Why Condition for Golf?

 

Do you want to play better golf? This desire is a common thread running through from the professional golfer to the amateur player. For many people, golf is an opportunity to relax, relieve stress, do business and to exercise, however the wish to lower one's handicap and improve one's score is present even in the most recreational golfer. Usually the most common method to achieve this goal is a combination of high tech equipment, lessons and practice and which seems logical, however most golfers rarely reach their potential because they do not associate the need for improved physical conditioning.

Golf is generally viewed as a game of technical skill rather than an athletic event, requiring less exertion than most other sports. Unfortunately this common misperception can often result in injury and/or premature performance plateaus. The reason is simple: golf is a highly athletic event! To put this in perspective, consider that the head of a golf club can travel over 100 miles per hour, an effort comparable to baseball;  or that amateur golfers achieve approximately 90% of their peak muscle activity when driving a golf ball. This is the same as picking up a weight that can only be lifted 4 times before total fatigue - yet golfers strike the ball an average of 20 to 30 times a game with comparable intensity! This level of exertion and muscle activation equates golf with such sports as football, hockey and martial arts. 

The difference is that other athletes outside of golf include conditioning as an integral part of their preparation for such physical demands.

Golfers must consider themselves athletes and train using programs scientifically designed to improve integration and synchronization of the whole body in order to improve their game.

Factors that determine the flight and destination of a ball:

  • 1. Clubface alignment
  • 2. Swing path
  • 3. Angle of attack/impact
  • 4. Speed
  • 5. Sweet spot

There are physical prerequisites that accurately and consistently enable the player to meet the above five factors.

  • 1. Muscle balance and flexibility
  • 2. Good postural alignment
  • 3. Good range of movement and rotation at each joint
  • 4. Strength
  • 5. Power

Golf is a rotation sport and in order to reach your golf potential you must be able to rotate repeatedly, efficiently and explosively.

Our Physiotherapist based at the Golf Club can assess and treat you. With her skills, she can improve your flexibility and help back, neck and joint pain with evidence based therapies including advanced sports massage and acupuncture. She can also design a personalised programme to improve your golf - ready for the next season

53% of male and 45% of female golfers suffer from back pain.( McCarroll)

Those who play golf and participate in another sport are 40% more likely to develop back pain than those who just play golf. (Fore).

At any given time as many as 30% of all professional golfers are playing injured.  (Watkins)