What is a golf conditioning?
At Coconut Fitness, we offer a Golf Performance conditioning service. We understand that clubs don’t play the game, the golfer does! The only way to achieve a lower handicap is to improve the function of the golfer; the person who actually swings the clubs. Save yourself a fortune on new clubs and invest in conditioning your body for golf with a certified CHEK Golf Performance Specialist.
Every golfer has a desire to play better golf. This is common from the professional touring the PGA to the amateur beginner. Most recreational players use golf as an opportunity to relax, relieve stress, discuss business and get in some exercise. CHEK Golf Performance Specialists are world-renowned experts in the field of golf conditioning. Colin Ayliffe has lectured in the U.A.E, Bermuda and Manchester, UK on the principles of golf biomechanics and helped many golfers all over the world in lowering their handicap and continue playing the game they love injury-free.
Why condition for golf?
Regardless of your reasoning behind playing the game, everyone has the same motivation to lower their handicap. Most players try to achieve this by hiring a golf pro and buying the best clubs they can afford. Seldom do players think about improving their body by the way of strength and conditioning.
Unfortunately, many golfers believe in the myth that lifting weights will make them bulky and unable to swing the club effectively. They have this impression that strength and conditioning will slow them down and hinder their progress but this simply isn’t true.
The statistics below will demonstrate just how important it is to condition our body to survive the rigours of the game.
Amateur golfers achieve approximately 90% of their peak muscle activity when driving a golf ball.
This is the same intensity as picking up a weight that can only be lifted 4 times before total fatigue.
Golfers strike the ball at this level of intensity an average of 30-40 times a game.
The Wrong Training Programme
Some golfers do attempt to follow a conditioning program and usually seek help from the local personal trainer who knows lots about exercise but usually nothing about the specificity of golf conditioning. This means there is no real improvement seen in the golf game and therefore the strength and conditioning approach is abandoned.
There are many golf conditioning books available but unfortunately they adopt the bodybuilding principles to exercise and completely disregard the functional aspects of training for the game.
Golfers must consider themselves as athletes and train using programs scientifically designed to improve integration and synchronisation of the whole body.
Let’s not forget about improving the golfer’s longevity in the game. Recurring pain in the back, shoulder, knee, wrist and elbow is much too common among golfers:
At any given time, as many as 30% of all professionals are playing injured.
53% of male and 45% of female golfers suffer from back pain.
Those who play golf and participate in another sport are 40% more likely to develop back pain than those who just play golf.
By following a specifically designed exercise program that conditions the golfer for the game will drastically reduce the risk of injury.
We design a series of bespoke exercise programmes to improve your golf game.
The Whole in One Programme
The Whole in One program is based upon the principles of functional exercises that are designed to restore balance, length/tension, strength and coordination of golf specific movement patterns.
The brain recruits groups of muscles in uniquely programmed sequences. Any effective golf conditioning program must be designed to improve function in the gofer and integrate the whole body.
Our golf conditioning programme includes the following factors to improve function and control ball flight (club face alignment, swing path, angle of attack and speed).
- Muscle Balance and Flexibility
- Static and Dynamic Postural Stability
It’s imperative to address these factors in the correct order. The Whole in One concept is based upon the Flexibility – Stability – Strength – Power progression.
The first step in our golf conditioning programme is to improve flexibility as this impacts all aspects of golf performance.
Once flexibility is restored to the right areas and the musculoskeletal system is balanced then the focus will be on static and dynamic postural stability.
Stability is important since a stable body creates a solid framework for all movements and activities and is less likely to be injured.
When stability is achieved, strength can be built using functional movement patterns that will readily transfer to the game of golf.
The final progression in our golf conditioning programme is to develop power. The more power a golfer can transfer from his body through the club to the ball, the further the ball will travel.