Golf Fitness

Photo of Tiger WoodsIntroduction: Before the Tiger Wood’s era, the words golf, fitness or athlete were never used together.  Golf has traditionally not been viewed as a sport, but a past-time for lazy, beer drinking, cigar smoking people.  If you ask any tour player they will surely tell you they have incorporated fitness and nutrition to improve their game.

 

Unfortunately technology and equipment is lending the average golfer to believe that they do not have to be in shape to play.  They believe playing as much as possible, hitting as many balls as possible with their forgiving and long equipment will lower their scores, when actually spending time on their bodies is more beneficial.  The average 19 stroke handicap since technology started to take off has not changed much in the last 15 years.  As for the tour, fitness has increased ball speeds and club-head speeds and are contributing to lower scores.

 

What the weekend golfer needs to understand, just an hour or so a week working on their physical deficiencies, created by sedentary lifestyles, will contribute to lower scores rather than taking a lesson here or there, or buying the newest driver.  This is where I, and many other golf fitness and medical experts come into play.  Getting assessed by a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute), a FMS (Functional Movement Screen) or SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) certified Chiropractor, Physical Therapist or fitness expert is crucial to shave a few strokes off your game and keep you playing for longer.

 

After being assessed, your certified professional, such as myself, will point out movement and physical deficiencies you may have in your golf swing, posture or just daily movements and help you to play your best golf.  What it comes down to is making the game more enjoyable for you!

 

Here are my main reasons for taking control of your body and your golf game by seeing me or another certified professional

  • Hit the ball longer, more solid and straighter
  • Prevent your from getting hurt and helping you playing longer
  • Perform at your peak, improve focus and concentration
  • Helps you feel better by enjoying the game more
  • Keeping you free of chronic disease such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis

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Here’s a little history about fitness and golf:

Until recently the golf game was thought to be a triangle comprised with a foundation of instruction, followed by a middle mental game and the top consisting of golf club equipment.

 

Until Tiger Woods stormed onto the golf scene and set the bar so high, we quickly realized the game of golf is a pie, with 6 interrelated pieces.

  • Physical game is basically anything in the body that can affect performance:
    • Composed of fitness (posture, flexibility, strength, mobility and stability)
      • This is where a fitness coach/trainer fits into the pie
    • Swing faults from physical limitation
    • Nutrition

pie chart for parts of a golf game

    • Health
  • ALL OF THE PHYSICAL GAME PARTS IS WHERE A TPI CERTIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL PLAYS IN. The Medical Professional overlooks the fitness coach and swing coach to make sure they are not injuring the athlete!
  • Mental Game including emotion
    • This is where a mental coach fits into the pie
  • Equipment
    • This is where a club fitter influences the pie
  • Instruction
    • Fundamentals (grip, stance, alignment, ball position and swing)
    • Basic long game
    • Putting
    • This is where a swing instructor or coach plays into the pie
  • Shot making skills
    • Short game
    • Advanced shots
    • This is where a specific coach fits into the pie
  • Course management

 

Now you know about how important it is to be fit for golf, You may be wondering what is TPI?

 

See my following page under golf labeled TPI!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:

  • Dill, Darcy. Body Friendly Golf
  • Palacios-Jansen, Karen. Golf Fitness
  • Chek, Paul.  The Golf Biomechanics Manual
  • TPI Level 1 manual