Getting To The Core Of Your Golf Swing
At some point, almost all of us struggle with efforts to improve our golf game. Many will try videos, books, hours with a teaching pro, the newest club, and swing after swing to no avail. While there's some improvement, it's just not what you'd anticipated. What could be the problem?
The golf swing involves many components that must be executed with precision timing and skill. Properly fitted clubs are an important part of this total solution. It's easy to understand the movements you need to be making with the help of a professional golf instructor, videos, and even books. Then why can't you implement what you know?
One aspect that is beginning to receive lots of attention is the body itself. Professionals and amateurs alike are spending more of their time with flexibility and strength training to improve their game. Your body's level of fitness can have major a impact on the quality of your golf swing, and thus your scores. By having your body in optimal physical condition, your golf game will improve and the chance of injury or strain is greatly reduced.
Flexibility is highly important for achieving a good golf swing. If areas of your body are tight or restricted, your body will attempt to compensate in some manner and the resulting swing is usually unpredictable. By spending time regularly on stretches, your flexibility will improve.
Strengthening your muscles especially in the area of your core will give you an edge on improving your golf score. The core muscles (abs, back and glutes) are the focal point of creating movement and power. If this area is weak, the golf swing will suffer.
So instead of buying the newest club, or the latest golf aid, why not invest in the core mechanics needed for a good swing?your body. This investment of time and energy will reward you with the longevity you seek on the course.
Susan Hill is a nationally recognized fitness trainer, CHEK golf biomechanic and sports nutrition specialist. Her work has been featured on ESPN, Resort Living, and Self magazine. For more information on golf specific nutrition, exercises or stretches, visit http://www.fitnessforgolf.com.
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