Golf Fitness – Is it important?
Golf used to be played many years ago by old gentleman folk enjoying a leisurely stroll around the estate, playing a little bit of golf whilst planning to take over the world more than likely. That has all changed now. It’s about strength, power, flexibility, agility and peak physical fitness.
Gone are the days when you see golfer’s smoking and drinking cans of beer as they compete in tournaments all over the world. There is your die hard’s like Jimenez who you still find smoking the odd cigar (if and when he plays) but its not how the younger generation of the game see it. The juniors of the world’s very best tours take their physical fitness extremely seriously. It’s not just an add-on to the regime but a central part of it. They all spend hours in the gym increasing strength, building power for those 300 + yard drives and flexibility to keep them at the top level for as long as possible.
Most amateurs would agree that to play golf its not necessary, which to some extent is true but if you are looking to hit the ball further, become more consistent and shoot lower scores getting fitter or staying in good shape is key. It is estimated that on a normal round of golf of 4 hours the player will burn 400 calories. That’s a significant amount which justifies golf as an excellent game, if played regularly to control weight, although not to get you fit. This needs to be done as a supplement off the course and in the gym.
Si is fitness key to golf? Yes if you wish to improve. No if you just enjoy having a hack around with your mates once so often.