The Golf Channel
Fitness for golf is a common term on the television these days. I’m sure you’ve heard it a few times. The secret is out. Fitness for golf has come to the forefront of total golf performance.
Golfers have heard it enough. The golf swing is a physically abusive movement to the human body…unless you take the time to prepare for it.
I was watching the Golf Channel (I do that frequently) the other day, with Tiger on. He said it perfectly.
Tip: One of the first things you learn during golfing lessons is to always keep your eyes on the ball. While this is true of many sports, it’s very true in golf.
He said, “it would be absurd to think a football player, basketball player or baseball player wouldn’t physically work on his body to play better golf. Why wouldn’t a golfer do the same thing?”
I was sitting there saying, “thank you Tiger”…fitness for golf is here to stay.
If it takes the Number One golfer in the world to convince you…then I’m all for it.
Tip: Keep your eyes where you want the ball to go, and stand roughly four feet behind it. Take the wind, other weather conditions and your environment into consideration.
How many times have you walked off the course or practice range with a twinge or two in your body? How about when you got home? Did it get worse?
What’s that tell you?
I hope you realize how important fitness for golf is, in not only helping your prevent injury, but utilize your true potential to it’s fullest.
Tip: When you go to swing, and you think it is too fast, and your not being guided by your swing, an easy thing to do would be to have a lighter grip. This easy solution will make the head of the club feel heavy during the swing, which allows you to focus more on the fundamentals of your swing.
Doesn’t it make sense to improve your flexibility AND strength to hit longer drives that go straighter? Doesn’t it also make sense to improve your fitness for golf as you get older…to slow down the aging process?
Don’t look at it as “work”, “sweating” or “effort”. Look at it as “playing your best game ever!”
You will continue to hear about fitness for golf, when it comes to performing better golf.
The popularity of the Golf Channel has exploded. Amateur golfers are watching more than ever before to get that one special tip that may improve their game. The golf channel has great resources that range anywhere from, working on your swing to successful ways to hit out of a sand trap. Go a little deeper into their online site and you’ll find lots of tips and suggestions for improving your performance on the course. Many overlook one of the most important areas for improving their game. That’s the fitness area.
Tip: If you shoot the ball onto the green from a long distance, ensure that the ball has not created a divot. If it has, repair it.
Most golf channel viewers are looking for that one tip that will help them to play better or a piece of equipment that will help them to perform at the next level. Having good equipment is a great idea. Practicing your shots out on the practice range is also very important, but your body and the way it reacts to each swing are just as important. This one area is perhaps what really separates the professional players from the amateurs.
Tip: Prior to any golf round, memorize your ball, letting your partners know your brand name and number. This helps disambiguate multiple balls that land near each other, so that no one has to take penalty shots.
All professional players understand that the complexity of the golf swing places many demands on the body. Pros like Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, Vijay Singh, and many others are spending time to improve strength, flexibility and balance to stay on top of their performance. If the body is not conditioned for these demands, then the swing suffers. This is one of their secrets to smoother swings, hitting longer drives, and nerves of steel. Their body is regularly conditioned to produce the performance they want on the course.
Tip: Learn the rules of golf and how to record your score properly. This is important because your score is often used to judge how good of a player you are.
The same is true for amateur and recreational players. By maintaining a regular exercise routine that includes strength, balance, and flexibility training, the body is ready when you hit the course. Conditioning can take you to the next level. Power, stamina, and consistency can all be improved by regular exercises targeted for the movements required in the golf swing.
Improving the condition of your body can do more than you can imagine giving you more powerful and consistent swings. Add fitness to your bag and you’ll be surprised at the results.