golfers will spend hundreds of dollars on a driver. They'll spend hundreds on lessons. Some will spend tens of thousands to
be able to play at the most prestigious country clubs. Many will spend hundreds on expensive golf balls. But, the average
golfer will not spend a dime on improving the most valuable asset to his game: his body. I can't imagine buying a $1200 set
of clubs, and not doing some sort of strength training program to ensure I could use them to their full capacity. The average
golfer's conditioning program consists of a couple of practice swings, maybe a few twists to loosen up, and then it's off
to the races. Think about it, what's more important, a graphite shaft, or a strong and healthy lower back? You do not get
in shape by playing golf; you get in shape to play golf, at least to play golf more safely and successfully. Your physical
ability has more influence on how straight and far you can hit a golf ball, than what golf equipment does. The alignment of
your spine and strength of your spinal and back muscles have more influence on your physical ability to hit the golf ball
than any other part of you body. The development of skill in golf serves one basic purpose: it enables you to use the strength
of your muscles with greater efficiency. Your hours on the practice tee hone your ability to use your muscles, but what are
you doing for your muscles?
Golf is an
explosive sport that places a premium on good core strength, speed from being loose and flexible, and having strong legs.
A proper golf strength-training program takes each of these attributes into account and focuses some of the training time
on developing these areas of need. Although the upper body -- the swing -- is where the action is expressed in golf, the "posterior
chain" of the hips, gluteal (butt) and upper legs and the abdominals are of equal importance in the execution of the
swing. Your muscles also have the ability to contract and shorten, producing varying levels of movement force in the process.
A proper progressive strength training program enhances your muscles' contraction capacity, thereby increasing your movement
force and improving your musculoskeletal function. Such strength conditioning provides the dual benefit of more power production
and greater resistance to potentially damaging forces.
Many golfers I talk with think that injuries like low back pain and shoulder problems are just a part of
the game. What if I told you that a proper strength training program can cure most of these ailments, and can dramatically
improve the risk of experiencing future problems? In addition, a proper strength training program can dramatically improve
your game. It is interesting to note that golfers may not recognize poor physical function until they begin to function better.
Many of the program participants reported feeling more energetic and less fatigued during their golf games. Some were amazed
at how much more they enjoyed playing golf after starting a proper strength training program.
The game of golf produces unbelievable forces on all the joints-the spine, hip, knees, elbows shoulders,
and neck. As a result many high level golfers suffer some type of or orthopedic injury sometime in their life. These injuries
to the golfer’s joints may reduce or eliminate their ability to play golf for their lifetime. Proper strength training
will improve their golf game and will reduce the potential and severity of injuries because your muscles, ligaments, and tendons
become stronger, more functional and durable with regular high intensity strength training workouts. Although you could increase
your hitting power and reduce your injury risk by practicing proper swing mechanics under the watchful eye of a professional
golf instructor, you also could improve your swing and decrease your potential for injury by performing appropriate strengthening
exercises that produce a flexible and strong musculoskeletal system. As you achieve higher levels of fitness, you can generate
more power with less effort, thereby producing a smoother swing with greater club head speed. You will develop more force
without forcing the action, which is essential for long and consistent drives.
Despite amazing technological advances in golf training aids, and gadgets to help a golfer's game, many are
not seeing improvements. Without discounting the importance of golf-specific skill practice, if improvements in muscular structural
integrity are not made, the game so many enjoy will not be tolerable over their lifetime.
Since I have mentioned “proper strength training” many times
in this article let me touch on that subject. A proper strength training program must be one that provides high-intensity
low force resistance training. The high-intensity causes the strength and muscle increases while the low force resistance
makes it safe for all ages. Exercise Solution’s program is a private, one-on-one personal exercise training facility
that uses the safest, most productive clinical exercise technology know.
Now here’s the great part. All of these benefits to enhance your golf game can be obtained with only
one weekly session lasting under 30 minutes. Hard to believe, but our prescribed once per week workouts allow your body (muscles,
tendons and ligaments) its natural course to recover and build long-term, sustained strength and muscle tone that will have
you hitting longer golf shots while preventing any future injuries from playing the game of golf.
Here are just a few of the many golfers that train at Exercise Solution:
2003 CT Amateur
2006-2007 WMGA Match Play Champion
Match Play Runner Up
2007 WMGA Player of the Year
MGA French American Team
2003 & 2005 USGA Connecticut State Team Member
2007 USGA Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifying Medalist
Mid Amateur Qualifier
2003 MGA Mixed Pinehurst Champion
Stroke Play Runner-up
7-time Westchester Fairfield Champion
8-time WMGA Griscom Cup Team Member
49 Knollwood Road
Wee Burn Country Club
410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road
Darien, CT 06820