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Golf Fitness Exercises for the Woman Golfer
Golf Fitness Exercises for the Woman Golfer by Sean Cochran
It is well known in professional golf how integral golf fitness exercises are for success at the highest level of golf. Men on the PGA Tour and women on the LPGA Tour understand the benefits of golf fitness exercises in achieving success. Outside the circles of professional golf many questions exist about golf fitness exercises. Questions such as; what are the best exercises to improve golf fitness levels, are flexibility exercises and stretches better than other forms of golf fitness exercises, and what are the benefits of golf fitness exercises for the woman golfer?
These and many questions surround the topic of golf fitness. This article is to provide some answers for you on the topic of golf fitness exercises for women. It has been well documented in magazines and television how LPGA women such as Annika Sorenstam utilize golf fitness programs to benefit their play on the golf course. Is there a difference between the LPGA player and the amateur woman golfer in relation to golf fitness training? The answer is no. Yes, the women on the LPGA Tour are the best women golfers in the world, but the physiology of the LPGA player and amateur are the same. The skeletal, muscular, and neural systems are the same. The professional golfer has the same number of muscles in their bodies as the amateur. The woman's professional golfer has the same skeletal structure as the female amateur, and nervous system as well. Granted the LPGA player has more refined and efficient swing mechanics, but the body is the same.
As a result of the body being the same, the principles and structure of a golf fitness program for any woman is similar. Before discussing the specifics of a golf fitness program for women it is necessary to understand a few important principles. The first principle to understand about a golf fitness program is sports specific. Sports specific is a term describing the type of training utilized in a golf fitness program. Sport specific training simply states the program utilized by the woman athlete is geared towards improving them in their chosen sport.
A second principle closely related to sports specific training is cross specificity training. Cross specificity training is the utilization of exercises to develop the woman golfer in the positions, movements, and actions incorporated in the golf swing. The goal of cross specificity training is a transfer of training effect to the field of competition. Simply stated, a transfer of training effect is the ability of exercises utilized to train the female golfer having a direct benefit on their performance during a round of golf.
For example, golf fitness flexibility exercises will attempt to
improve the flexibility within the woman golfer. As the woman
golfer improves her flexibility parameters in relation to the
golf swing. She may be able to create a bigger shoulder turn,
which may increase the distance of her drives. This benefit is
an example of a transfer of training effect onto the golf
course. In summary, the three principles that assist in the
development of a golf fitness program for women are; sports
specific, cross specificity training, and transfer of training
Outside of the guidelines governing the development of a golf
The golf swing requires the body to move through a long range of
We utilize flexibility exercises that are cross-specific to the
movements in the golf swing to develop flexibility. The majority
The golf swing is a dynamic movement, indicating that the body
One needs to maintain, dynamically, a stable body throughout the
Balance is connected to the efficiency of the nervous system and
Remember that the golf swing is a repetitive movement. The
Proper endurance training enables us to repeat a sound swing. We
produce this through a series of exercises developing endurance
Club head speed is a function of power. The more power generated
In summary a golf fitness program for the LPGA or amateur woman
Sean Cochran is one of the most recognized golf fitness
instructors in the world today. He travels the PGA Tour