Golf Specific Fitness Overview
Golf Improvement encompasses more than just technique development, a good mental approach, and properly fitted equipment. The body plays a large role in the range of motion, stability, strength, and power factors to produce optimal efficiency, accuracy, control and distance in your golf swing.
- Are you satisfied with your distance off the tee?
- Do you have difficulty making a full turn?
- Do you suffer from pain, stiffness or soreness in your arms, legs and back after a round of golf?
- Do you enjoy your round of golf?
- Have you taken golf lessons without improving?
If you answered “YES” to one or more of the above questions, then it’s time to take care of your most important golf equipment. Your Body. Most golfers will not hesitate to spendseveral hundred dollars on a new club or thousands for a new set, when what they really need to do is commit to a Golf Swing and Golf Specific Fitness Improvement Program.
Since the emergence of Tiger Woods as the dominant force in golf, the role of fitness in the sport has been revolutionized.
Make no mistake, golf is a physical activity and demands a respectable level of fitness to be played at peak performance levels. As an athletic activity golf requires strength,flexibility, muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance. Golfers who suffer from weak muscular strength and a limited range of motion will be at a severe disadvantage in their ability to swing the club efficiently, thus affecting their potential to play their best.
We all understand that strength is essential to hitting the ball far. When your muscles have the necessary mobility to control the swinging motion of the golf club, this relaxed power takes on a quality of effortlessness, improving reflexes and coordination. Flexibility works in conjunction with strength in that it allows the body to achieve positions that canmaximize that developed muscular power and strength. Muscular endurance relates directly to fatigue.
To play great golf we must be as strong walking down the 18th fairway as we were down the first fairway. Through repetition of light workloads over an extended period of time, our muscular endurance can improve, enabling us to finish our round strong. Cardiovascular endurance may seem the least important of the four elements. However, if the heart is not pumping sufficient amounts of blood to the muscles, fatigue sets in. Poor cardiovascular conditioning can also affect our thinking process, leading to bad decisions in the latter part of our round.
If the body is underpowered, has poor flexibility or simply has parts that just don’t function well because of fatigue, the results will be neither consistent nor efficient. Golfers have finally come to understand the importance of being physically fit and are being rewarded for their efforts. That’s what Golf Fitness Training is about.
As the saying goes, you are only as good as your weakest link. People typically develop patterns around those weak links, acquiring poor habits and improper mechanics. Through our 3D analysis and golf specific physical evaluation designed by TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) we can determine the weak link and start you on a program to improvement. We design a workout program with specific exercise progressions for you. This program is designed to improve your golf mobility, flexibility and/or stability. This allows you to break inefficient movement patterns and improve your ability to make swing corrections. TPI on-line Fitness Program, guarantees measurable gains in strength,flexibility, balance and endurance.
- Increased club head speed, power, distance and control
- Improved flexibility (minimum 50% improvement within 4 to 6 weeks)
- Better posture, balance, and alignment
- Increased strength, endurance, cardio and flexibility
- Core, isolated and functional strength.
Many underlying swing faults are caused from Physical Limitations. Below is a list of the 12 most common swing faults and the related physical limitation that may cause these swing faults.
|Most Common Swing Faults
||Lower Cross Syndrome|
||Upper Cross Syndrome|
|Loss of Posture
|Flat Shoulder Plane
||Internal ROM Lead Hip|
|Reverse Spine Angle
||Disassociation/Limited R Hip Interior Rotation|
||Lead Side Strength/ROM Over the Top|
||Glutei weakness in Trail Leg|
||Limited Lead Hip Int. Rotation/Poor Stability|
||Limited R Hip Interior Rotation|
||Lower Body Dysfunction|