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.