In today’s society it takes a lot more to be a high performing athlete then ever before. There has been more research done on sports specific fitness training over the last few years and how it has helped athletes reach that next level.
Through experience, I have noticed a larger difference in my golf game since I started training in the gym specifically for golf. There are many other ways to improve your golf game than being on the course! Even back when I was going through Junior Golf in 2006-2010, this was a very new theory for many. I was lucky enough to be one of the first groups to go through the fitness and mental side of golf as part of team Ontario. This opened my eyes to different methods of training specifically for golf. There are so many dimensions to the golf game as this sport is a lot different from many others. You may not see how mobility and strength can have an impact on your golf game, but that is what we are here to inform you about.
The unique thing about golf, is that it is not a very physical demanding sport, however, it does use many unique muscles in a specific sequence. In golf it is not necessary to attain a certain body figure or even to become more cardiovascular fit, but more specifically, to prepare certain muscles for the golf sequence. It is very important that you not only have very good mobility for these sequences, but stability as well. This is why training in a gym for golf is very important.
Many people ask “How do you train for golf?” This is a very good question. Typically you want to work on explosive movements, rotary movements and focus mainly on the gluteus muscles and core. Any type of stability movements, such as resistant band work is extremely good for golf. With the golf swing demanding quite a bit of flexibility, it is also important to maintain mobility as well as strength through your training. To increase stability, bilateral training is highly recommended. This means while loading up one side of the body with your own weight, or even added weight, the opposite side of your body is stabilizing to perform the lift. Another way of attaining strength and stability for golf are any eccentric movements because this is key for gaining strength in the larger muscles and proper loading of the muscles. During every exercise it is very important to have proper form. If not, your risk to injury is very highly increased. Having a coach is very highly recommended before using any weight or trying any complicated moves.
We have noticed that posture is even more of an issue in young children then it ever was previously. It is very common that athletes have either a posterior or anterior pelvic tilt. This means that either their pelvis is tilted inward (anterior tilt) or it is tilted outward (posterior tilt). This is also the case with their shoulder girdles. Part of training is to make the athletes more aware of their body and correct postures to ensure we are working the right muscles and providing ourselves with the ability to create the most rotation possible. Posture becomes a very important part of golf as it requires the ability to stay in posture throughout your swing.
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). This program is a physical screen specifically for golfers. This screen tests many different movements to detect mobility deficiencies and stability and strength weaknesses.
It is very important in the golf swing to understand how the body works and how to get it to work properly. By training in the gym, you have the opportunity to increase distance and accuracy. You need a proper sequence in the golf swing to create the most efficient results, training in the gym is the perfect place for this.
In TPI we learned how the body works and moves and how to directly correlate this information to the golf swing. This will be very beneficial in teaching the golf swing. If a coach and golfer are trying to get into the right positions, it is very important to understand why they aren’t already getting there or why they can’t get there. Diagnosing a mobility or stability problem will help in fixing their swing as well as fixing their movement patterns.
As a college golfer, I have directly seen immediate results from training in the gym. Not only did I gain yardage, but my swing also felt effortless. In college we played 54 hole tournaments. A lot of these tournaments were 2 days leaving us to play 36 holes in a single day. This was not only very physically demanding, but also mentally demanding as well. The stronger I was and the more in shape I was helped improve my stamina in both departments. Because my body was stronger I didn’t have to fight the physical fatigue most people do. This gave me advantage because I never had to worry about swing changes as it got to the end of the day.
Gaining an edge on competitors is what Geared to Golf is all about. With experience in Amateur golf, I know how important the physical component is. It has become an essential part of golf and progressing your game. I love the idea of training for golf because unlike other sports, you don’t need a specific body type like gymnastics or football in order to perform. However, what you do need is strength, flexibility and the ability of knowing how to attain a good sequence in your swing that also works for your body and your swing.
This is a great life lesson for young athletes as not only will it make them a better golfer, but subsequently it will teach them life long lessons on healthy living. Training in the gym is something that we should all learn to love and enjoy. As a young athlete, this habits are very good to have. It will become part of their everyday life and something they will continue to do forever. Our goal is to have our athletes excited to train in the gym and think that it is fun. It is another critical part to the game of golf, and better yet an awesome way to promote healthy living and correct body movements.
Geared to Golf wants each golfer to love the game even more and become a better person within our community.