Importance of Fitness for Golf
“The goal of fitness is not to improve how the body looks, but to improve how it moves.” Gray Cook, Athletic Body in Balance.
Fitness and golf are more than ever a modern day partnership. When it comes to golf, having a functional body will help you maintain a healthy golf swing late into life. It is no secret that most golfers suffer back, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist pain throughout their golfing lives. The physical demands of the golf swing can place huge strain on the musculature system. When this is combined with mechanical faults in your swing it can cause injuries.
Knowing your body’s weaknesses when it comes to flexibility, mobility and stability is very important as these three things not only form the base to build strength they can also be the reasons why certain moves in your swing are currently unattainable. If you want to swing better your body has to function better. This is why I chose to study a fitness certification to compliment my coaching. Understanding the body and how it functions serves well when coaching any student.
Fitness Screening and Assessment
When assessing a golfer for basic flexibility, mobility and stability I use the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) assessment as well as a selection of other functional movement tests for basic strength, balance and motor control. The results from this assessment determines where a player will begin their fitness program and outlines how improvements will impact their golf swing and game. When it comes to fitness I always work within my scope of expertise and if there is a player with specific injuries or needing a specific program I will always refer them to an established physiotherapist or golf specific fitness instructor.
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