The most pertinent substandard physical attribute that causes weak abdominals and subsequently the flexibility required for an efficient golf swing, especially in more mature overweight golfers, is the unwanted spare tyre in your midriff area. Yes… your most infuriating enemy, “Middle-Age Spread.”
The best way to lose your unsightly surplus weight is to undertake core exercises specific to golf, which in effect will ‘kill two birds with one stone’. Once you understand the concepts of golf-specific core training and the biomechanics of the golf swing, you can begin to accumulate the essential components of a suitable golf fitness program.
An ideal golf fitness program will provide you with the necessary levels of flexibility, balance, strength, endurance, and power to consistently execute an efficient swing. So, as soon as you get rid of your excess fat, you will become more flexible, your overall performance will drastically improve and you will consistently hit the golf ball with more accuracy and power.
One of the most common areas of desired improvement for almost any golfer is increased distance, which is universally associated to increased club-head speed… and subsequently, this increase is directly related to the golfer’s individual power outputs. Creating maximum power within the golf swing is equally dependent on both swing mechanics and the individual body swinging the club.
Power in relation to the body can be defined as the ability of the body to create the greatest amount of force in the shortest amount of time.
As you become more powerful and your body enhances its ability to generate greater force, your club-head speed increases and the golf ball will travel straighter and further.
The golf swing is a rotational movement concentrating in the core region of your body, and by increasing the force outputs of your abdominal muscles, you will invariably improve the power in your swing seriouslygolf. However, this is only one example of where core training and golf fitness can improve your game. Many additional areas of improvement can occur when you develop your body correctly and specifically for golf.
You should already understand that the biomechanics of the golf swing require certain levels of flexibility, balance, strength, endurance, and power to execute correctly, and you need minimal levels of these physical components at the very least to execute the golf swing correctly.
The core is an anatomical region of your body where much of the movements within the golf swing occur, and if your core fitness program is not specific to the golf swing, the benefits may be less than optimal. The core exercises within your golf fitness program must directly correlate with each individual movement of the golf swing.
Finally, in addition to your golf fitness program, stretching exercises will enhance the flexibility of your body in relation to the golf swing. Golf stretches often return tight muscles such as the hamstrings and deltoids to their proper length. This results in the ability of your body to perform the biomechanics of the golf swing correctly.
Here’s a perfect golf fitness stretching tip that will help your range of motion during your golf swing, enabling you to achieve much higher club-head speed and quickly improve your driving distance. I call it the Backswing Shoulder Stretch:
Extend your left arm out in front of you in a handshake position, with your thumb pointing skyward.
Take your right hand and put it under your left wrist, so the back of your hands are touching each other.
Pull with your right hand against your left wrist and make as big a turn on back swing as possible.
Hold for at least 15 seconds, then repeat twice more.
Reverse the stretch to work the follow through.
As you can see this is a simple golf training tip, but one that is very effective if you do it consistently, and is a great stretching exercise to do throughout your round in order to maintain a full backswing.
This is just one golf training tip that can have a big impact on your performance; and is well worth trying.
So, in conclusion, if you are one of many golfers who are not finding their golf swing improving through practice and instruction. Take a moment and look at the actual body swinging the golf club. This, quite probably, will be the root of your golf swing problems.
Fix your flexibility faults through a combination of weight loss, golf-specific core training and golf stretches and you will find yourself on the road to lower golf scores and more enjoyment in the wonderful game of golf.
Finally, what would you say if I told you I could set you on the road to success with an easy and enjoyable golf fitness regimen and transform your game forever in as little as two weeks?
Paul Fintan has been providing helpful instruction to students of all standards, from school children to future successful tour professionals for over thirty years. However, since he approached “middle-age”, he has very much promoted the specific connection between weight loss (waistline reduction) and golf improvement (handicap reduction).