There is a rising incidence of golf injuries and a demand for performance enhancement training. To improve your game, all golfers need to develop the fundamental movement skills necessary to meet the demands of the golf swing.
The importance of balance, flexibility, core strength, core stabilization, proper posture, motor skill development, overall strength, muscular endurance, rotary power and body movement patterns can not be underestimated.
All of these factors directly relate to the golfer's ability to develop an efficient golf swinging motion. Efficiency refers to the golfer's ability to transfer power correctly during their golf swinging motion.
For every golfer, there is only one way to swing a golf club and that is based upon what they can physically perform. Physical limitations can hinder the golfer's ability to create an efficient golf swing.
Efficiency breakdowns occur from the poor golf swing mechanics, poor physical conditioning, improper equipment, excessive play or practice, ground impact forces and intermittent play.
Poor physical conditioning affects the mobility and stability traits of the golfer's body.
Mobility refers to the combination of normal joint range of motion and proper muscular flexibility. Adequate mobility is a must for the development of proper swing mechanics and to prevent injury. It allows the body to move in all six degrees of motion, providing the golfer with the ability to perform any motion without sacrificing stability. Mobility allows for the generation of elastic energy between muscles and establishes a base for efficient power development. Mobility also allows for the adjacent segments of the body to maintain stability during the golf swinging motion.
Stability refers to the ability of any system of the body to remain unchanged or aligned in the presence of change or an outside force. Stability allows the golfer to keep one point of the body stabilized while stretching and contracting adjacent segments of the body. It also allows the golfer to generate speed and maintain consistent posture during the swing. Stability is created by combining three factors; balance, strength and muscular endurance.
Typical physical limitations found are poor thoracic mobility, poor shoulder joint mobility, poor hip joint mobility, poor core stability and poor scapular stability.
Most physical limitations can be overcome through specific golf fitness routines.