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What is the difference between being in good shape and being in good golf shape? I"m thin and consider myself fit as I run and workout, but does it need to be golf specific?

Hi Justin. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com. I'm excited to get to help you with your game.

I think the definition of "fit" is different depending on who you ask. I believe most people however, would agree that if someone has ideal blood pressure, a good heart rate, is lean, has a good amount of muscle and keeps active with cardiovascular work, stretches and weight training then they are indeed fit. Specific sports and activities do command different muscle groups and levels of flexibility/stability though. Running for instance is not golf specific, but can certainly help you maintain a good cardiovascular fitness level that can help your endurance during a round of golf.

For golf, you need to be flexible enough to get into ideal swing positions, strong enough to produce explosive power and in good enough cardiovascular shape that you don't fatigue before the round is over. As you will see in the attached video Jeff will show you that there are specific exercises you can do for golf and simple tests to test your golf fitness level such as the squat test, the toe touch, the bridge test and the hip rotation test.

I hope that helps and be sure to check out our fitness section here on the site for hundreds of video exercises, tips and articles to get you in golf specific shape.

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