Golf Fitness Training
Today I want to share something near and dear to me with you. It has to do with fitness and friendship and
I have been playing golf for over forty years now, and I have met some very nice people and become close friends
with several of them. As my own body has aged, I have noticed many of my long time friends playing less often as
they, too, age.
A few have stopped playing completely. This is heartbreaking to me, and I would hate to see that happen to
Having said that, I am absolutely convinced that staying physically fit is one of the most important tasks a
golfer has to perform. However, choosing a golf fitness program is like choosing a putter: everyone has his or her
I personally like an online fitness guide made by Mike Pederson. He teaches you how to train your muscles and
body to develop maximum flexibility and strength needed for golf - without needing to hit the gym. Check it out
Rather than share yet another list of exercises (there are thousands of these on the Web today), I would like to
share some information with you that you do not normally see.
First and foremost, if you are a younger golfer, say 40 or below, you honestly need to start your golf fitness
program right now, if you have not already done so. The vast majority of my older friends who are no longer playing
all had one thing in common: they did not participate in any type of golf fitness routine at all. And now they are paying for
It is important for all golfers to understand that being physically fit, in general, is not the same as being
fit for golf. To a non-golfer, this sport may look somewhat passive and genteel, but to any serious player, we know
The mechanics of the golf swing require flexibility and speed. Balance and muscle strength are key elements to a
good golf swing, and the ability to move your joints freely is paramount to a full backswing and
Some of the most important issues you need to consider when it comes to your overall golf fitness level
What is your current state of health? Listen, that business about seeing a doctor before you begin a fitness
routine is no joke. More than a few people have fallen over dead because they chose to skip that doctor's visit.
Don't make the same mistake.
How flexible are you? Flexibility tends to decrease as we age; the only real solution to that is early
prevention. This is why I urge younger golfers to get started now in their fitness regime. The work you do today
will help stave off tight muscles and joints later on.
Golfers who are less flexible than they want to be can begin a program of muscle stretching and toning. Find a
set of exercises that work for you and stick with them. Be patient and do not overdo it. This takes time,
One of the most common mistakes golfers make is to get lazy during the off-season. Instead of hibernating during
the cold months, use this time to perfect your exercise routine. As you become more flexible and toned, move up to
more advanced exercises.
Some of the most important aspects of the golf swing are also some of the easiest to perfect with practice. For
instance, balance. How often do you think about balance? Be honest now. Proper balance is fundamental to a good,
solid golf swing.
A great little tip to improve balance is to simply take your normal golf stance and then slowly lift your right foot off the floor about two
inches and hold it for a minute or so. Then repeat with the left foot. This simple exercise helps to build your
memory muscles in your legs and hips and improves overall balance as well.
Just a reminder, make sure you check out Mike Pedersen's Power Golf Program below, you'll be so glad you
Until next time this is Paul Gian wishing you the best!