What Is Golf Exercise Equipment…And How Can It Help
Golf exercise equipment can be a variety of pieces; but what truly is golf exercise 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: A great technique for bettering your swing is to make the most of your entire body weight as a means to gain additional power. Just relying on arm strength, as novices tend to do, will not produce a strong, smooth swing.
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 exercise equipmentshould be able to accommodate this.
Tip: Whenever you are out on the course, make sure you keep your eyes and ears open so that you don’t disrupt the flow. Getting trapped behind a dawdling group can really put a damper on one’s enthusaism.
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: The best way to hit a fade is to tighten your grip on the club. The grip to use, while hitting a fade, is usually misunderstood.
Next on the list of golf exercise 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: Never take your eye off the ball. This principle is true of many sports, but it particularly plays out well in golfing.
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: A proper position is very important when trying to become better at golf. Your position can influence how far the ball goes.
Another piece of golf exercise 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: A great way to get more exercise out on the course is to forgo the electric cart and instead opt to walk. Walking the course will drastically increase the level of exercise you get, which will turn your game into a really great method for improving your fitness level! Walking will also keep your muscles loose and warmed up, leaving you ready for every shot as you take it.
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: You can implement this subtle research into your own style, which helps create a stance and methodology that is perfect for you. It’s crucial to have a good stance, but what stance works, depends on your overall size, height and gender.
And the last piece of golf exercise 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: For the best results, don’t move your legs too much while swinging your club. You should shift your weight with your legs for a more powerful swing.
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 exercise equipment.