Every once in a while there is a discovery, or technological breakthrough, in the game of golf that truly makes the game more enjoyable for everyone. Some examples are the modern golf ball, and the new hybrid golf clubs that make hitting out of the rough as easy as cutting through a stick of butter. Yes, these are all wonderful advances in equipment and golf technology. But in reality, are these breakthroughs really making us better golfers, or just simply making it easier for us to hit golf shots with the same old golf swing; a swing less efficient than what we are actually capable of executing?
Over the last decade, since the arrival of Tiger Woods, has come a new outlook on the game of golf. PGA and LPGA Tour Professionals are now recognized as pure athletes, as apposed to just golfers. Golf fitness has truly become one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of the game. Its great for golfers and great for the game.
Golf Fitness Magazine and its team of advisors continues to offer you the latest and greatest in golf- specific fitness to help you maximize your potential and further understand your body, in an effort to improve your golf game. Here we would like to offer you an opportunity to test yourself to see where you are in terms of your current physical fitness level. The following is a physical assessment screening that you can perform on your own or with a partner. This test will not necessarily tell you what you are capable of during a golf swing, but will instead help you recognize what you may be incapable of, and what faults this may cause throughout your swing. This knowledge is vital for many reasons, one being to reveal your bodys ability to produce a mechanically correct golf swing.
This test will help you measure the overall mobility in your legs, ankles, shoulders and spine. If you are unable to perform this test, it is likely that you will not be able to maintain your spine angle throughout your downswing. The natural tendency is to thrust your hips toward the ball at the start of the downswing, thus pulling yourself up and out of the shot.
This test measures the mobility in your hamstrings and lower back, but can also detect certain problems or stiffness in your hips which can limit a proper set up for your full swing shot or putting stroke. If you are unable to perform this test, you will not be able to maintain your posture (body angles) throughout your swing which will make it difficult to keep the club on plane.
This test measures the range of motion in your lower back, and reveals your capacity to engage your abs and glute muscles. To transfer power from your lower body to your upper body in the golf swing, the ability to control your pelvis is imperative for power in your swing and limiting the chances of injury to your lower back.
This test measures the overall flexibility between your upper and lower body, along with your core stability. Having good separation between your upper and lower body facilitates greater speed and power in your golf swing. Limited sepa ration can result in a number of swing faults including too much lateral movement (sway or slide) and loss of posture.
This test measures your ability to stay balanced throughout your golf swing. If you are unable to perform this test, it is likely you will have difficulty holding a balanced finish position and will be limited in the amount of force you can apply to the golf ball while maintaining good fundamentals.