Golf Fitness Training

Improve Your Swing, Hit with More Power, Make the Long Putts, Improve Accuracy and Stamina, All While Decreasing Your Risk of Injury

A short lesson in the history of Golf Fitness Training...

In the early 1990's golfers and instructors believed there were three components to address in building the ultimate golfer.

The three components included:

  1. Expert Instruction--teaching all aspects of the game: short game, basic fundamentals, specialty shots etc.,
  2. Mental Training--dealing with how to handle the mental stress placed on players
  3. Proper Equipment--making sure the golfer is fit properly and has the appropriate set/club make up.

Then, along came Tiger Woods. Tiger "hit" the golf scene in 1996. Wood's dynamic play forced golfers and instructors to re-evaluate the 3 components of the game...

...and

...they would eventually replace the original style of development with what has become the six components:

  1. Basic Instruction
  2. Shot Making Skills
  3. Course Management
  4. Mental/Emotional
  5. Equipment
  6. Physical Conditioning (Golf Fitness)

Physical conditioning (golf fitness) is an area that has made the biggest impact on the sport.

So, What is Golf Fitness Training?

It includes training the various aspects of the body (physical) that can affect golf specific performance.

What?

Well, golf fitness training is simply a combination of exercises and stretches done to improve power, strength, flexibility, and endurance, AND decrease the risk of injury. Just like other sports training programs, these should be designed to address the specific needs of each individual AND the sport of golf. Additionally, golf fitness training programs should be backed by sound scientific research (including research about training by the Titleist Performance Institute).

What are the Benefits of Customized Training?

  • Decreases the risk of injury--play golf longer and live healthier
  • Increases Power--drive the ball further
  • Increases Strength--provides more force and stability for a more consistent swing
  • Increases Endurance/Stamina--maintain power, strength and stability throughout the game
  • Increases Flexibility--utilize a full swing, prevent injuries, and help increase power potential
  • Increases Coordination--get better control of all movements required in your swing
  • Increases Postural Stability--maintain proper golf posture throughout your swing
  • Increases Mobility--unlock your joints to improve movement and decrease swing faults

Who Can Benefit from Golf Fitness Training?

Golf fitness training incorporates a variety of exercises and stretches than can benefit golfers at all levels...from the weekend warriors to the elite level PGA Tour Professionals. Age is also not a factor--whether you're young or a seasoned vet, golf fitness training can help you with your game.

A golf specific training program can help make a golfer be strong, powerful, stable, flexible, balanced, and full of endurance--as well as to decrease the risk of golf injuries, which can help keep you playing for a many more years.

Why Should You Use a Golf Fitness Training Program?

Golf is a physically demanding (fine motor skill) sport that requires consistent precision within the complexity of the swing, as well as the ability to generate explosive power throughout a wide range of motion.

A correct golf swing uses the entire body to transfer power to the ball to propel the ball far and accurate. This transfer of power is a sequence of timed movements referred to as the Kinematic Sequence

 

A proper golf specific training program will eliminate or decrease your physical limitations that can be causing swing faults.

Physical Limitations are discovered through a thorough golf specific fitness assessment (developed by the Titleist Performance Institute).

Swing faults can be determined by using high-speed cameras and other technology.

Both physical limitations and swing faults are detrimental to a golf swing and increase your risk of injuries. In order to execute the movements of a golf swing effectively, a comprehensive integrated training program must be utilized that addresses:

  • total body stability
  • core strength and power
  • lower body strength and power (most single leg, multi-directional exercises),
  • plyometrics (upper and lower body),
  • rotational exercises
  • corrective exercises
  • pre-habilitative exercises designed specifically to address common golf injuries.

What types of exercises are used in golf fitness training?

Golf fitness training exercises should be functional and have a high transfer (specificity) to the sport of golf. This means that exercises in a proper golf fitness training program should involve similar muscle and joint positions and require similar physical demands to the movements in golf.

Exercises need to be executed through a full range of motion to ensure no loss of mobility in the joints--as well as focusing on strengthening or stabilizing the joints required to obtain a proper or efficient swing. These joints include the foot, knee, pelvis/sacrum/lumbar spine, scapula, elbow, and cervical spine or neck.

Along with a proper golf specific training program, golfers need to incorporate a comprehensive golf specific flexibility training routine. The routine should focus on mobilizing all of the joints required for a full proper swing.

A proper swing requires good flexibility or mobility in the ankles, hip, torso, shoulders, and wrists. A golf specific flexibility routine needs to incorporate stretching and corrective exercises in order for an efficient swing to be obtained or maintained.

How Does the Process Work at Finish First Sports Performance?

The process begins with a thorough golf specific evaluation to identify any physical limitations that can be causing faults in your swing. Our certified specialist will then use the information gathered to develop your customized training program.

Your program will be tailored to fit your schedule and any other conflicts or limitations that you might have. Whether you have 15 minutes or 60 minutes a program can be made so that you benefit. Can't make it to a gym? That's not a problem all programs can be designed to be done at your house. Simply put, you will begin with an exam, and then choose your training option.

Why Should I Use a Titleist Performance Institute TPI Certified Specialist?

A TPI Golf Fitness Specialist is trained to identify and correct any physical limitations that may be causing faults in your swing. This is done by a thorough golf specific evaluation and properly implementing various golf specific exercises and stretches.

The Titleist Performance Institute Philosophy of the "Perfect" Swing

"WE DON'T believe there is one way to swing a club; we believe there are an infinite number of ways to swing a club. But we do believe that there is one efficient way for everyone to swing and it based on what they can do physically."




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