By Stuart Turner, Jul 6 2017 08:27AM
Fitness for golf is an area that has gained a lot of exposure over the last 10 or so years. More and more amateur golfers are taking note of what goes on in the professional game and how the pro players are now taking this aspect of their game a lot more seriously.
Now I’m no golf pro, I like to think I can get round without too much embarrassment, but I won’t be going on tour anytime soon, and I don’t feel I’m the right person to give you tips on your swing. However I can look at the physical characteristics that we can change in order to allow you to improve that aspect of your game.
From an exercise and fitness point of view we can influence 5 main areas.
1) Staying injury free
This is fundamentally the most important aspect of being fit for golf. If you’re injured you can’t play so your exercise programme should be geared towards helping you move well and staying as free of niggles and aches as possible. Focusing on how you control your muscles and the order in which they fire is the foundation of a good programme.
2) Stability (of the lower Body)
Building the foundation for a strong swing comes from the strength in your legs and lower body notably the glutes and posterior chain. Having the ability to stay still and strong at the base of your swing will allow you better rotation and increased range of motion.
3) Mobility (of the Upper body)
Heavily linked to the point above, a good flexible torso allows the upper body to rotate freely, without this mobility particularly at the thoracic spine the body will lack the range necessary for a full swing. There is also the potential for the body to compensate for the lack of range with things like arm movement and over emphasis on the lower back.
4) Core strength
Linked to all other points core strength will help with mobility, stability and staying injury free. To clarify, by core strength I’m talking about the area from your knees up to your shoulders. With all other variables equal the stronger you are the further you can hit the ball.
5) Speed and Power
Rory Mcilroy is famed for his long hitting. Now he isn’t a particularly big guy, no disrespect to him but he’s not deadlifting cars and winning the world’s strongest man. So the distance is coming, not from strength but from the speed he gets the club head through the ball. This comes from the speed that he can rotate his upper body.
The great thing about all of these areas is that they are very trainable. Getting the right programme in the gym can and will really aid your golf game.