What Is Golf Fitness? Golf Fitness, Charlotte

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   is this golf fitness?

     is this golf fitness?

     is this golf fitness?

      is this golf fitness?

   is this golf fitness?

  is this golf fitness?

YES to all of the above. 

is this golf fitness?

 

NO (but in 2002 when I took this photo, this is what was being promoted as “Golf Fitness” (don’t do that!)

What Is Golf Fitness?

The ultimate goal of a golf fitness program is to make someone a better golfer. This type of fitness is greatly different from what I believe the average person’s view of what “general fitness” is. In the world of general fitness, most people are after aesthetic changes. Lose some body fat, gain some muscle, and looking better in a bathing suit. (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  But looking fit is different than moving well. For athletics, we need to train for the physical qualities that make one a better athlete.

Those physical qualities are:

Flexibility, mobility, stability, balance, strength, speed & power.

“Golf instructors are great. They can change your swing, but they can’t change your body! The best way to get the most out of my significant  investment in lessons is to have a body that can do more and give my pro more to work with.”__Ken Davenport

“I think most people associate the term fitness with someone that is: slim or muscular, what I call mirror fitness. Being Fit For Golf isn’t about looking good, it’s about having the physical qualities that will allow you to get into position to swing the club properly, play with consistency, and with minimal risk of injury.”__Brett The Golf Guy

“The focus of the training is to create efficient movement patterns that will allow you to make the most of your body, your lessons, your practice, and your game!”__Brett The Golf Guy 

It’s about moving better to give you the potential to play golf better.

So how do you know what needs to move better?

That’s what the movement screens tell us.  The purpose of movement screens is to help identify possible risk factors for specific swing faults or injuries common to that sport.

“The purpose of screening is to give us a snapshot of where our athlete is. Where they need to go, and what we should focus on to get the most out of their time with you.”__Jason Glass, TPI Instructor 

“Most amateur golfers are not physically capable to perform the required body movements that are involved in a mechanically correct golf swing.”Mike Boyle, Strength, and Conditioning Specialist.

“Golf-specific fitness is addressing the limitations that you have that are causing issues in your swing.”_Mike Hansen 

For the vast majority of you reading this, your needs are going to be mobility based and revolve around these rotational centers.

  1. The Hips 

      2. The Thoracic Spine

   3.  The Shoulders (Both External Rotation and Shoulder Flexion)

If you struggle with one or more of these areas, you are going to struggle to load the backswing properly, to stay in posture, to sequence the downswing properly, and to get through the ball after impact.

In other words, you are going to struggle with golf. You will complain of a lack of consistency and lack of power. 

Once we improve or fix these major mobility issues you can make the most out of your lessons, your practice, and your game. You will have more yards, more years, and more fun playing golf.

Let’s get you started! Just send me an email to: info@golffitnesscharlotte.com and tell me “Help me play golf better”. I’ll know what you mean…

Brett