If you're looking to improve your golf game, one of the BEST routes is also one of the most overlooked - get fitter. For some reason many golfers completely ignore the physical aspect of their game, to the detriment of both their scores and their health.
At the top level, most pro's now work hard at their conditioning, aware that greater strength, endurance and flexibility will lengthen not only their drives, but also their careers.
Why is conditioning so important? Just analyse a golf swing - a good golf swing requires a combination of flexibility, power and speed, all gearing towards a technically smooth swing.
Having played golf for since the tender age of 10, representing the county at under 18’s along the way, I have developed a wide range of knowledge about the mechanics of the golf swing and fitness related exercises to go with it.
If you are keen to improve your golf fitness, one of the best ways is to find a personal trainer who understands a solid golf swing and fitness to coincide. There are thousands of trainers out there, but it is important for your game to have the correct training in place, rather than just general fitness programme.
On meeting, we will assess and discuss what you want to achieve, in order to design a customised programme that considers both your needs (i.e. to improve your golf game), and any history you may have of illnesses or injuries. If you haven't worked-out for a while or have any medical history that could adapt how we tailor your personal training.
A golf fitness programme will usually focus on the following:
Golf requires good flexibility, particularly through the shoulders, lower back and legs. Keeping these areas flexible can improve your game, reduce the risk of injury, and alleviate the symptoms of minor injuries, particularly to the lower back.
Increased functional strength can dramatically improve your performance - just think, every time you swing a club you require the body to increase your swing speed through the ball! Research indicates improving swing speed one mile per hour will increase carry distance by 3 yards. Therefore, increasing swing speed by five miles per hour leads to an additional 15 yards. It makes sense that increasing your strength will not only improve your ability to do this, but also provides a measure of protection against the extreme forces involved in that motion.
Cardio/aerobic training will help in two ways. Firstly, it's likely to reduce your weight, which has benefits in many areas of your life. It will also improve your endurance, making it much more likely that you’ll play the 18th hole as well as you played the 1st.
So, get in contact - you have nothing to lose except a few strokes per round and a few unwanted kg's around your waist!
Do you have an injury that is affecting your training? Or perhaps you have a physical issues that is stopping you competing to your full potential? We are professionally trained in sports massage and can assess, treat and manage your injury.
We're proud to have the opportunity to work with so many dedicated and hard-working clients to help them achieve their goals! We're passionate about achieving fantastic results, and our results really do speak for themselves!
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