The Importance of Golf Fitness
By Seth Klarin, CRFS Elite Personal Trainer
As we all know, regular exercise is important to everyone’s health. Exercise…
- improves your mental health and attitude
- helps you maintain a healthy weight
- increases muscle mass and bone density
- reduces your risk of multiple diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer
- increases your quality of life and ability to perform daily activities
Even exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day, three days a week will help.
Keep all of this in mind as we get into the details of golf fitness and how targeted exercise directly benefits your golf game. Like regular exercise, regular golf strength training helps you improve your golf technique from the ground up, making you both play better and feel better while playing.
Increased Swing Speed
This is the big one — what every golfer, no matter their skill level, age, or handicap, wants.
The greater the swing speed, the greater the ball speed off the club, the greater the distance. Exercising will increase muscle mass, which will intrinsically increase your ability to swing the club faster.
Golf is a unique sport, including multiple bouts of a single explosive movement. And despite what some may think, it’s taxing.
Add that to the number of steps it takes to walk a full 18 (roughly 6 to 7 miles up and down hills), and that’s quite the cardio workout.
Fatigue not only hurts our performance but also increases our risk of injury. When we exercise regularly with a focus on cardio and HIIT (high-intensity interval training), we increase our cardiovascular health and are able to golf better, longer, and more often.
Reduced Injury Risk
As I mentioned, golf is a sport of continuous, repeated explosive movements. If our body can’t handle that movement or if our posture is off, there is no doubt we will eventually break down and be injured.
With a proper golf fitness routine, we will work the muscles most used during the golf swing and train our bodies to handle the workload. Beyond that, we will improve our posture, which will take a lot of stress off our body.
Players can reap these benefits by performing a simple warm-up before each round or practice. (Remember: You should foam roll and stretch properly before any physical activity).
Try the following warm-up next time you play:
Complete 2-3 sets.
- For core & abs — 8 dead bugs
- For lower body – 8 single leg glute bridges
- For upper body – 8 push-ups (or incline push-ups)
The golf swing is a full-body movement, so it’s important to hit all areas of the body during a warm-up. Too often I see golfers do a few hamstring toe-touches and a couple of rotations and think they are good to go.
As the top golfers in the world have proven, much of the power of a swing comes from the ability to push through the ground. A few twists are not going to warm up all areas of your body.
Having worked with multiple professional golfers and some of the best youth golfers in Texas, I have seen firsthand how beneficial a golf strength training program can be.
No matter your experience level, give it a try! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your first golf training session at Craig Ranch Fitness + Spa.