Golf Fitness. What is it? Why is it important? Why are you even reading about this? FORE! ... Now that I have your attention, let's answer these questions. Let's first postulate on why you would be reading about golf fitness. One of these two words, or both of these words put together, could have caught your eye for some reason. Perhaps you're a golfer and you're wondering why it's attached to the word "fitness." Perhaps you're a fitness enthusiast who happens to golf or knows someone who is a golfer. Or maybe you're a golf fan and you wonder how those guys on the PGA Tour drive the ball 300 plus yards with ease. In any case, let's shed some light on what golf fitness is and why it's important.
Let's first define fitness. Fitness is defined as the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task - in this case, golf. Being fit for golf means addressing three key components: Capacity, Performance, and Recovery.
Capacity - What is your body capable of handling from the demands of golf? Can you bend over and touch your toes? Can you squat? How much can you rotate your hips and shoulders? How strong are you? How is your balance?
Performance - How well does your body do while golfing? Does your body feel loose or tight when you swing a club? Do you hit your ball as far as you would like? Are you fatiguing coming into the back nine?
Recovery - How does your body feel after a round? Does your body ache? Is your back sore? How does your body feel the next day?
Now let's connect some dots. If you have the capacity to bend over and touch your toes, teeing the ball up should be a breeze. The stronger you are, the further your drives will go. If you can squat, you can get a better read of the green before a "putt for dough." So why not work on your golf fitness by increasing your capacity?
Imagine that your capacity has been increased by working on your golf fitness. How much better do you think you would perform during a round? All of your swings would feel silky smooth without any hitches or strains. Your flexibility and power capacity have increased and all of a sudden you are driving the ball on that long par 4 a bit further down the fairway and all you have left for your approach is a short iron instead of your hybrid. Green in regulation!
Now the round is over. You used to feel the usual back soreness and stiffness as you enjoy the 19th hole beverage. Not so much now since you've been working on your recovery within your fitness routine. You can actually sit comfortably while considering if you should play another 18!
Now that we've answered those questions, doesn't Golf Fitness sound important to you? For more information and to experience a Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness screening, come to Beach Fitness and ask for me, the resident Golf Fitness professional.