Spring has sprung which beacons the seasonal golfer to warm up the body for a better golf swing. Now is the time to warm up the body core for strength and flexibility in order to help your golf fitness and health; benefits of a fit core help to improve incipient golf performance on the course. Now–not the day before the first league game–a smart golfer retrieves the golf clubs from the basement closet with the purpose to get ready, get set, and go practice golf. Like any physical activity, it is best to stretch daily to warm up a golf swing. It is best to hold the club for a good grip and practice many associated golf skills before ever walking on the course or driving range. A smart golfer starts a well crafted flexibility regime before the first game, which usually begins in April.
If you begin a core flexibility program to warm up the core muscles of the body, chances are good that your first day on the course will be rewarding and enjoyable. This brief article attempts to inspire the once-a-week league golfer who plays more for pleasure and social interactions than competition. Also, you may find a little advice along with ideas on where to further explore getting ready for better golf. Certainly, Spring calls golf enthusiasts to get up and get going in the good health and fitness direction for a more pleasurable game of golf with friends and family.
There are many good books on the subject of getting in shape and finding inspiration for the game of golf. Neil Wolkodoff, wrote an excellent book, “Core Powered Golf. The Revolutionary Fitball Training Program to Increase Distance, Cosistency, and Accuracy.” In this handy paperback book, Dr. Wolkodoff teaches that physical improvement equals better golf. He writes: “For the older athlete, maintaining core power and flexibility is not likely to occur from daily activities or just playing golf. Physical conditioning programs, blended with other factors contributing to a healthy lifestyle, can retard the aging process and, in some cases, can return the body to physical performance levels reached 20 to 30 years earlier. The old adage “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” definitely applies to fitness and golf.” This is an excellent book to get and practice the exercises before returning to the driving range and golf course. Wolkodoff’s Chapter Four “Core Flexibility” discusses core training and flexibility, as well as core exercise benefits especially in the section “Basic Flexibility Training Methods Used in Sports.” The book covers guidelines for stretching, and it discusses “the key to optimal golf flexibility is to match your body type with your swing patterns, swing speed, and physical training preferences. ” This book encourages the amateur golfer to warm up intelligently with a well-designed exercise and flexibility regime using proper warm-ups for the core flexibility of one body. Did you know that after a round of golf, one may have moved muscles an average of more than 200 times in the golf swing? A healthy idea is to start at home to warm up and work-out core muscles before going to the golf course.
Another good idea is to get a hold of this book which may be found at your local library. Another way of getting a copy of Wolkodoff’s Core Powered Golf Book is to contact KickPoint Press at 303-571-9335 and request a copy.
Talk about inspiration before and after creating one’s own exercise and fitness routine, would be to talk about the good, inspirational golf tips that are found in Golf Digest magazine. This magazine is full of excellent articles, picturesque ads, and great ideas and tips on how to improve one’s own golf game. A recent article in the newest April 2016 edition, “30 Days to Better Golf” by Cameron McCormick is inspirational. Matthew Rudy introduces the Golf Digest article with encouragement: “Follow the week-to-week plan, giving at least a couple of sessions to each of the projects prescribed. Your skills will start to grow. In a month, you’ll be playing with more confidence–and maybe your best golf. Call it your New Season Resolution.” Rudy encourages the reader of the article, “Sprigtime is like New Year’s Day for golfers. You come into it with a list of resolutions on how you’re going to change things for the better. The trick, of course, is getting it done.” Then Cameron McCormick provides illustrated drills and lessons on a four week basis. It seems easy as far as golf training goes and if followed should improve golf fitness and skills.
Pay attention to your health and fitness by following a good strength program for golf training exercises that promote core strength. Core exercise benefits the body to prevent injury while enjoying the greater and greener outdoors while playing a game of golf for pleasure. Begin a fitness and exercise program today for a better and more enjoyable game of golf this summer.