As I see it, being fit is about the body feeling and functioning well so the mind is more capable of focussing on the task at hand: the next shot.
The new breed of players on the professional golf tour are indicative of what is happening in the game.The top young players are leaner, more muscular, and more flexible than the generation of golfers before them.
Fitness training can reduce your physical limitations and help you optimise your swing pattern.Training enables more efficient transfer of momentum, which translates into improved ball striking capability and increased club-head speed at impact.
When in comparison to energy requirements between baseball players and a golfers , a 300 yards hit by a golfer is of the same power as of a baseball 300 feet hit from a resting position . In baseball, centre field has to travel less than 2000yards , moving to and fro to the dug out between innings and a golfers has to walk almost 8000 yards per round . In baseball, also considering movements to run base paths or chase down fly balls, the distance is more for a golfers. , To sum it all , golf may require less intensity in comparison to Baseball the greater volume of activity provides higher overall energy costs when compared to baseball. The baseball community having accepted physical training as part of its program,.
Golf is a sport and Golfers are athletes. You need strong and flexible muscles to generate power and club head speed. You need stamina and endurance as well , to maintain focus over 18 holes. You need good posture to achieve a proper ball address position and prevent injury .
To produce good golf swing these physical characteristics of posture , balance, flexibility ,strength, power, timing and endurance must all work together in harmony. Ofcourse, natural golf skill and technique are also important , but to get maximum results from your swing,and take full advantage of lessons and equipment , your body must be conditioned to meet the specific physical requirements of the game of golf.
Some golfers believe strength training will have a negative effect on golf performance by decreasing flexibility . Things will not reach such a situation if proper stretching exercises are also employed..........Remember , strength training can not just help improve your game, it can also prevent injury.
Golf requires both strength and flexibility. Additionally ,significant muscular endurance is necessary to hit bucket after bucket of practice balls , and to avoid overuse injuries.
The muscles in the trunk area , the 'Core 'of the body play an important role in stabilisation as well as providing power for trunk rotation . Specifically the SERRATUS ANTERIOR( which follow the path of the ribs on the sides of the trunk) the erector spinae in the back, and the abdominal oblique muscles are most active.
The hips and legs also contribute significantly to the golf swing . In fact , the power developed in a golf swing begins from the ground and up ...power generates from the feet to legs to the hips and is then transmitted through the trunk and out to the arms.