Golf might appear like a simple, minimal energy sport, but it is only when you are on the green that you realize just how much power each stroke requires. You can get a full body workout because from your feet to your arms, each part of your body is actively engaged when you are making a shot. You also need to ensure that you have good posture and are physically fit enough to handle each shot with ease. Poor fitness and poor posture can result in golfing accidents and injuries.
On the other hand, the image of portly golfers is so ingrained in the sport that it is often hard to think that professional golfers are very physically fit. Even if they are packing a few pounds, they have a strong core that allows them to handle any shot with ease. An interesting fact is that many golfers will end up spending thousands on golfing equipment or take lessons to learn golf, but few will ever consider indulging in exercise or realize that they need to improve their fitness level as well.
Understanding Your Physical Limitations
The first thing you need to do when planning your own golf fitness plan is to understand the kind of physical limitations you are experiencing and want to overcome. Physical limitations can differ, but many are common ones that can be addressed with healthy fitness routine, extra training and more. For starters, take a look at the following swing limitations that many golfers often face:
- 3% Face Loss of Posture – This occurs when the body angles away from the original position when they are setting up the swing.
- 2% Experience Flatness in the Shoulder Plane – This occurs when the shoulders angle in a horizontal plane that is greater than the spine angle’s axis.
- 3% Face Problems with Early Extension – This happens when the spine and the hip start to straighten or extend earlier than expected during down swing.
- 9% suffer from Scooping, Casting or Early Release – This occurs when the wrist angles are released before the downswing is properly made and impact.
- 5% Experience Over-the-Top shot – This occurs when the club is unintentionally thrown out of the swing plane that was intended for the shot. It gives the club an irregular out-to-in approach that doesn’t bode well for the accuracy.
Once you identify your own physical limitations, you can set out to fix them with the help of fitness. While many golfers who experience these physical limitations consider extra training and more golfing classes, few ever think about adding a fitness regimen into the mix to refine their performance. The main reason why fitness plays such a huge role is that it allows you to engage your body better, have better posture and you are also able to expend your energy wisely, allowing you overcome your physical limitations in a healthy manner.
Exercise on a regular basis will also allow you to avoid getting golfing injuries. These are more common and more severe than you might think. In fact, golfing injuries can cause serious damage to your elbows, shoulders and upper and lower back as well. Considering this fact it is better to be safe than sorry in the long run. By working out, you give your body the strength and flexibility to safely administer that.
The Kind of Exercises You Should Include
Now, when you are considering a fitness plan, you can either pick from the pre-set fitness plans, or you can devise your own plan that will allow you to target different areas of the body in accordance with the goals you have in mind. In fact, if you are thinking of making a personalized fitness plan, make sure it covers the following focus areas when it comes to exercises:
- A Push Exercise
- A Pull Exercise
- An exercise for your lower Body
- An exercise for your core
All these can combine to give your body a major workout, particularly when you are thinking of exercising for golf. These can seem like a lot but they will help you get in shape faster and also engage all the muscles in your body that a golf swing engages.
Blending Strength with Mobility
When it comes to exercising, you have to be careful to switch it up every now and then. With the help of the right exercise regimen, you can ensure that you have a strong core and don’t lose any strength when moving. In this case, you should couple mobility exercises with strength exercises.
A good example of this is the burpee planks. These involve planking and then jumping up to a burpee and then resuming a plank position again. The exercise actively engages your core, allows you to push and workout your lower body with ease. Be sure to incorporate these exercises but also ensure that you are indulging in them with proper form. Without proper form, you will end up hurting your back more.
Varying Your Exercises
With any workout, there are moments when your body hits a plateau. A plateau or a plane refers to the fact that the exercise or the workout regimen stops making a difference in your physical growth. Your muscles become assimilated to the weight, the workout and more. In this case, you will be working out without seeing any tangible results. For this reason, make sure that you switch up your exercises regularly.
For example: If you do a plank for a week, keep increasing the duration by a minute each day. Similarly, after a week, make use of an exercise ball or skip the plank for a sideways plank. By always improving and increasing the intensity of your workouts, you can ensure that your body continues to get stronger and you are able to make tangible gains. Also remember to switch up your diet. Exercise and diet go hand in hand so if you want to see faster results, you need to make sure that your workout routine is boosted with the help of the right diet.