Becoming Fit for the Golf Course
Getting physically prepared for the golf course can result in the difference which results in a win oppose to a loss. This post will explore the exercises and full you need to get the best advantage.
Nigel Tilley, who is a physiotherapist with the European Tour Performance Institute, explains the exercises that are recommended to take before setting up on the first tee.
Pre-Round Warm Up
Nigel explains that the warm up should consist of light exercises which are relevant to the muscles used in golfing. The following exercises aim to increase your heart rate and blood flow which will help reduce the chance of getting injured as well as helping reach optimum performance for your first tee-off.
Exercise 1 – Spend a few minutes (up to 5) lightly jogging on the spot, whilst doing occasional star-jumps or knee-ups.
Exercise 2 – Spend another few minutes stretching muscle areas that you will be using; back, shoulders and hips. Golf-specific stretches can be found here at mayoclinic.org
Exercise 3 – Pick up a club and spend a few minutes doing exercises that will work your shoulders, legs and back.
Golf nutritionist, Graeme Close, reveals fuelling yourself correctly for golf is a very important factor – for both general hunger reasons as well as concentration.
He states he knows players who eat at the 4th, 9th and 14th holes although admits this is a bit OTT. He recommends taking light carbohydrates and the halfway point and make sure you are hydrated throughout – using a chicken wrap with water as a great example.
If you take the advised steps of the mentioned health professionals in the world of sport, you will; significantly reduce your chances of being injured; be able to perform as best as physically possible; speed up recovery and also increase your chances of a win.