Undoubtedly two of the most underrated areas of competitive amateur and professional golf are fitness and nutrition.
I learnt this first hand when attending university on a golf scholarship and settling into a very serious training and eating regime.
Before I started university I had only focused on the playing bit of golf and the latest golf equipment to improve my game. I paid no attention to fitness - I thought I was fit enough having walked 5 miles each day on the golf course.
This is part of a series of posts I've written about the simple tests a TPI pro can do with you to identify your golf strengths and weaknesses. This test is designed to find any limitations in your shoulder mobility, and it's call the 90/90.
Here's how to do it:
This is the fourth in a series about TPI performance tests. These tests can help us identify weaknesses in your golf swing just by watching you perform a simple movement. This particular test is a pretty basic variation on "bend over and touch your toes," but it's very important, as it gauges mobility in your lower back and hamstrings, and it can also identify a hip problem versus a lower back or core limitation. How to perform the test:Stand with your feet together and toes pointing forward.
I always try to keep up with the latest knowledge available to fitness professionals. This past week, I traveled across the country to upgrade my knowledge and check out the cutting edge of golf fitness.
I visited golf's premiere trade show, the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. While I was there, I attended a TPI fitness professional certification class in order to keep my knowledge fresh.
I always stress the importance of preparing for physical activity by stretching. Golf is no exception. Most people think of pectoralis muscles as something gym rats use to show off, but they are an important interface between your arms and your core. As such, they are crucial to a good golf swing.
I've talked about the five physical pillars of a good golf swing before: flexibility, balance, strength, endurance, and power. In previous weeks, I've talked about strength, balance, and flexibility, and this week I'll address endurance, and what you can do to improve yours.
TPI philosophy of the swing: “We don't believe there is one way to swing a club. We believe there are infinite numbers of ways to swing a club, but we also believe that there is one efficient way for all golfers to swing a club, and it's based on what they can physically do.”