Of course, we're going to have to lay down some ground rules first; we'll do that today. Then we'll look at some things that can both help you get in better golfing shape and improve your swing.
So, what is our goal with golf-specific training?
- We want to get our bodies in shape to perform our existing golf swing better. If we can improve our range of motion, lengthen our swing, or do any of those other things that golf teachers tell us we need to do, that's great. But first and foremost, we want our bodies to be able to make our existing swing without getting hurt or overly tired.
- We want to improve our technique. Bet you haven't thought of that, have you? We tend to think of exercise only in terms of strength, but I think good golf exercises help you improve your technique as well. We want exercises that help you hit the ball more solidly; that help you stay level throughout your swing; that help you stay balanced throughout your swing; and that help you consistently get into good positions that don't hurt. That will affect some of my exercise choices.
- We want to become more confident. We want to do exercises that help us set up over the ball and know that we can make a good swing. That's a combination of fitness, knowledge, and simple understanding. A good golf exercise should help you think more clearly over the ball.
- Finally, we want to increase our golf abilities if possible. I put this last because this should be an extra benefit to your workout. I think sometimes we have unrealistic expectations of our fitness programs; we look for game improvement instead of health improvement. Hopefully, we'll get some of both from these exercises.