One of the discussions I have occasionally with my golfing buddies is on the subject of fitness and although many of them play golf weekly they seem to remain pretty unfit. Walking is obviously good for you, which is covered by the golf, but you still need to get the heart rate pumping by spending time in the gym or running around the neighborhood. Swimming is known to be one of the best forms of exercise as well as you end up using nearly all the muscles in your body – something not easily achieved doing other sports. Just playing golf alone will not keep you fit and healthy in the body and mind.
A strong mental focus is also needed for sustained performance on the golf course and I have often noticed those who can mentally focus for long periods of time excelling at this sport. It really takes take a lot out of you to keep that determination going right through to the eighteenth hole! Lack of focus often causes people to start making mistakes on the back 9 holes, ruining what could otherwise be a perfect game! Just look at Tiger Woods, although his golf swing is amazing his ability to remain focused (even after a bad hole) is what keeps him at the top. I don’t think I have ever come across a more focused golfer!
Improving Golf fitness often requires a lifestyle change that includes a regular exercise program as well as a healthy diet. I have found this to one of the most important factors in lowering my handicap and it really has paid off. I have slowly noticed increased stamina and improved concentration which has allowed me to play well over the whole course as opposed to half of it! This has allowed me to slowly drop my handicap while my other golfing partners struggle to keep theirs in one place! Check out more information here.
One of the benefits you will get from fitness is increased muscle flexibility which helps to keep you control your swing. The golf swing is not a natural move for the human body which is why many people struggle to play golf as it requires keeping several movements in check at the same time. If you are in shape you will find it a lot easier to keep everything fluid and you will end up hitting the ball a lot more consistent.
You can check out the video below for some good ideas and techniques to keep yourself fitter on the golf course and play a better game!
So, if you are looking for a new years resolution or you just want to improve your health and fitness then make 2014 the year you put in the effort, you will be quite impressed with the results and how they can affect your golf!