Golf Fitness Best Practice: Tailor a Balanced Fitness Program

Keith Brokaw is the Founder of Vitality Sports Solutions in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Keith Brokaw on the importance of tailoring a balanced fitness program:

Beneath golf’s serene exterior lies a game that demands precision, strength and flexibility. The pursuit of excellence in golf goes beyond the fairways and extends to a commitment to one’s physical well-being. Although there is a distinct connection between golf and fitness, golf has traditionally been perceived as a low-impact sport that doesn’t require rigorous physical training. While it’s true that you won’t be sprinting or tackling opponents on the golf course, the physical demands of golf are more intricate than they appear.

  1. Strength Matters: A well-balanced golf swing necessitates power generated from the core and lower body. Strength training can help you achieve the stability and force required for longer drives and accurate shots. It’s not about bulging muscles; it’s about enhancing your functional strength.
  2. Flexibility is Key: Golf involves a wide range of motion, from the backswing to the follow-through. A flexible body ensures that you can execute your swing without strain or injury. Yoga and stretching exercises can greatly contribute to your golfing prowess.
  3. Endurance Keeps You Consistent: An 18-hole round of golf can be physically demanding, especially if you walk the course. Building cardiovascular endurance will help you maintain focus and consistency throughout your game.

With these objectives in mind, the benefits of a balanced fitness program for golf include an improved golf swing, reduced risk of injury, enhanced mental focus, increased stamina and longevity in the sport.

Keith Brokaw on the business impact of tailoring a balanced fitness program:

So, to best serve your clients, offer a program that balances their fitness for golf and overall health. Incorporate exercises like squats, lunges and core workouts into the routine. Focus on building functional strength rather than bulking up. Also, promote regular stretching and yoga sessions to improve their range of motion, making their golf swing smoother and more controlled. Engage them in cardio workouts like jogging, swimming or cycling to boost their endurance, and don’t underestimate the power of a clear mind. Consider mindfulness practices like meditation or breathing exercises to help them stay focused on and off the course. A balanced fitness program not only improves one’s golf game but also contributes to their overall health and well-being.

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