driving range, bunker, or putting green to practice with a purpose, the same should be said for the gym. To simply go to the gym and wander around from exercise to exercise without a real plan is like going to the driving range to hit 300 drivers while you should really be working on your 5 foot putts. On MyGolfInstructor.com, we will provide you with the tips and tools that you will take with you to the gym to with a solid plan of attack for your training sessions. We will bring you the most effective ways to work on the specific areas that will improve your game such as strength, power, speed, flexibility, balance, and more.
Jeff Pelizzaro is a licensed physical therapist that works with professional and amateur golfers as well as athletes and general fitness clients of all ages and abilities. He has earned a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy and is also a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified LEvel 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 1 Certified Plan Truth Golf Instructor.