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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.

By Stuart Turner, Feb 4 2013 09:00AM

"If you can't explain it to a 6 year old, you don't understand it yourself" Albert Einstein, I don't know when he said this or even if he did say it but it makes a lot of sense. When I apply this to my training, my diet, my work, my life, things, sometimes become a bit clearer.

How many times have you been struggling to get to grips with what seems to be an impossibly complicated, head scratching, mind boggling, never been solved, never going to be solved problem for hours on end and then in walks some smug know it all and says those really annoying words, "why don't you just do it like this". Grrrr.

It's not a lack of effort or intelligence on your part just a clearer view of what’s important. Note this happens to me a lot when trying any DIY or building projects at home and usually ends with my wife or her father scratching their heads, muttering the word "idiot" and wondering how I function in life on a day to day basis.

So I have tried this last week to look at my training programmes and the sessions that I deliver and try and make them a little simpler. When things are getting a little complicated, then a simple assessment of what's important has helped a lot. I'm currently reading a book by Dan John called Never Let Go, (I can highly recommend it if you're interested in strength training). He talks about figuring out what's really important in your training session and doing that first. If you had only 15 minutes 3 times a week to train, what would you do? Write it down and do it at the beginning of your session. What happens afterwards is a bonus.

One of my clients wanted to get stronger, start running, lose a bit of weight round his tummy, get bigger arms and chest and better abs, get over a back operation and generally be healthy. He also had some other niggles with his foot and elbow for good measure. Now that's a lot of information and a lot of things to work on. But when you simplify things and look at what’s important it's clearer.

Now what I could have had him doing is a high intensity fat loss circuit 3 times a week, some low rep-heavy weight strength training 2-3 times a week, some corrective exercises for his back every day, an arm building set twice a week, half an hours core exercises 3 times a week, mile and a half run every morning and put him on some sort of liquid shake diet for a month.

Now that should cover everything right!? It would probably have worked to, no problem, but no one can stick to that schedule and quite frankly there are better ways to do it with a lot less time commitment and injury risk. Look at what's important.

What's important is he needs to be strong and he needs to eat right. He needs a strong core, strong legs, upper body strength as well as strong willpower to avoid bad foods. The back injury should clear up with good movement patterns and a strong core and with some simple diet rules and regular training with heavy weights he'll feel a lot lot healthier and be a lot lot lighter.

Anyway we started strength training three times a week, big lifts squats, deadlifts, lunges press ups etc. I gave him some simple advice on foods and diet which really he already knew but wasn't doing and 3 years later he's still training, feels stronger, healthier, is a stone and a half lighter, has done a triathlon, plays football with his kids and his back has been absolutely fine.

We kept it simple, didn't overcomplicate things and created a plan that was simple and therefore he stuck to it.