Monday, November 20, 2006

Golf Specific Fitness Is Underrated

By Mike Pedersen

Tip! The amateur during this time of the year (usually the winter when snow is on the ground) can implement a golf fitness program. A golf fitness program will entail developing the physical capacities of the body around the golf swing.

Golf specific fitness is mainstream on tour! There is no way around it! To play your best, you've got to be in better golf shape! Golf is physical�and requires both dynamic strength and flexibility.

Gone are the days of the 19th hole! That's if you want to be top dog in your foursome. Instead of going to the 19th hole after your round, why not do some cool down stretches so you're ready for the next round?

I'm not saying you have to be a fanatic, but just realize there is a definite "physical component to optimal golf performance. The demand on the body to swing a club at upwards of 100 mph and stay in your golf posture is huge.

A golf specific fitness program incorporating golf exercise and golf stretching will maximize your body's ability to produce awesome power where it counts�at impact!

What is golf specific fitness?

I can tell you it's not going to a gym and doing a seated chest press. It's not spending 2 hours everyday beating yourself up. It's not lifting heavy weights. But it does require a commitment. Just like anything else worth achieving.

That phrase, "if it were easy, everybody would be doing it" is so true.

With over 70 million baby boomers who want to enjoy life, be healthier and a big majority of them playing golf�golf specific fitness "kills two birds with one stone". A fitter, stronger body and an awesome golf game. What better way to spend your quality years?

Tip! On the other hand, if you were only able to hold the starting position of the Russian Twist for 15 seconds before your lower back started to bother you, this is an indicator to me that this is where we begin your golf fitness program. I would have you �hold� the start position of this golf exercise for a certain number of seconds and sets.

Golf specific fitness incorporates dynamic strength and flexibility; muscular endurance directly related to your golf swing; balance; coordination: stability; and a much improve sequence of timing to produce maximum power through the impact zone.

Golf specific fitness does not require heavy weights, but improving your golf swing strength is always a goal. Being stronger in your golf swing takes a unique approach that is not accomplished with a general fitness program.

The main focus should be on "rotational" strength and flexibility!

Tip! A golf fitness coach or program should incorporate strength, flexibility, endurance, body awareness, balance, stability and even a nutrition component.

The golf swing is a high-speed rotational movement. The goal for maximum distance is to create a higher level of torque and be able to store and unleash it at the right moment in time.

This requires a major emphasis on core rotational movements with resistance. This is the ONLY way to improve your backswing AND follow through range of motion and power. These movements should be done sitting on a stability ball; standing erect; getting in your golf posture; and even on one leg.

It kills me to see a trainer do a bicep curl with a golf client. This will NOT help your golf swing. Just take a look at the position your wrist is in doing a standard bicep curl. It's turned out very awkwardly (and uncomfortably).

Tip! I have purchase all the golf fitness videos on the market doing research since I'm in that business. I have been hugely disappointed at all the 'hollywood fluff' and talking on these videos.

Do you grip a golf club like this? Then why would you do this exercise? If you're a golfer, you wouldn't!

How about a seated chest press on a machine?

I've seen golfers in the gym doing this one.

Golf is "on your feet", using every major muscle group in your body in a certain sequence of motion. How would a "seated" chest press on a "controlled" machine help your golf swing?

It wouldn't!

Golf specific fitness will get your body moving powerfully through your golf swing for 18 holes. Your swing will become more consistent. You will add a ton of yards to all your clubs�especially your driver. And your incident of injury will plummet.

Tip! When you're researching golf fitness videos, there are several things to keep in mind. There should be easy to follow demonstrations of every golf exercise.

Isn't this reason enough to get start on a program of golf specific fitness?

About The Author: Mike Pedersen is one of the top golf performance experts in the country. He is Golf Magazines golf performance expert; author, and founder of several cutting-edge online golf performance membership sites. Take a look at his just released golf dvds and manual at his improve golf swing site - Perform Better Golf.