From young to old, golf continues to grow from strength to strength.
The scene around golf has changed dramatically from its early years, where the sport was considered reserved for the elite only. Entry levels for hitting 18 holes have become easier, and for many more accessible to all generations and abilities.
Additionally with the shift into the tech game of golf, we are seeing an ever increasing supply of indoor golf studios and larger franchising golf brands like TopGolf who are pioneering the golf into mainstream culture with fun, community and social elements.
As much a mental game as a physical game, perfecting your technique and lowering your handicap is something most avid golfers are pursuing. The devil lies in the details and it is these details where progress is made. For a newbie and an outsider, the game offers little physical challenges – the main drive from the tee-off onto, hopefully, the green is the start of a few consistent swings and one or two putts before the next tee-off.
However, as with all sports, maintaining a certain level of fitness is a prerequisite as you aim to edge out your fellow opponent. The power in a swing recruits a variety of muscles, forcing impact and distance to edge closer to the flag. Through a complex procedure of re-wiring one’s nervous system in a proper sequence that generates greater force impact, golfers tend to ignore that they can get better once they know how to train the right muscle groups in increasing force production, accuracy and balance.
And as the population grows older, so do the challenges in staying healthy and powerful. According to numerous articles, the average age of today’s active golfer is edging towards 50 years old. By 2025, this number is said to reach 54 years, according to research done by leading golf associations across the globe. In addition, the numbers have shown that the total number of rounds of golf is increasing and thus the changes to overload one’s muscles and incrementally elevating the chances for injuries.
With age comes health challenges that not only affect one’s life. Golfers, as competitive and precise they are, are also one of the most injury-sensitive as the average golfer grows older. The transition from our incrementally sedentary lifestyle to a more active lifestyle also increases the chance of not getting the game you want to play.
Most of the reported injuries are the result of overuse, weakness, poor mobility and poor swing mechanics.
Golf fitness is increasing in popularity as the demand on performance – both on amateur and on a professional level – is rising. Stretching alone is no longer a precursor for a great game; mental aspect and strength are merely some of the key aspects any serious golfer must take into account to lower their handicap, reduce injuries and increase their longevity in the great game. Particularly the growing issues in lower back pain may have a detrimental impact on what lies ahead when starting off your 18 holes.
By understanding the biomechanics and forces onto the body during a golf swing allows us to diagnose and manage the vast spectrum of injuries incurred in this sport better.
As Thailand’s first Titleist Certified Golf Fitness studio, our dedicated team of personal fitness trainers in Bangkok have delivered extraordinary results. Clients have recorded longer drives – up to 70 yards – after enrolling into our strength programmes, dedicated to make you a better, healthier, and more focused golfer. We have achieved this through using the science behind golf, through high-level techniques that not only reduce pain, improve mobility and range of motion, but also getting mentally stronger.
Here are a few key details of our Golf Fitness programmes we develop for golfers in Bangkok and around the world.
- Increase range of motion and flexibility in 10 seconds without stretching;
- Focus on strength and power;
- Neural adaptation more than muscle memory;
- Developing winning systems that are valid and reliable;
- Focus on aspects of energy and mental alertness;
- Weakness is the leading contributor to swing faults.
Why are these important?
Because golf fitness goes far beyond just random YouTube exercises and ‘functional’ workouts you see on the Golf Channel.
At the end of the day, human movement is about the nervous system. Training and rewiring the Central Nervous System (CNS) is the difference that makes the difference and can impact all aspects of conditioning and golf performance.
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