May 20, 2013

You’re an athlete, so act like one!

You’re an athlete, so act like one!


Chris Ownbey

The most dedicated athletes stay in top physical condition the year-round.  Professional golfers on all tours have jumped on the “physical fitness bandwagon” Gary Player was the first to promote physical fitness in golf, but he was certainly the exception rather than the rule.  Because of the emphasis on physical fitness for all players, we see less beer bellies and more flat bellies on tour today.

Prepare your body for the upcoming season.  Perhaps your biggest challenge to getting into shape is loss of flexibility, low stamina, upper back or lower back issues, or a combination of these.  Any or all of these can hurt your game.

Now is the time to get your body in condition for Springtime golf!  Imagine having that competitive edge on your playing partners.  You will be the one collecting the “skins” money, and have the lowest handicap.  All it takes is a little commitment from you and the right golf fitness program to be in the best golf shape of your life!

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When your body is more flexible, you will be able to get into the positions your golf pro is asking for. Here is my motto: “They want you to get into impossible positions. But you need to train your body to be able to get into those positions”.  Imagine being the longest hitter in your group, always being last to hit your approach shot.  Or, imagine playing 18 holes and feeling as good as you did on tee #1. These are the thoughts you should have this winter, while preparing your body for the upcoming season.

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The hardest part is getting started.  One way to do this is to get a book on golf fitness from your local bookstore.    Whichever book you choose, make sure you can put together a good fitness program from the content of the book that will NOT be counterproductive to your swing.  For the serious golfer, you may want to seek out a Certified TPI Golf Fitness Instructor, who understands how the muscles work that have a direct affect on your golf swing.  General fitness trainers certainly have a purpose…but, you wouldn’t go to a dentist for heart surgery, would you?

Don’t let this winter go by without getting your body ready!  Thirty to forty minutes a day, two to three times per week of golf-specific training will dramatically improve your health, life, and game.  Not much of a sacrifice, is it?

You’re an athlete, so act like one!


Golf Fitness Instructor Chris Ownbey is Certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), and is the Director of Golf Fitness for Golden Bear Golf Center at the Highlands in Carrollton, TX.  He is author and producer of the DVD “Golf Fit at 50”, and the DVD series System 4-15G.  He will help you develop the flexibility, balance, strength, and power you need to improve your golf swing..  For questions, please call 214.457.9684, or visit on the Web at





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