Another area of golf performance that has made tremendous development over recent years. Golf is now seen as powerful athletic movement and the better shape you are in the better your technique and the higher your speeds.
The basic components of fitness are flexibility, mobility, stability, strength and power. You need a full range of movement for adequate rotations and sound stability to support this range of movement. Without one of these components your swing will be compromised. Strength conditioning can then be built on this foundation and later progress to high level power training including high level plyometrics and explosive power lifting.
Over the past 10 years I have been fortunate to work with a number of physios and strength and conditioning trainers. It has been a steep learning curve learning how you can make the greatest improvements in the least time.
Over the past 10 years I have tried to learn as much as possible about how the body actually works in an effective golf swing.
I was fortunate to be invited to a physical assessment with Sam Durnian in 2004 which was both fascinating and an eye opening experience. I followed this up by attending a two day workshop with Ramsay Mcmaster in London which really opened my eyes. For one I didn't understand half of the terminology and certainly did not understand the relevance of physiology and the swing.
The physio's role is to try and achieve a 'normal' range of movement. Effective golf swings need a sound range of movement and flexibility while being stable enough to control the movement through your full range. In general most men have enough strength but lack flexibility and many young players and ladies have the flexibility but lack the stability to control this range of movement adequately.
We spend a lot of time improving golfers posture which is not only beneficial to the golf swing but to your general health. Poor posture can have huge implications to how you move in the golf swing. Goof posture lies at the heart of improving the baseline for physical development.
When a player has good range of movement with stability (which most golfers don't) then they are ready to progress to strength training.
I now continue to work alongside Sam Durnian who based at A6 Physio in Chorley. Sam is the physio to all the junior golfers on the Cheshire County Academy Programme and has experince working with players from the European Tour and Seniors Tour.
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Sports massage can help to increase and improve circulation, enhance muscle tone, relax muscle spasm, prevent and relieve adhesion's, increase range of movement, improve well being and mental relaxation, aid recovery after injury or training and prevent wasting of muscles.
I work with sports massage therapist Olivia Brewster who is based at Wilmslow Physio.
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Increased strength will not only help produce more speed and distance but also boosts control in both short and long game.
A base level of fitness should be attained with the physio before commencing a strengthening programme otherwise you run the risk of shortening and tightening muscles as you increase strength. A good strength and conditioning coach can integrate the physio aspects with strength training.
Building strength is generally increasing your ability to create more force or the ability to move a bigger weight. More strength will not only make your movement more stable but increase your speeds and distance. Once you have good strength you are then ready to progress to the power stage.
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It was once thought that shifting big weights was detrimental to the golf swing. Now a days it is taken for granted that power training performed correctly will enhance speeds and distance in golf.
Power is the ability to create a large force quickly. power is developed through heavy weights with explosive and plyometric type exercise. These are advanced exercises and should not be attempted until sufficient strength is attained or injury is likely.
Typically you may be working on base levels of strength and fitness for several months or even a couple of years before commencing any dynamic power training.
We are seeing many top level players now working on olypic lifting with vast weights to develop power in the swing.
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