Golf is unique. In no other sport does such a small change in angle mean so much to your game.
It’s the only sport where, at that crucial moment, you are completely still and nothing else matters.
You have to be focus on nothing but your swing.
Did you know that when you swing a club, you’re using up to 90% of your muscle mass to rotate your body? That equates to going in to the gym and picking up a weight that is so heavy you can only lift it four times before being forced to put it down.
Why condition for golf?
Because if you want to be good at it, you have to condition your body to handle it.
Most people take up golf as they get older; they’re done with football and the fast sports, and take up golf thinking it requires a lower level of conditioning. When, in fact, the conditioning level is still very high, it’s just not as cardiovascularly challenging.
How do you condition for golf?
First, let me tell you how not to condition yourself for golf:
- On machines
- On a piece of CV
- By doing loads of sit-ups
Conditioning for golf needs to be specific to you as an individual.
So, providing a basic programme could potentially make your golf worse if you shouldn’t be doing those exercises.
In general, rotational and power exercises are good. When I say power, however, I don’t mean heavy. I mean fast, like throwing a medicine ball.
If you’re naturally very stiff then you should be doing flexibility exercises.
And if you’re naturally very bendy then doing some strengthening exercises will help: the stiffer you are, the more stable your joints are. As much as you need flexibility when going through the swing, too much flexibility will put unnecessary stress on your back, neck, knees and shoulders.
Stay tuned for part 2 where I’ll be addressing some swing faults that might not be coaching related, but mechanically related, and how you may be able to correct them and your swing.