Conditioning Exercising for Golf
Millions of people love golf—the outdoorsy aspects of
the sport, the history, the smell of freshly mown green, the
intensity of the swing, the drive and sinking that perfect
But as any golfer can tell you, there's more to golfing
than hitting a ball with a stick. Check out these tips for
putting your body in the best condition for the sport.
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- Golf conditioning is about strength and flexibility.
If you are strong and flexible, you can increase the
power of your drive and the speed of your swing. When
you're in training for golf, focus on whole body
conditioning before you ever hit the links.
- Get with an expert. You'll want to work with a personal
trainer who is conversant with the needs of golfers, because
golf puts unusual requirements on the body. A trainer who
understands golf will be able to help you target bodily
areas and particular exercises to help you maximize your
power and build strength to prevent injury. Because golf
uses your body in different ways from other sports, it also
places you at risk for different injuries. An expert can
help you avoid injury and spend more time golfing.
- Stretch, and then stretch again. Do your hamstrings,
back, shoulders and rotator cuffs. Don't neglect your
rotators; they are prone to injury in golf and you rely on
them to do a lot of the work on the links.
- Work out on and off the course. You should stretch and
warm up before playing, but also follow a conditioning
routine of cardio and strength training even when you aren't
playing. We've all heard of someone who dropped dead at the
eleventh hole; that's because he only golfed in summer and
didn't exercise the rest of the year. Change your workout
every three months and work out all year long—not only when
- Golfers tend to get hurt in the back and shoulders,
elbows, wrists and hips. A good golf swing puts a lot of
stress on the shoulders and the twist in the body can do a
serious number on an unlimbered back. Pay attention to the
places where people get injured in golf by proper stretching
and warm-ups as well as learning the right way to swing from
- Cardio it. Okay, you don't have to run in golf. But your
heart needs conditioning no matter what your sport. Take a
brisk walk or do aerobics for at last a half-hour three or
more times a week to stay fit all over.
- Build strength through weight lifting. Weight lifting
makes for stronger bones and muscles and reduces your
potential for injury. Strength train for three, thirty
minutes workouts a week when you aren't golfing, and do it
twice a week when you are playing.
- Change it up. Both to prevent boredom and to continue to
challenge your body to change in positive ways, work with a
trainer to create different exercise routines. Vary your
sets and reps in strength training, with a new program every
three months or so.
- Remember you're not just a golfing machine! Your whole
body makes you the golfer you are (and the one you want to
be!) Don't skip one type of exercise in favor of another and
don't ignore one set of muscles because you think they
aren't relevant. Use everything you have to stay strong and
- Don’t mess around. People get in trouble when they try
to combine their beloved golf clubs with other exercise.
Using a weighted club can lead to trouble as your body tries
to adjust to the unusual torque. If you want to do fancy
things with golf clubs, pay a pro and work out with him or
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