Every athlete needs a good workout plan
that highlights the physical demands of their chosen sport. In this respect,
there are certain workouts that can help improve your golf game and enhance
performance. Bella Collina is heavily invested in golf, after all we
have a beautiful community centered around this sport. Instead of the run-of-the-mill workout plans, we
decided to glean insight on the best workouts to improve your golf game from Bella Collina's very own, Jim Kroll,
Director of Golf and PGA Professional.
Flexibility is Your Friend
When it comes to flexibility you might think this granular detail is not necessarily the most pressing physical highlight. We all know details matter and flexibility is certainly a detail worth exploring. “Flexibility is perhaps the most important aspect of making a correct and full golf swing. Poor flexibility can be very detrimental to the development of a repeatable swing that utilizes the body's full potential.”
Partaking in routine stretches that highlight flexibility is an excellent start. Flexibility allows for full range of motion, which allows you to reach maximum potential in strength and speed.
Make Warmups Mandatory
Oftentimes we jump into physical activity without warming up. Akin to stretches, a warm-up always feels like an afterthought or something we do if we have a little time before an activity. However, in golfing a pre-round warm-up is essential.
“A proper pre-round warm-up routine is a key element to improving your performance on the golf course. Many golfers who dismiss warming up as a waste of time or who are pressed for time, rarely take advantage of simple exercises that can engage essential muscle groups which help to increase mobility in preparation for golf swings on the course.”
The next time you step on a course remember to schedule some additional time in advance for a pre-round warm-up. The good news is you’re giving yourself more time to golf!
In regards to the best type of warm-ups to include in your workout routine, Jim says:
Embrace Dynamic Warm-ups
“Employing a dynamic warm-up sequence as opposed to static stretching promotes proper golfing muscle activation. Dynamic stretching is a movement-based type of stretching. It uses the muscles themselves to bring about a stretch. It's different from traditional "static" stretching because the stretch position is not held. Always remember to breathe normally no matter which stretches you decide to do. The following are some examples of warm-up stretches that can be used prior to your round.
Walking knee to chest
Lunge walk with torso twist
Pendulum leg swings (swinging leg back and forth)
Torso rotations with extended arms
Pivot twists with a golf club (golf swing motion with the club behind shoulders)
These dynamic pre-round exercises will help to promote flexibility, power, stability and lower body activation for peak performance and an athletic advantage on the course!
Final Workout Considerations for Golfing
It’s important to remember that the best-golfing workouts embrace consistent gains and overall wellness. Workouts that help you build endurance during play and improve your overall swing are fundamental additions to your regime. Additionally, remember that posture is an important component to every golfer’s game. Therefore, integrate exercises and stretches that help align your posture and promote muscle balance.
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