Two Areas of Fitness to Improve Your Golf

Many of us do not get enough exer­cise in our lives. The most handy excuse we give is that we sim­ply do not have enough time in our busy lives. In real­i­ty, we prob­a­bly lack the required dis­ci­pline and desire to lead as healthy of lifestyles as we should. It may be unre­al­is­tic to think we will imple­ment a full blown golf fit­ness pro­gram. Most ama­teur golfers sim­ply do not have this lev­el of com­mit­ment to their golf games.

There are two areas of per­son­al fit­ness that golfers can focus on with lit­tle time com­mit­ment that will have the most pos­i­tive impact on their game, flex­i­bil­i­ty and endurance. Lift­ing weights is not one of them. Big mus­cles do not direct­ly trans­late into hit­ting the ball far­ther and cer­tain­ly aren’t required for a con­sis­tent swing. Hit­ting your shots far­ther is achieved by increas­ing your club­head speed. Oth­er­wise bean­pole six­teen year olds could not hit 300 yard dri­ves.

Flex­i­bil­i­ty is key in get­ting the prop­er rota­tion and turn in your golf swing. Many high hand­i­cap and begin­ner golfers do not have enough rota­tion in their swing. They com­pen­sate their lack of rota­tion by either sway­ing and swing­ing too much with their arms. Both of these actions can lead to an over the top, out­side to in swing which often results in a slice. Full rota­tion in your golf wing is ben­e­fi­cial in cre­at­ing a con­sis­tent, inside to out swing.

Increas­ing your flex­i­bil­i­ty will make it eas­i­er to increase your rota­tion in your swing. While stretch­ing every­day is ide­al, increased flex­i­bil­i­ty can be real­ized by stretch­ing as lit­tle as twen­ty min­utes three times a week. Pilates and yoga are two of the most pop­u­lar meth­ods to stretch today. The ben­e­fit of Pilates or yoga is that in addi­tion to increas­ing your flex­i­bil­i­ty, both also strength­en your core mus­cles (with­out lift­ing weights!). A strength­ened core pro­motes bet­ter bal­ance which helps with con­sis­ten­cy in your swing.

Endurance is an area of fit­ness that most ama­teur golfers over­look. It is espe­cial­ly over­looked by those who ride a cart. Why do I need to wor­ry about endurance when I don’t even walk my round? You’d be sur­prised how many golfers tire by the end of their round because they’re sim­ply not in shape. Walk­ing more through­out your day is a great way to build your endurance and improve your over­all fit­ness. The eas­i­est way to increase the num­ber of steps you take a week is to begin walk­ing your golf round. Walk using a pull cart instead of rid­ing a pow­ered cart. There are also many oth­er areas of your life you can increase your walk­ing. Take the stairs instead of the ele­va­tor. Do you have a dog? Take him for reg­u­lar walks. He’ll love you for it and you’ll be cre­at­ing a health­i­er you.

Take at least a total of an hour a week to stretch your body. Find ways to include more walk­ing in your dai­ly life. Your golf game will thank you for it.


  1. Depends if you want to hit the ball with pow­er or make a slap­ping pass at the ball. Use the left side if you want to hit the ball sha­girtt or cre­ate a draw. If your swing is all right hand­ed you can count on incon­sis­tent shots such as the slice or pull hooks. Your choice.

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