Off Season Golf Fitness Training
Off-season is the time of year you should focus your attention on
flexibility and strengthening. This is the best time to commit to getting
stronger without risking your fitness program and adversely affecting your golf
Flexibility refers to tissue’s ability to withstand a stretch. Mobility
is your joint’s ability to move through a range of motion. Although these terms
differ, they can be used interchangeably in the world of golf. Golfers must
possess excellent flexibility and mobility in order to play at a higher level
and remain injury free.
A golfer’s ability to move through a greater range with little resistance allows
him or her to generate a greater force, which in turn increases power. Good
flexibility aids in maintaining good posture throughout the golf swing. The
ability to swing through the motion without placing abnormal forces on one area
(due to the tightness of your muscles.), will significantly reduce the chance of
injury and prolong your golf career.
Strengthening refers to the amount of force a muscle or muscle complex
can produce at one moment in time at one point within, or throughout a body
part’s range of motion. “Functional strength” plays a major role in your golf
game. Functional strength is not determined by how much you can bench press, but
by your body’s ability to repeatedly produce force during the performance of any
golf skill. The performance edge gained by developing a strong foundation can
range from decreasing your risk of injury to helping you get out of the “lies”
that your weaker counterparts are unable to do.
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