Mike Fay Golf welcomes Australian PGA Professional Brent Davis to the staff of talented writers. Brent’s knowledge of golf fitness and how it relates to the golf swing will be a great asset to the site. Below is his first post. Welcome, Brent!
I often get asked what exercises a player should do when they are working out in the gym. While it is important for golfers to get into the gym and exercise it is more important to be working out correctly if you want to improve your golf game.
There are different areas of fitness and each of these areas is important for golfers. The three areas of fitness are cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility. Cardiovascular fitness is important for being able to complete your round without fatiguing. Strength and flexibility is important for making a strong and powerful golf swing. Each of these areas should be addressed in a good golf fitness training program.
The first stage in any golf training should be an evaluation. You need to know your strengths and weaknesses so you can get the appropriate program for you. A good evaluation will also give you a starting point from which to measure your improvement. Measuring your improvement is also a great way to see if your program is appropriate and effective.
The next question then is how do you evaluate your current fitness levels? As a coach I use a number a different strategies to do this. Through my own research I have developed a series of evaluation tests that assess your ability to complete each test. This link will take you to a document that outlines the tests and how to complete them. You can then record your results and redo the tests after a set period of time. I like my students to complete the tests at the start of each macrocycle of their annual plan and you can determine the best timing for you with your own coach.
Another strategy I use, and this is arguably the best way to go about developing your fitness program, is to utilise expert service providers such as exercise physiologists and physiotherapists. Melbourne Golf Injury Clinic here in Australia has golf specific physiotherapists that will complete a entire body screening which will identify areas that need improvement. From this screening a personalised program can be designed to address the weaknesses. You can see a copy of this screening report by clicking on this link.
I also utilize a exercise physiologist to evaluate my client’s golf specific strength. He uses a series of tests to determine the areas that need to be worked on and from this can design the appropriate training program. He also has tour player benchmarks to compare yourself to and to aim for in your own training.
The purpose of this blog post is to give you an introduction into golf specific fitness training and to stress the importance of evaluating yourself before getting started. There will be plenty of people in your local area who you can talk to regarding your fitness programs. Check your local gym for sport specific trainers as well as online resources such as the TPI website and the Fitness for Golf website that you can find by clicking on the links provided.
Keep your eye on this website for more fitness articles.
Until next time,
Brent Davis, PGA Australia
The Golf Science Centre