Making Your Program Golf Specific
"Golf-Specific" means different things to different people. One
of the things I have learned from my education and experience in
working with elite trainers and golfers is that in order to improve
someone's performance you must know where their strengths and weaknesses
currently exist. This is, of course, the real value of assessments.
If you look at the requirements of the golf swing itself, a golfer
needs adequate spinal rotation, hip rotation, shoulder rotation,
core engagement, some degree of cardiovascular endurance, and some
degree of strength and stability.
You don't need to be a bodybuilder or powerlifter for golf, just
enough strength to produce a powerful swing. So, in evaluating a
golfer you simply look at the rotational ability of the joints that
most affect the golf swing. It is also helpful to look at a golfer's
current level of strength and stability or muscular imbalances which
have the potential to create injury.
But then what? Well, if you are assessing a golfer who always complains
about lack of distance and you find out they have very limited spinal
rotation then you just found out a potential reason "why." If a
golfer lacks adequate spinal rotation, then its virtually impossible
to produce respectable distance because you are not able to move
your body freely through this motion, at least without finding another
way to compensate in the body like excessive hip rotation or other
The good news is that if this is discovered in an assessment, then
a few simple stretches which focus entirely on improving spinal
rotation will likely yield distance you have never experienced.
This brings us back to the meaning of "golf specific". If we understand
the biomechanics of the swing, then we can look at an individual
and determine where they need improvement. With some golfers, a
few stretches will produce results they've never seen before. With
other golfers, they need considerably more strength. Some golfers
are very strong, yet can't move through a full range of motion or
lack proper core engagement to keep their backs protected. Each
golfer is different and therefore has different needs.
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