Conditioning helps golfers improve their stroke and overall game.
No matter what sport you play, conditioning will make you better at it.
Every athlete knows it’s essential to keep working on specific skills to improve your game. But you also need to focus on building muscle and power in order to get the job done faster, harder and better. Conditioning is the best way to increase strength and can be done in two key forms:
- Resistance training, like weight lifting, to build muscle strength
- Stretching, to increase flexibility and improve range of motion
Stronger and more flexible muscles helps to improve endurance and prevent injury during play. These exercises work together to create a more effective driving action. This advantage is especially evident in baseball, golf, tennis and other sports that involve brief, explosive action. By adding strength training and flexibility exercises, you will see a measurable improvement in both force and range.
In order to improve your overall game, the best conditioning strategy is to always work on every muscle in your body, no matter what sport you play. If you don’t do full body workouts, you risk weakening certain muscles and increasing your chance of injury. It’s also important to maintain a good cardiovascular conditioning through regular aerobic workouts. Cardio training helps you process oxygen and produce energy at a higher level, which helps you play with less effort and for a longer period.
In addition to regular full-body and cardio training, golfers should specifically focus on all the muscles that are involved in their stroke: lower-back muscles, core muscles, shoulders, forearms and elbows. Some strategies for golfers are to:
- Focus on building up lower-back muscles to give you more stability and support. Strengthing your lower-back will improve the power of your swing.
- Increase strength and balance in the rest of the muscles involved – core muscles, shoulders, forearms and elbows.
Remember, you don’t have to be an elite athlete to benefit from good conditioning. Better strength and flexibility make any activity more enjoyable, no matter what your level of participation.
Source: BARNABAS HEALTH