Golf, in its most modern form, has captivated the attention of the masses since the 15th century. Golf is known as the “gentleman’s game” primarily because of the rules, their implementation, and the way in which the golfer conducts him or herself while on the course. One is required to monitor oneself and maintain self control and is bound by two simple principles: honesty and fair play.
Almost all golfers are in search of that elusive perfect game. The effortless drive, flawless swing, and unwavering composure are all components of the game they strive to play. Even professionals are constantly trying to improve their performance. On March 7th, Rory McIlroy, the highest ranked golfer in the world, threw his club into the lake after a bad shot. Thought by some as one of the world’s greatest golfers at the tender age of 25, McIlroy did something that most golfer’s would be ashamed of (though most of us have thought of doing it).The point is that we are all seeking to play the perfect game that doesn’t really exist. But we want to improve, right? There is always room for improvement. There will always be things about golf that we can’t control: the wind speed, the weather, the lighting, hazards, etc. But let’s focus on the things that we can control. The three things that I would consider to be the most critical and controllable when it comes to improving performance would be guidance, perfect practice, and physical conditioning.
For the purposes of this blog post, I want to focus on physical conditioning. When I was a kid, I thought of golf as an old man’s sport. I had very little interest in it and the exposure I had to it was limited to a bunch of overweight, older men drinking beer having a good time. While that still does exist on some level, the perceptions of golfers has drastically evolved in recent history. With golfers like Tiger Woods, Jordan Speith, Rory McIlroy, Lexi Thompson, and Dustin Johnson, golfers are viewed as super-fit athletes.
As I have spent the last year or so working specifically with golfers to improve their performance, I have learned how basic fitness is the foundation of a good golf swing. Primarily we are looking for a powerful base, strong core, sufficient flexibility, and body awareness. Additionally, mind and breath control can be a vital component of golf fitness. All of these components can be improved upon using strength training, TRX, Pilates, boxing, and yoga. When working with clients who are trying to improve their golf game, I focus on mainly these training formats. However, I strongly encourage everyone to find a physical activity or exercise that excites you, motivates you and keeps you coming back for more.
My 6-week golf specific group training program will begin on April 23rd. If you are interested, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org