I lived in Bermuda and it boasts the most golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world and with nine spectacular courses.
Although it’s a very popular pastime, not enough golfers see the game as an athletic sport.
It must be the only sport where strength conditioning is not viewed as essential.
Many golfers pick up wrist, elbow, shoulder and lower back injuries due to playing but very rarely follow any sort of exercise routine.
This is why I got certified as a Golf Biomechanic from the C.H.E.K Institute.
I express to all my golf conditioning clients that the golfer plays the game not the clubs.
Here is some proof.
The winning score at the US Masters in 1939 was 279.
Adam Scott won it in 2013 with the same score.
In 1955, The Open Championship was won with a score of 281.
Phil Mickelson won it in 2013 by the exact same total.
35 years ago, the average American handicap was 16.2 for males and 29 for females.
Today, it is regarded as 16.1 for males and 28.9 for females.
Not much as changed has it?
It is quite evident to see that professional golfers haven’t improved much over several decades and nor have the amateurs.
But golf club technology has rapidly got better.
Surely, this would bring down the number of shots played on the golf course?
The truth is that the human body is responsible for the golf swing and not the club.
Golf requires good balance, optimal postural alignment, strong static and dynamic stability and adequate range of motion around the joints.
Without this the golfer becomes inefficient during the stance and swing as the stabiliser muscles in the body fatigue and can’t sustain a full instantaneous axis of rotation around the joints.
The body just hangs off the ligaments.
This leads to inconsistency and directly affects the clubface alignment, swing path, angle of impact and hitting that ‘sweet’ spot.
The right strength and conditioning program would help you with muscle balance and flexibility allowing you to rotate properly.
This can easily add an extra 10 to 15 yards on your drive.
It will also improve your longevity in golf so you can play the game you love for longer without picking up so many injuries.
55% of golfers score above 80 with the majority of players scoring in the 85-90 range.
If you want to get out of this rut then you should consider a golf-conditioning program.