Golfers have always been fascinated by and obsessed with how far they can hit the ball. There are three critical components for maximizing the distance players get with their clubs: equipment, swing technique, and golf fitness. But what is golf fitness? Tour players have gradually been focusing more on their fitness but there is still a long way to go for the recreational golfer. Teaching and coaching professionals are not giving enough attention to golf fitness when creating improvement plans for their students.
The reasons for not including golf fitness in lessons are many. The reasons we hear when talking to teaching and coaching professionals are:
These reasons are common for everyone when being put to the test outside of our comfort zone. But there are a several ways golf-specific fitness can help improve your players’ performance and add value to your lessons. After all, golfers want to improve and play better. Teachers and coaches play an important role here and lessons should be more than a ‘feel-good-experience’!
If you want to improve your skills in a sport, the importance of exercises aimed at improving and optimizing your body for that specific sport cannot be underestimated. Sure, all forms of exercising are good and beneficial for us.
But for golfers, golf-specific fitness programs will accelerate their development. There are many benefits of exercising and some of the most obvious are:
Exercise is one of the best things you can do to improve the quality of your life. Now let’s get into how golf fitness can benefit your game.
Golfers are always looking at ways to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors. For Tour Players, golf-specific workout routines have been one area they have turned to. The mantra of being in the middle of the fairway is more important than distance doesn’t hold true to the same extend anymore as it did previously. Stats from the PGA Tour shows long hitters make more money and finish higher in the FedEx Cup Standings. Players like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka are all focusing on their fitness to gain an advantage over their opponents.
For recreational golfers, such workout routines are probably not the best option. At Kinexit, we work with thousands of coaches, teachers and golfers to help them improve their fitness to improve their golf game. The benefits of golf fitness for these players are:
We don’t recommend spending two hours per day in the gym. In fact, when golfers focus on the right things, they don’t have to work out an enormous amount of time to see results.
Too many golfers play less golf than they would like to due to injury. Some of the best-known injuries are lower back issues, musculoskeletal disorders and stiffness throughout their body. These issues can be reduced or even prevented by working on your mobility, stability, and strength. And warming up properly.
Warming up is not whacking a hundred balls out on the range. It should be about getting your body moving and warming up your joints and muscles. The worst feeling is when you must take a break from golf due to injury.
When golfers add golf fitness to their warmup routine, they will reduce the chances of injury. Stronger muscles will protect your joints from the stress and pressure the golf swing’s move puts on their bodies. Working on your mobility, strength, and stability will keep you on the golf course longer and with less pain. Almost all injuries can be avoided by getting your body ready for golf before you start your round.
As discussed at the beginning, the hottest topic in golf right now is swing and ball speed. Every golfer wants to hit the ball farther. But most players don’t know how to do this properly.
Just trying to swing harder without any purpose or preparation is likely to cause injury, pain, and no results.
Golf fitness will help players increase flexibility and strength in the right areas of the body. In turn, this will make it easier to add speed to your swing with little effort. Many people, even golfers, have some kind of workout routine. A golf-specific workout routine will be even more beneficial if a player is looking to add speed to their swing.
Kinexit’s platform has a built-in mobility screening that takes fifteen minutes to perform. It’s a natural value add to any lesson environment. Once the screening is completed, our platform will automatically create four workout programs for each player. It’s Golf Fitness Made Simple.
Hitting bombs is great, but you also want to keep it in play. Just ask Phil Mickelson😊! The golf swing is a complex movement, and the player must have control of their body to achieve the best results. This area is not covered enough when talking about golf fitness and creating a long-term workout routine.
Too many golfers are tense on the course, making them unable to make a smooth and effortless swing. Even strong players. They don’t know how to use their strength to their advantage when it comes to the golf swing. Sticking to a golf-specific fitness program can help most players perform better, even the stronger ones.
One of the comments we hear most often from our Kinexit users is:
I don’t even feel like I’m trying hard. I can hit controlled bombs at what feels like 80-90% of my capacity.
Cardio is often an overlooked part of golf fitness. You don’t have to run 5 miles every day to get your cardio in. Kinexit’s cardio program helps players increase stamina through exercises that are getting your heart beat faster in a shorter period of time.
Such workouts are more beneficial than running for longer periods of time. Why? Because you’re not putting a strain on your body and you build strength, increase stamina, and build a foundation for a faster swing.
Time is the one thing we all don’t have enough of. This is why these shorter workouts are easier to get done, as you don’t require too much time to do them, yet you still see real benefits in your health and your golf game.
At Kinexit, we work with thousands for teaching and coaching professionals and players to help them make golf fitness simple. Register for one of our upcoming webinars or book a personal introduction by clicking here.
Henrik is a PGA Club Professional running a successful Golf Academy at Carlskrona Golfklubb. Henrik also works for the Swedish PGA, where his responsibilities include educating new PGA teachers and coaches. In this role, he is focusing on how physical