When I was younger, my mother always told me that golf fitness training was important. As a matter of fact I followed her advice and went to the golf course for my first workout. After that workout I never went back to the course without running a mile or two. In fact my wife challenged me to do more than that and I finally did a 7 minute mile at our local track. It was hard to do that because it is hard to run a mile on flat ground and even harder to do it when it is raining. But my point is that I did not listen to her.
Today as a senior citizen who enjoys playing golf I want to continue to do what I feel is best for my body. One of the things that I have noticed is that as I age my flexibility decreases. Along with that decline in flexibility comes an increase in stiffness. Because of this my golf fitness training programs have focused on increasing flexibility and decreasing stiffness. Over the years I have tried several training programs.
The one I use now is from Bill Young, a world-class strength and conditioning professional. There are other programs that have worked for me, but none of them have been as valuable as the ones from Bill. He has stressed to me that golfers are at risk for injury if they do not follow his golf fitness training program. He has stressed that I need to increase my flexibility and decrease my stiffness.
This is important because golfers are at risk for injury because they have no muscle protection around the upper part of their body. This is why I have seen an increase in lower body injuries over the past two years. My flexibility has allowed my muscles to pull free of the bones that support them, which causes major pain. When the body is in the upward position for a golf swing, the weight is concentrated on the arms, hips, and shoulders. The result is a tremendous amount of force is placed on these three areas. And when this occurs the body becomes susceptible to injury.
Most golfers can see that they need to add strength to their swing if they want to protect themselves. But they don’t realize that their bodies also need strength. As you swing the club, your arms, hips, and shoulders all move together. If you didn’t have enough flexibility to prevent injury, the extra force would cause serious pain for golfers. And that’s exactly what happens.
So how does a golfer improve his or her golf fitness training program? The first thing that I teach all my golfers is flexibility. You can do exercises at home without a fitness instructor. But a fitness instructor can see where the muscles are starting to tighten and identify any weak areas. Plus, they will know which exercises you should be doing to build strength and make your body more flexible.
The next thing that I teach all my golfers is posture. Posture is one of the most overlooked aspects of golf fitness training. Most golfers do not stand with their feet flexed the way it is recommended. And even those that do it are not standing with their feet hip distance apart from each other. It is very easy to get started with a bad posture and get injured.
Finally, I suggest having your golf performance training session focus on strengthening the core muscles. Strengthening your core can directly affect golfers’ stability. A strong core prevents your upper body from falling forward which increases your stability. The more stable you are, the less chance you have of getting injured.