With the popularity of our “Golf Fitness Programmes” I thought in this article I’d like to address a simple yet important topic that could seriously be affecting your game, and how to improve it. Flexibility.
This is a key factor in both improving your game and also in preventing the all too common golf related injuries. . From damage to the lower back, through to hip and knee issues. Although common ailments, there are easy fixes for most people (those without re-existing medical conditions).
Poor flexibility in your golf swing produces a shorter swing path. Leading to a loss of power and distance. Coupled with this is the fact that your swing pattern will be unpredictable, and your accuracy will also be hugely affected. However with the correct and regular stretching routine such as the one laid out below, you can start to put things right. Completing this sample routine approximately 3 times a week, and certainly to be used as part of a pre-round routine, you will be well on the way to playing better, and protecting yourself from injury.
Along with this routine, its advisable for all to also look at “the complete package”. This means not just your flexibility, but your overall fitness, core strength, muscular balance etc. These are just as important when looking to improve ANYTHING, not just one specific thing, such as golf. Whether just starting out, or Pro Golfer. Its just as important for all. Even top level Tour Pro’s train regularly. And most of those men and women are pretty physically fit. Especially with the demands of today’s game.
Still think you don’t need to train?
Now on average, during a round of golf, you would typically walk around 8 miles, over various terrain (presuming you are an average player, and not taking the buggy round), and burn somewhere in the region of 1500 calories, dependant on your metabolic rate. Coupled with this the physical aspect of actually swing the club between 70 – 80 times, and you start to see the bigger picture.
Still think you don’t have to be fit to play golf?
Ever wondered why you feel so tired at the end of a round?
The correct training programme, done regularly, can vastly improve not only your performance on the course ( by allowing you to hit further, increase head speed and accuracy, improve your stamina on a tough day) but also in every are of your life. And lets be honest, if you play well on the course, your in a better mood right?
So don’t neglect the major part of your whole life improvement. YOU.
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That’s all for now. Get fit, enjoy life, and live better!