Golf Fitness Equipment For Your In Home Program
Golf fitness equipment can be a variety of pieces; but what truly is golf fitness equipment?
You’d be surprised to find out it is not expensive; and is not necessarily in a gym or health club either.
Yes…there are golf “machines” for stretching and strength building that are well over one thousand dollars, but are definitely not needed.
Tip: Become familiar with each new course before taking your first shot. There are a number of ways you can get advance knowledge of obstacles that are about to show up, including checking a course map or asking someone who knows the course well.
When you think of the golf swing, it’s a dynamic movement completed in space with your ‘whole’ body. So any kind of training or golf fitness equipment should be able to accommodate this.
Tip: For a good swing, move your legs only as much as necessary to pivot your body. You need your legs for balance, but you will offset the speed and power generated by your wrist action if your legs are too active.
I’ve designed all my programs, dvds and books to utilize the below equipment for one reason. Convenience. Which will save you time to do what you really want to do. Play golf!
Tip: Exercise your toes to figure out faults in your stance when golfing. When a golfer is leaning into the swing too far, their toes will usually become difficult to wiggle and suggests that the golfer should adjust backwards to prevent a nasty shot.
For starters, a pair of hand weights (dumbbells) are inexpensive, portable and can be used for dozens of golf-specific exercises. They don’t have to be heavy or cumbersome. You’d be surprised what a 5 to 8 pound pair of dumbbells can accomplish with the right golf exercises.
Tip: Don’t take yourself, or the game of golf, too seriously. You are sure to make mistakes.
Next on the list of golf fitness equipment is tubing. You may have seen it in articles, on the television or in a catalog. Exercise tubing is extremely portable, very inexpensive and also can be used to mimic many phases of the golf swing, but with resistance.
Tip: So, you found the sand trap. Be considerate to the next golfer! Those rakes are there for a reason.
I personally use exercise tubing in all of my programs, with all of my personal clients and in my own golf workouts. It can give you one heck of a workout if you have the right resistance. These bands come in varying tensions from light to extra heavy.
Tip: You can implement this subtle research into your own style, which helps create a stance and methodology that is perfect for you. The right stance can vary a lot depending on your body type, weight, height and gender.
Another piece of golf fitness equipment is a stability ball. It’s the big ‘beach ball’ looking thing that is used in offices to sit on, in many exercise classes, at most health clubs and all of the physical therapy clinics.
Tip: Your body itself can serve as a golf trainer. Using just your arms will not give you the same amount of power for your swing as using your whole body.
Why? Because again it’s portable, inexpensive and very versatile. Doing golf exercises on the ball incorporate core stabilization, balance and stability. All important factors in a mechanically sound golf swing.
Tip: Remember to keep going when you are playing golf. Getting trapped behind a dawdling group can really put a damper on one’s enthusaism.
And the last piece of golf fitness equipment is a weighted medicine ball is the . You might remember them from several decades ago as the big leather balls that the old fitness fanatics used to improve strength and power.
Tip: Tighten your grip so you can hit a fade. The grip is an often an overlooked and misunderstood aspect of golf.
Well now they’re back! They are used in every sport-specific strength program in existence. You can do so many sport-like movements with them and they weigh as much as 20 pounds, so you can imagine the benefit from a power standpoint.
I have a couple of my ‘bread-and-butter’ exercises I use in all my programs that incorporate the weighted medicine ball and they are very effective.
So there you have it! Three or four pieces of inexpensive and portable golf fitness equipment.