Get Longer drives! These days more and more is being written about the value of stretching before engaging in any athletic activity. Indeed, scientists are beginning to look more closely at supposed benefits of stretching, and have begun to challenge the conventional wisdom that recommends stretching before partaking in any sport. Previously, stretching before activity was thought to warm up the muscles, make them more flexible, and prevent possible injury during the activity. Research is now suggesting that stretching before activity actually DIMINISHES performance …
Get greater distance! One of the mainstays of golf fitness is stretching. In this case, stretching serves many purposes. Stretching can give your movements a greater range of motion that can translate to greater club head speed. It can help to bring more blood flow to tissues and lubricant to joints, which makes for better, less restricted movements. Stretching can help your body to stay in optimal alignment and to be more resistant to injury.
For consistency and injury prevention! The key concept here is that your central and peripheral nervous systems are PLASTIC – meaning they have the capacity for continuous change in response to experience. Plasticity is the reason why you can establish new motor patterns with training.
Ever noticed that during your 18 holes of golf, fatigue of one sort or another begins to creep in, possibly even affecting your performance? Here are a few things that you can do (some easier than others!) to help combat the “droops.”
Oftentimes when we think of getting in shape for golf, we break things down into three categories: Strength training, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. Certainly working on any or all of these areas will help to keep you fit on the golf course and beyond. But, there are other areas in fitness that can be useful for your golf game. These areas would be correct postural alignment, balance, and MUSCLE endurance. Muscle endurance refers to the ability to maintain posture and balance throughout the day, and during the added challenge of playing golf.
The practice of Tai Chi, a mind-body exercise which challenges the ability to control one’s posture and stay balanced in a variety of positions, has become a popular way for people of all ages to maintain or increase their sense of balance.
There has been a great deal of research dedicated to analysis of the golf swing. Research has focused on measurement of muscle activity, ground reaction forces on the feet, compression forces on the spine, and measurement of twisting/rotational angles and resulting forces. Some research has compared the golf swings of amateurs and professionals. Here are some salient points from recent research findings.