August 20, 2012

Functional Training For Golf

Welcome to this weekly edition of Fitness for Golf newsletter.

You can’t imagine how frustrating it is to wake up in beautiful Bend, Oregon and see the temperatures at 37 degrees, and it’s only September! It is truly a great place to live, but I am reminded each year of how short the summers seem to be.

Golfers here are just beginning to reflect on their games for the season and make plans for improvement down the road. I would encourage each of you to do the same as you reach your off season. Some of you may not experience an off season, but it’s equally as important to take some time to really focus on the strengths and weaknesses in your game. This is where progress is measured and adjustments in preparing for the season ahead can be made.

It always boils down to one important question…did you decrease your handicap, increase your handicap or stay the same? If your answer is anything other than a marked decrease in your handicap….don’t worry, help is on the way.

Fortunately, this is one of the reasons Fitness for was created. None of us is perfect, yet perfection is definitely what we seek in our swing or at least a desirable outcome from our swing. I have seen so much frustration among golfers and with no real strong resolution as to how to improve. This is where I come in. A powerful, consistent, repeatable swing is created when we look to the functioning of our bodies with or without a $300 club in our hands. This brings about a good question…how do you train to improve function for golf?


Functional Training for Golf

There are many ways to incorporate functional training for golf. But, first, let’s define what the term functional really means. Functional training literally means training with a purpose or towards an intended goal. Using traditional strength training with the aide of machines, training tends to work on exercises which isolate different body parts to produce strength. By isolating a particular muscle group, you, in turn, take the function out of the exercise.

In functional training, the goal is to train the movements of golf, not the muscles, all with the intended goal of “integrating” versus “isolating” muscles. With golf, the fundamental components worthy of conditioning are primarily to produce endurance, speed, flexibility, balance, strength and power. Power can be tricky because it is speed times strength. This means the development and integration of muscles precedes any specific power training so it may be fully developed.

Optimal functional training for golf states that exercises be integrated, multi-directional, multi-planar and include acceleration, deceleration and stabilization while the body uses the natural forces of gravity as well as momentum.

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While all of this may sound a little complicated, I can make it real simple for you by just following the exercises already established in Fitness for Golf. It is my job to make sure my exercises fit this criteria in producing top level golfers. And guess what? This is exactly the approach the top tour players are using in their exercise programs.



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