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Golf Fitness Coach
Golf fitness coach. Have you ever considered
one…and if so, what exactly were you looking for? There are
many ‘general fitness’ trainers trying to get a piece of the
golf fitness and training market that seems to be rapidly
gaining exposure both on the television and in print thanks
to Tiger, Vijay and Annika.
But the first thing you need to consider when looking into
hiring a golf fitness coach or program is the trainers experience
Yes…that is high on the list of requirements. Does he/she
know golf? Do they know the biomechanics of the golf swing?
How about muscle function during the golf swing?
An easy test is during the initial interview or if you’re
researching it online is to either ask very golf specific
swing technique questions or take a look at the information
on the website. You’ll find out real quick if this person
or program can help your golf swing, game and health.
A golf fitness coach or program should incorporate strength,
flexibility, endurance, body awareness, balance, stability
and even a nutrition component.
It’s easy for a trainer to have a strength component…but is
it specific to golf? A quick test. Take a look at some of
the exercises. Are any of them on seated machines for instance?
If they are…run! This is NOT a golf fitness coach and/or program.
This is considered ‘general fitness’.
Now stretching. There are dozens of stretches for all people.
But take a look at some of them. Do they even remotely look
like they will benefit your golf swing?
Stretches involving trunk flexibility lower back hamstring
and even shoulders specific to the mechanics of the swing
are what you want. General stretches are better than nothing,
but will delay your results. You want specific stretches.
Body awareness. Does any of the exercises resemble golf positions
or phases of the swing? Do they look like you would be on
your feet and in your golf posture? As stated above, if they
are seated on machines, your body will learn nothing in regards
to your golf swing.
Training your body specific to golf incorporates positions
almost identical to what your body would be in during any
part of the golf swing.
Stability. Training your body to improve stability in your
swing can get a little complex if you really want to see results.
The swing happens at between 80-100 miles an hour. One of
the biggest flaws of amateur golfers is moving in their golf
Moving either laterally (sliding), vertically (up and done)
or both. This is death to your golf swing. To improve your
stability involves specific strength drills most trainers
don’t even know about.
I could go on-and-on about the requirements of a golf fitness
coach or program. It is critical you make the right decision.
I have heard horror stories of golfers working with ‘so-called’
golf fitness experts and their game getting worse. With the
proper research this won’t happen to you. So definitely consider
a golf fitness coach.
About The Author: Mike Pedersen is one of the top golf fitness
swing trainers in the country, author and founder of several
cutting-edge online golf fitness sites. Take a look at his
just released golf fitness dvds and manual at his golf
swing trainer site - Perform Better Golf.