The golf swing relies upon core strength, endurance and proper engagement in seeking elements of stabilization, control and coordination. Core conditioning is very important for a golfer because all movements in your entire body stem from the strength in this area. Wherever you find a weak core, you find a major source of energy leaks in the golf swing.
Tip: You should tighten your grip on the club to be able to hit the fade shot. One of the key aspects of your golf swing is your grip.
The core is where the body’s center of gravity is located and where force production begins. Most people have a very weak core, and as a result, chronic posture problems. Over time, this creates wear and tear on the body. A golfer with a weak core is vulnerable to injury and struggles with efficiency in their swing. How strong is your core for golf? Let’s find out.
Try this core test.
•Lie on your back with your knees bent.
•Place one hand underneath your lower back, then extend your knees to 90 degrees.
•Press the lower back firmly against your hand.
•Slowly lower your feet towards the ground by keeping the same tension on your hand.
Which one of the following best describes what happened when you performed the exercises above:
(A) Your lower back lifted and you could no longer feel any pressure on your hand.
(B) Your lower back lifted and you could feel some pressure on your hand.
(C) You were able to keep the same pressure on your hand throughout the movement.
If you answered (C), congratulations! You are well on your way to developing the core strength you need for better golf. If you answered (A) or (B), start with some basic exercises on engaging the core region of your body.
To lower your golf score, you’ve got to put some time in. This is the main reason golfers quit the game. Golf is a very challenging game that requires intense concentration, skill, and many physical attributes.
One approach to lower your golf score is one that is off the course and does not involve swinging a club, taking lessons or buying more gimmicky training aids.
Tip: Be sure your club is about square to your ball when you hit it. Doing so will allow the ball to travel along a straighter path.
The approach I’m talking about is working on your “machine” to produce a repeatable golf swing for 18 holes. Are you currently capable to maintain a mechanically sound swing for the entire round? If you are honest in answering that question, I’ll bet your answer is no.
Tip: From one game to the next, your drives should always be made from tees that are at the same height. A grounder is often the result of a low tee.
The biggest frustration I hear from golfers all over the world is they hit balls, take lessons and have the latest/greatest equipment and still can’t lower their golf score. In regards to golf improvement, the above scenario has eliminated everything but the MOST important component.
Tip: Keep your arms strong but flexible to get more from your swing. Workout, stretch, relax, and get massages whenever you are able.
Golf is an athletic movement that requires strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, stability, timing and many other elements. If your body is physically limited…you’ll have a minimal chance at playing to your potential.
Tip: Play with others who are your same level. This can help your confidence.
Just think if you put 20 minutes into a golf training routine in your home with minimal equipment. No grunting. No groaning. No pain. Just simple golf exercises that will make a dramatic, and almost immediate impact on your golf game and score.
Tip: Grip the club really tightly to intentionally fade the ball. One of the least understood parts of golf is how the grip impacts the swing.
I have seen so many “so-called” fitness books and videos that show golfers using machines in a gym. This is not what I’m talking about. And this is not golf fitness training. Anytime you sit on a machine that isolates one muscle group, you will not improve your game.
Tip: When considering buying a second-hand golf club, be sure to take a close look at the club head. Clubs which have been used profusely usually have a worn, shiny spot.
What I’m talking about is using hand weights, a stability ball and some exercise tubing with handles. All very inexpensive and perfect for improving your golf game. The only catch is you need the right exercises to go along with this affordable equipment.
Tip: To really get a powerful swing going, you need to utilize the muscles in your whole body, especially the legs and trunk. Swing your body like a whip when you swing and get power from your lower body.
I’ve heard horror stories of golfers who have lifted weights and said their game got worse. This is a problem! You’ve got to do exercises that will train your body to make a stable, mechanically sound golf swing for 18 holes.
Once you realize golf is an athletic sport that requires both golf-specific strength and flexibility, you’ll become a believer in training your body off the course to lower your golf score.
Your best golf swing is achievable. If you’re like most golfers, you’ve been on the hunt for your best golf swing for a long time. The key question is…have you found it yet? If not, it’s time to take a different approach to achieve it.
Tip: With the game of golf, mental preparation is equally as important as physical preparation. Try to forget about other stresses you have and focus on your golf game.
We know swing mechanics are very high on the list. And to achieve this takes a general understanding of the golf swing. You don’t have to become a fanatic to learn proper swing mechanics, but if you don’t have a clue, you might want to get a book or take a lesson from a credible teaching pro.
When it comes to accomplishing your best golf swing, equipment doesn’t even play a role. Remember…we are talking about your golf swing, not distance or power.
Tip: Try to pay attention while you golf. Always be aware of the play and ready to step up and take your shot when it is your turn.
The approach you need to take to finally get your best golf swing is one that is focused on “your machine”. You! Your body dictates how effective your swing mechanics will be.
Do you agree?
Tip: One of the most important things to consider when starting to learn a golf swing is to how to incorporate a proper grip. It is very common for players to tighten their grip on a club, hoping it helps them hit the ball even farther.
When you have physical limitations such as lack of core strength or tight hamstrings; it will be virtually impossible to make your best golf swing on the course. You may hit a good one every 10 or so swings, but you won’t be able to consistently repeat it for 18 holes.
Tip: Your feet should be aligned properly as you prepare to swing. Proper foot placement can help you greatly improve your swing.
Every golfer has his/her own limitations they need to find out about. One person could be very tight from a golf flexibility standpoint, and the next person could have weak shoulder muscles and can’t control the club at the top of the backswing.
Tip: Practice is the key to resolving the common error of slicing. Slicing is caused by a clubface hitting a ball in a way it shouldn’t, which causes the ball to curve towards the right.
Getting a physical assessment specific to golf is your first step in achieving your best golf swing. Once you recognize what your limitations are, you can devise a program to improve them.
Tip: When you go to the driving range, start by using a lofted iron. For example, a pitching wedge, a 9-iron or an 8-iron are all good choices.
Now you’re on your way to a repeatable swing that holds up for 18 holes and under pressure too! The minute you decide to work on “your machine”, you won’t look back. You will become a powerful and very accurate golfer, who is beating the pants off the rest of the players in your foursome.
Golf will become enjoyable again!
You will no longer be in search of your best golf swing!
There are many golfers who have been exposed to many a golf swing video and yet there has been no effect on their game. At least not a positive one.
Tip: The secret is to find a set adapted to your game. It wasn’t all that long ago that professional golfers use wood clubs.
In fact for some their game has consistently gotten worse whenever they try to implement stuff that they learnt from a golf swing video somewhere. So the truth of the matter is that there are many golfers who do not believe that a golf swing video can have any sort of impact in a golfer’s game or even its’ quality.
Tip: Get golf shoes with some extra width to ensure that your feet don’t get sore as they swell after a round of walking. If the shoes you buy are a tight fit, by the 18th hole, you will be extremely uncomfortable and your game will suffer.
There are several reasons for this. For instance there is no way a golfer can perform consistently or even hope to see their game gradually improving, without being physically fit or at least golf fit. The truth of the matter is that the game has changed tremendously in recent times.
Tip: Don’t golf at a slow pace. Other groups of golfers need to use the same greens; if you or someone in your group is wasting a lot of time, the people behind you may get annoyed or angry.
For example the trend towards larger club heads and therefore heavier ones has put additional strain on the required physical strength and endurance that a typical golfer requires to perform at any level and not just the highest. Is it any wonder that the golf swing video does not impact most games?
Tip: Make certain that you have a proper grip on your club prior to swinging. Keep the handle resting on your palms, and the thumbs pointing down.
The fact is that the golf swing, for example is a very unnatural swing action to the body. In fact the more unnatural it is, the better effect and results a golfer will tend to have.
Tip: Don’t assume that only drivers can use graphite shafts. Invest some time into gathering some information on the newest graphite shaft technology.
This is the reason why it is usually difficult for most golfers to implement the swing techniques they view frequently in golf swing videos. There really is only one effective solution to the problem and that is exercising and conditioning the golf muscles in the body to find the golf swing as natural as possible.
This can easily be achieved by enrolling in any golf-specific exercise program carried out by somebody who is qualified and knows what they are doing.
That’s really the only way a golfer can fully benefit from the useful advice and techniques available in most golf swing videos.
Golf is a very demanding sport, both physically and mentally. Most recreational golfers would love to have a more powerful swing and lower their handicaps. Good instruction from a teaching pro and practice of what you’ve learned can help lower your scores. There is however, more to achieving consistent improvement. It’s great to go to the driving range and practice. Unfortunately, sometimes you’re further embedding the wrong movement patterns into your swing.
Tip: If you don’t have a lot of time to practice, prioritize putting and chipping practice. Specifically, look to practice your chipping and putting skills.
To achieve the most from your instruction and practice time, there is another segment of your game that should be constantly evaluated. While it is receiving more attention of late, there’s still many avid golfers that don’t include this important factor into their strategy. What’s the secret?
Tip: You can improve your swing by using your entire body. Do not fall into the trap of many beginning golfers and assume that arm strength is all that is needed.
One of the best ways to achieve and maintain overall improvement on the course is to perform a golf fitness routine on a regular basis. This can do wonders to improve power and consistency. Strength, balance, and flexibility play a major role in the effectiveness of your golf swing. I’m not talking about body building, but rather simply toning and conditioning your body for the movements required during a round of golf.
Tip: Above all, remember not to take your golf game too seriously. If you can learn to laugh at your mistakes, you’ll relax and play better instead of continuing to make them.
The golf swing places complex demands on the body. There must be mental concentration, neuromuscular coordination, balance, and muscular strength and flexibility all functioning at the same time during the few seconds it takes to make your swing. Most teaching professionals will admit one of the major reasons their students don’t progress to the next level of play is due to lack of muscular strength and flexibility.
By conditioning your body using what’s called the principles of functional training for golf, you can prepare your body for every movement required on the course. Functional fitness is designed to mimic the movements of the golf swing. All the components required for an effective golf swing can be improved. So, instead of hitting thousands of golf balls on the driving range, why not tone up the fuel for your golf club…your body. You’ll not only improve your performance on the course, you’ll be better conditioned for the demands of daily life.
Golf swing timing is a key factor in being able to repeat a mechanically sound swing for 18 holes. In fact it is true to say that correct timing is everything. This is the main reason why golfers need to concentrate when taking a shot.
Tip: It is important to know the proper way to keep score when playing golf. Your average score gives you an idea of whether you are a D-rank player or an S-rank player.
Golf swing timing has to do with the way the golfer controls their body and swiftly gets his muscles and body organs to swiftly respond to commands from his brain. Actually the identical situation any athlete or performer finds themselves in.
Tip: For a good swing, move your legs only as much as necessary to pivot your body. You do not need to rely on legs to get the torque needed for a strong shot; understand that the legs help you shift your power but the torque comes primarily from your wrists.
Interestingly enough many athletes and performers have got exercise sessions worked into their program where they condition their bodies to maintain the highest levels of performance. Yet golf swing timing is a situation that is as demanding and in many cases more so, than the situation faced by many athletes. Still many amateur golfers expect their body and muscles to respond without any exercise or muscle conditioning in preparation for their golf swing timing.
Tip: If your shots are cutting right, your body is probably shifting left when you swing. On the downswing, focus on releasing the ball quickly with your hands.
Of course it does not happen and this is the reason why many amateur golfers continue to struggle with their golf game, hardly improving over a number of years. Most professionals on the other hand, take a lot of time and care to condition their bodies and muscles for the perfect golf swing timing. The results always show.
Tip: Stretch before playing and stay hydrated. To become successful with golf, take care of your body.
Part of the reason why this situation has persisted for many years is because traditionally golf has been viewed as a leisure game to be played with little or no prior preparation. This view has caused numerous golfers to fail to enjoy their golf game and in some cases to acquire nagging injuries on their bodies, even as they fail to achieve any reasonable golf swing timing.
Tip: Use your lofted irons or pitching wedge when warming up at the driving range. You will build up your confidence using these irons as you eventually move to the more complicated woods and irons.
And yet golf fitness is not as tough and rigorous as some people make it out to be. Some of the exercises can even be done in your office when you have a moment to spare. 15 seconds at a time in your work station is adequate.
The bare fact is that as a golfer it will be very difficult to achieve good golf swing timing without attaining golf fitness first.
To perform better golf, you need to take a different approach. I have seen and heard time after time how much money golfers will spend in hopes to perform better golf. But according to statistics, the average USGA Handicap hasn’t gone down in over 30 years!
Tip: If you know some good golfers, play with them on a regular basis and observe their swings closely. You can learn a lot from a fellow golfer.
I have researched the golf improvement market for over a decade now and am very disappointed. There are major companies who are making a TON of money off desperate golfers.
Tip: It is important to maintain a steady pace during games. Those playing with you and behind you will soon become annoyed with your slow gameplay and endless delays.
The approach that has proven successful for the past 5 years (with my clients) is the ‘physical approach’ to perform better golf. What I mean by this is working on your physical limitations to perform better golf.
Tip: A good grip is essential to a proper golf club swing. The different ways you can hit the ball is all determined by the way you grip your club.
By training your BODY, not buying more equipment or taking more lessons you will play better. It is your BODY that plays the game, so focus on it and the sky is the limit.
Tip: Stretch before you step on the green and keep water handy. Keeping your body fit will allow you to get the most out of your ability.
I have said this many times before. I want you to think of yourself as an athlete. You probably were one at some point in your life. Did you ever do a workout for that sport you participated in? I’ll be the answer is yes.
Tip: One of the first things you need to learn about golf is proper club grip. Quite a few people correlate a hard grip with being able to hit a ball further.
Well now your sport is golf. And to perform better golf means training specific to golf. Not going into a gym and plopping down on a machine. Not working out like a body builder. But doing exercises that are very similar to your golf swing with resistance.
Tip: Arm strength and flexibility are key to a powerful golf swing. Workout, stretch, relax, and get massages whenever you are able.
I want you to do exercises that will have an immediate impact on your game. That will give you the quickest return on your time and money investment. Doesn’t that sound like a winner?
Tip: Have a neutral grip for your club. You shots will lean to the right if you grasp you golf club too tightly.
There are some golf fitness dvds that have come on the market lately. I’ve reviewed them all. Some are okay, and some are not user-friendly at all. You want to get a golf fitness dvd that is “plug-and-play”. What I mean is…put it in the dvd player and the golf fitness expert takes you through the entire workout. From start to finish.
Tip: As you putt, you should strive to keep your left hand in front of the ball. Putt the ball, keeping your hands steadily in this position as you follow through.
This is the most effective way to know you are doing the entire workout correctly and at the right pace. So many of the dvds now don’t do this. They show you the exercises, but in no particular order or pace.
Tip: Don’t bother renting yourself a golf cart, walk instead! Golfers who walk significantly increase their physical exertion and, therefore, the health benefits they enjoy from golfing. Walking can help keep your muscles warm and loose.
To perform better golf you need to take this approach. If you aren’t a believer yet, just ask yourself if your game has improved in the last 6 months. Be honest. Has it? If not, what are you currently doing that you need to change?
I hope this article has brought to your attention the importance of golf fitness in your pursuit to perform better golf!