If you want to improve your golf game, have you ever considered a golf fitness coach? If you have, have you considered what sort of help you are looking for.
There are many “general fitness” trainers who are attempting to get a piece of the golf fitness and training market that seems to be rapidly gaining exposure both on the television and in print thanks to Tiger, Vijay, and Annika.
The first consideration when thinking of hiring a golf fitness coach or trying out a program is the trainers experience in golf.
Are they qualified?
Does the trainer you are looking at hiring know golf, the biometrics of the golf swing, or muscle fitness function during the golf swing? These are the things that should be high on your list of requirements in a coach.
During the interview with the golf fitness coach, it would be an idea to ask a very specific golf swing technique questions to test their knowledge. The same would apply if researching them online.
It would quickly become apparent to you if this person would be able to assist you with your golf swing, game and health.
A golf fitness coach or program should always incorporate strength, flexibility, endurance, body balance, stability and nutrition in their training.
Many trainers have a strength component in their program, but does it relate to golf? For a quick test, take a look at some of the exercises they suggest. For instance, are any of them on seated machines? If that is the case, then I would suggest you run, as they are not suitable for golf, these are general fitness trainers.
There are dozens of various stretching exercises suitable for everybody, however not all of them would even remotely benefit your golf swing.
Stretching involving trunk flexibility, lower back strength, hamstrings and even shoulders, specific to the mechanics of the swing are what you are looking to improve. General stretches are quite acceptable however it is specific stretches that you require.
Do any of the exercises that are shown on seated machines resemble golf positions or phases of the golf swing? Do they look as if they would improve your standing golf posture? If that isn’t obvious then it is apparent that these exercises won’t benefit your body at all in relation to your golf swing.
Training your body to improve stability with your golf swing may become a little complex if you really want to see results. A good swing should occur between 80 to 100 miles an hour. One of the biggest mistakes that amateur golfers make is moving during their swing.
Moving either laterally (sliding), vertically (go up and down) or both are detrimental to your golf swing.
To improve your stability involves specific strength exercises that some trainers don’t incorporate in their routines.
It is important to make the right decision when choosing a golf fitness coach or program. There have been some horror stories of golfers working with “so-called” golf fitness experts and it hasn’t improved their game at all. With proper and careful research, you will find a suitable, competent golf fitness coach to suit all your requirements.