Who says golfers aren’t athletes? Make no mistake – good golf requires a great deal of athleticism! We all know that golf requires coordination and concentration, but those who seriously seek to improve their game acknowledge the need for strength, power, flexibility, core stability , and endurance as well. Physical fitness enhances athleticism which in turn provides consistency in any golfer’s game. During the winter doldrums, prepare for your spring campaign by starting a golf-specific fitness program.
Depending on where you live, you may have several months to greatly improve you strength and flexibility during the offseason. Don’t let your clubs rust and forget your game during the winter. It’s no secret that if you improve your strength and flexibility, you will improve your swing and hit longer drives that produce lower scores.
What is the best way to prepare yourself for the upcoming golf season? You’ve got several options. For many, the best bet is working with a local fitness professional who works regularly with golfers. A trainer who knows the mechanics of the golf swing can best train those muscle groups involved, and develop a specific program tailored for you. Of course, there are also dozens of DVDs and books published yearly that focus on golf fitness. Nothing grooves a swing like practice, and even golfers from northern climes can find driving ranges open year round to perfect their swing. Many ranges are floodlit and offer covered bays, allowing even the busiest golfer to squeeze in some practice time during winter months.
Another way to keep your game sharp during winter months doesn’t involve swinging a club. An exercise routine will maintain strength and flexibility in the offseason. Joining a gym or exercising regularly doing golf-specific workouts can get you ready to play your best in the spring. A recent study concluded that 5 weeks of 5 minute exercises done only 5 days a week can increase clubhead speed by an average of 24%. Every golfer understands that exercise can increase distance on their drives by increasing swing speed and power. If you incorporate an exercise routine with regular visits to your local driving range, you may well see an improvement in your game once spring arrives.
So don’t let the offseason go by without improving your game by improving your body. All it takes is a few minutes of your time a few days of the week to dramatically enhance your skills. Not much of a sacrifice to play better golf, is it?
Written by Art Thornton with Fairway Rewards
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