GOLF SPECIFIC PROGRAM
Why Golf Specific?
For many people, golf is a change to relax, relieve stress, do business and exercise. But the wish to lower one's score is present in even the most recreational golfer. The most common method used to achieve this goal is a combination of professional lessons and practice. Although this approach seems logical, it is the very reason many golfers get injured and rarely reach their potential. Why? Simply because few golfers associate the need for improved physical conditioning with theirs quest for improved performance.The average golfer tends to take up the game at an age when he or she is no longer racing around a sports field, nor actively participating in energetic, competitive or physically demanding sports. Golf is generally viewed as a game of technical skill rather than an athletic event, requiring less exertion than most other sports. Unfortunately, this common misperception all too often results in injury and/or premature performance plateaus. The reason is very simple: golf is highly athletic event. To put that in perspective, consider that the head of a golf club can travel 100 miles per hour, an effort comparable to pitching a baseball. Or the fact that amateur golfers achieve approximately 90% of their peak muscle activity when driving a golf ball.This is the same lifting intensity as picking up a weight that can be lifted 4 times before total fatigue. Yet golfers fail to consider that they strike the ball an average 30 to 40 times a game with comparable intensity.This level of exertion and muscle activation equates golf with such sports as football, hockey and martial arts. Golfers must consider themselves athletes and train using programs scientifically designed to improve integration and synchronization of the whole body. (Writter: Paul Chek)
Did you know that:
- At any given time, as many as 30% of all professional golfers are playing injured
- 53% of male and 45% of female golfers suffer from back pain
- Those who play golf and participate in another sport are 40% more likely to develop back pain than those who just play golf