Golf has now become recognized as an athletic pursuit that requires a basic amount of cardio conditioning, core strength and stability, muscle endurance, power and balance. This is important not only for better performance with bigger drives, but also to decrease the high mechanical stress on the spine and to prevent injury. To keep playing throughout our lives, it is imperative that we take a calculated approach to prepare ourselves, and keep the injury rate low.
I was fortunate to attend a great course on the weekend, along with Michelle McCalpin, our kinesiologist, on Golf Performance and Injury Prevention. This course presented a lot of the most recent science and practical applications when training for golf. Some of the great presenters included Dr. Greg Wells, exercise physiologist with the Royal Canadian Golf Association and Olympic coach and broadcaster. Dr. Craig Davies chiropractor, strength coach and therapist to several leading PGA tour players. Dr. Dave Lindsay, exercise physiologist who has written more published studies on the sport of golf and mechanics than any other researcher (and has worked significantly for several big-brand golf manufacturers). And Shawn Clement, a great golf professional who has the most watched youtube videos for golf instruction in the world. Shawn is also the only professional golf player ever to play in a major professional event shooting the ball as both a right and left handed player! He must know his mechanics!
Golf is a sport, requiring fitness!
The biggest take home message in this seminar? Get ready for this. Golf is a sport, and we must look upon it as such. Golf requires appropriate strength and conditioning.
The world of golf, especially at the top, is changing. Tiger Woods has set the mold. And now there are a whole host of young and upcoming athletes. They are seriously training for golf as a sport. No longer will we see overweight and stiff players on the pro circuit. To stay competitive, that is, to shoot well, and to play consistently while remaining injury-free, you have to take care of the body and treat it as a sport.
I see this just like hockey was a few years back, when teams started to hire trainers, nutritionists, and start off-season training programs. The sport of golf is now a year-long sport. Meaning, to play well and injury free, we should condition our bodies for maximum performance with attention to flexibility, core strength, power, and cardio-vascular conditioning through-out the year.
Fit and Flexible = Better Golf!
The greatest golfers in the world are going to be fit and flexible, with lots of power and stamina. That is a goal that we can all strive for. And is something The Live Well Centre can help you with in our new and soon to be released Fit for Golf program. This program will take elements of our core and cross fit classes, and transfer them to the application of golf. For example, we can look at your heart rate recovery time, and improve your adaptability to making a tough shot under pressure. Can you skip 50 times and than make a putt? What is your hip mobility like? To make a proper swing and minimize spine stress, we need proper hip rotation. That is something you can improve and work with.
Test for flexibility, strength, endurance and core
We will test everyone’s fitness levels first, establishing baselines, and 8 weeks later, retest to measure the significant changes, as you get ready for the golf season. One thing is for sure, you will come into the golf season in better shape, allowing you to enjoy the game more, with less chance of a side-lining injury.
Let us know if you are interested, as we are starting a small program in the beginning of April, with dates and times to be released soon.
Canada as defending Olympic Champions!
Did you know that golf will be in the 2016 Olympics? Golf is truly a sport. And did you know that Canada is the defending Olympic Champion? Check this out. You never know the young golfer who might be in our amidst and who has the potential to go for the gold. One thing is for sure, they will be a strong, powerful and fit player. And that is something that can help all of us.