How to Get Golf Fit
The number of golf fitness programs, tips, and articles available on the Internet today is in the millions!
Many of these are excellent sources of information, and you may benefit from what they have to offer. Others are
a bit more suspect, to put it mildly.
The tips we present today are basic but powerful, and just about everyone can perform them.
Fitness Improves Performance: Golf is a sport and golfers are athletes. We may not think of ourselves as
athletes very often, but we are. And, as is true for all sports, the more fit one, is the better one can
It must also be said that a golfer who stays fit can usually play longer into his or her life. Fit golfers also
tend to be less prone to golfing-induced injuries.
So, what does a golfer need to do to stay "golf fit"?
Flexibility: Flexibility is crucial to good golfing performance. There are a number of flexibility exercise
programs available for golfers, and you should find some routines that work for you. The program you choose must be
suited to your individual needs and current health level.
When looking for flex routine, keep in mind that while you want to improve all areas of your body, you must find
a program that addresses the flexibility in your neck, back, shoulders, and hips.
Most golf injuries take place in these parts of the body and normally occur during a power swing (driving, for
instance). These injuries can be prevented if the muscles are toned, flexible, and have been stretched prior to
playing or practicing.
Lose Body Fat: Many golfers, young and old, male and female, are carrying around too much body fat, especially
around the abdomen.
Reducing body fat is one of the fastest and most effective ways to improve golfing performance. Having too much
body fat will affect virtually everything you do on the golf course in terms of performance. From driving to
putting, nothing escapes the negative effects of too much bulk.
Golfers who carry too much body fat face a whole myriad of challenges. Their ability to swing the club freely is
diminished; their ability to take a solid stance is lessened; their ability to smoothly transfer weight from foot
to foot is hampered, and those are just a few of the issues they face.
If you seriously want to improve your golfing performance and you are
overweight, start with a weight reduction program, along with some flexibility routines. Nothing you can do at this
point in time will be more effective than working on this area.
Hydration: In order for your body to perform at its peak level you have to give it what it needs, and not just
while you are on the course.
Most golfers do not drink anywhere near the amount of water that they should. This applies to both on the course
and off the course.
For those who are also carrying more body fat than they should, proper hydration is even more important. Water
consumption can actually help rid your body of toxins and the by-products that come about from dieting and
exercise. In a sense, it allows for the flushing of the system.
Endurance: With so many golfers riding in carts these days, one might wonder if endurance is even important any
more. The answer is yes, it is!
An easy way to increase your endurance level is to walk or jog on a daily basis, or as often as possible. In the
old days, before riding carts came along, improving endurance was a given. You either walked the course or sat in
the club house. If you have not walked a course in a while, give it a try.
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