Research suggests golf-specific conditioning can knock as many as 7 shots off your handicap within a few months!
Sounds too good to be true? Far from it!… and here’s why:
The sedentary nature of modern life means that the vast majority of club golfers lack the levels of strength and flexibility demanded by the golf swing in key areas of their body.
After the age of 30, unless offset by muscle conditioning workouts, ALL ADULTS lose 3-8% of their muscle mass per decade in a natural, age-related process of muscle wastage known as Sarcopenia. (It can often start in people as young as 20). Over time, this loss of lean tissue contributes to a decrease in muscle strength and power. As a result, balance also deteriorates. Inactivity further accelerates the rate of atrophy and by the time we get to 50, we can lose 4 ounces of muscle every year.
No wonder then that, as they get older, most golfers start to lose distance off the tee!
- Prolonged periods of time in a seated posture stretches and weakens the muscles in the posterior chain – muscles that are vital for stability and power in the golf swing.
- At the same time, it shortens muscles in the front of the body and makes maintaining balance throughout the swing extremely difficult.
- Similarly time spent at a desk, especially at a computer keyboard, ruins posture and inhibits much-needed flexibility in the upper back and shoulders.
- Owing to the fact that it is an unnatural movement, few have either the rotational range of motion required, or the ability to achieve adequate separation of their upper and lower body (the so-called X-factor).
- Playing golf doesn’t help! In fact, because the swing is an asymmetrical action, in the absence of restorative conditioning, it only serves to increase existing imbalances in the body’s musculature, thus increasing instability and the risk of eventual breakdown.
A properly designed, golf-specific conditioning programme restores requisite levels of balance, stability, strength and flexibility.
Improved balance and stability translates into greater accuracy and consistency
Stronger wrists and forearms give you greater control of your swing plane and swing path.
Stronger leg, thigh and hip muscles generate more power from the ground up and stronger trunk muscles transfer that power more efficiently to the upper body, while improved flexibility in the upper back and shoulders lengthens the swing and thereby increases clubhead speed – all of which means extra distance.
Greater distance and increased accuracy means you find more fairways and hit shorter approach shots, making it easier to target the pin and enjoy more birdie putts.
And that is how appropriately designed golf-specific conditioning can knock as many as 7 shots off your handicap in just a few months!
Still not convinced? Then maybe the professionals can change your mind!
- “Being in good physical shape helps me to be a better player.” – Rory McIlroy
- “Following a gym programme…I feel a lot stronger and more stable in my swing. I work on my balance, swing mobility and injury prevention. I think it’s vital.” – Charlie Hull
- “My fitness and my gym routine is just as important to me as practising. You have to be in shape to play well.” – Stacy Lewis
- “I’m always trying to improve my conditioning… It’s as important to my training as practising my swing.” – Tiger Woods
- “Those who think golfers are not really athletes are wrong… you need to be strong and in good shape. [You may] not be a professional, but you can still work hard at being the best golfer you can be in 2017.” – Suzann Pettersen