August 16, 2012

Top Research For Elite Level Golfers

Welcome to this weekly edition of Fitness for Golf newsletter.These past few weeks the majority of new members joining Fitness for Golf have been exceptional golfers with very low handicaps and very high goals and aspirations for their future golf performance.

What’s interesting is the types of questions that different levels of golfers ask. Beginning golfers ask about good basic stretches and general ways to get in shape. Intermediate golfers ask about losing a few pounds here and there, yet know many of the stretches and exercises. They are looking for good sound golf fitness programming that can place their game in the single digits.

Single digit handicap golfers are looking for something new. They’ve read most everything on the market, yet believe there is still potential to shave another stroke or two off their game if they keep at it.

Then there is still another level. These are the + (yes, I mean, +1, +2, +3) handicap golfers who are playing competitively as a junior, collegiate or tour player. They really have read it all, seen it all, and can’t seem to get enough information. This level of golfer knows in today’s competitive environment that they can’t afford to leave any stone unturned. They are passionate about improving and will stop at nothing to reach their goal.

They are analyzing every aspect of their game and level of play looking to find any nuance or weak link that can save them 1 or 2 strokes when they need it most.

This newsletter is dedicated to each of them. They found my website because they have a thirst for knowledge and perfection. Most importantly, they need the competitive edge.

Here’s to you! May you hit them long…. may you hit them straight… and may you exceed your highest expectations in your upcoming or competitive season.

Best regards,

Susan Hill
Fitness for Golf

Fitness Toys - Play Hard

Top Research for Elite Level Golfers

Here are some tidbits of information aimed to help the elite level golfer. The information is based on the most current research available.

1. A golfer’s pre-shot visualization has a greater effect on the shot’s outcome than the golfer’s thoughts during the shot.
Based on the Program for Executive Health’s Golf Neurology Clinic.

2. Golfers with low back pain tended to flex their spines more when addressing the ball and used significantly greater left side bending on the backswing. Golfers with low back pain also had less trunk rotation(obtained from a neutral posture), which resulted in a less than ideal rotation of their spines when swinging. Pain-free golfers demonstrated over twice as much trunk flexion velocity on the downswing, which could relate to increased abdominal muscle activity in this group. This study is the first to show distinct differences in the swing mechanics between golfers with and without low back pain.
Based on research from the University of Calgary Sports Medicine Centre.

3. Greater hip strength during abduction exercises, in which the hip moves the leg out and away from the body, was related to a better handicap. And the best players — those with a “scratch” or better handicap — tended to be stronger in all hip movements that were tested.

Muscle strength is critical to hip injury prevention, but it’s also needed to help stabilize the lower body while the torso and shoulders rotate at the high velocity required for a pro-like driving distance.
Based on research from the University of Pittsburgh

4. Improving strength and flexibility in the hips and torso can boost “torso velocity” during a golf swing — and tack on 20 yards to a golfer’s driving distance.
Based on research from the University of Pittsburgh

5. Injuries among professional golfers are different than injuries among amateurs. Here are the likely injury sites for professionals.

% of Total Injuries:

Hands and wrists 29.6
Lower back 25.0
Shoulder 11.4
Elbow 7.3

Professional male and female golfers most often injured their hands and wrists, followed by the lower back, shoulders, and elbows, though percentages differed somewhat by gender.

In a study of 35 competitive golfers–professionals and those with a handicap below 3–who had shoulder pain, 97% had pain in the leading shoulder. The acromioclavicular (AC) region was most commonly affected (53%). Other causes of shoulder pain included impingement or rotator cuff tendinitis (26%), posterior glenohumeral subluxation (12%), rotator cuff tear (6%), and glenohumeral arthritis (3%). The forces across the AC joint are greatest at the top of the backswing and at the end of the follow-through.

For more information on how to prepare your body in order to prevent injuries, be sure to visit Fitness for Together we will work on strengthening and stretching exercises to prevent and/or manage injuries sustained through golf.

Fitness for Golf Member Announcements
I am really excited about some upcoming improvements I’ll be making to our website (notice I said “our”). This is because I figure I can’t be successful without you. I will be implementing a discussion board where our members can come and ask questions as well as share information with other golfers from around the world.

I will also be inviting golf experts from various fields to drop in on us from time to time and help us along in our effort to be the best we can be. It’s going to be a great opportunity to learn from one another.

It will be several weeks to get this fully implemented so I will keep you up to date on my progress. It’s going to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced in golf before.

Keep those questions and comments coming. I look forward to your suggestions for improvement and continuing to make this site the most advanced, sophisticated and comprehensive on the market.

You can always reach me at
Fitness for Golf is unconditionally committed to the performance enhancement of all golfers and all levels of play, male or female, 1 handicap or 30. Each golfer will have the opportunity to learn what is being taught at the most sophisticated and prestigious golf performance centers nationwide-only in the comfort of their own living space. We will serve as your leader in golf fitness education.

“This site is awesome. I knew I had problems with my distance but never quite understood the reason much less ways to improve it. Those few stretches made all the difference. I just added an extra 20 yards off the tee.”
James, handicap 14



Leave a Reply