Open up any golf magazine or browse through most online golf websites and you will be exposed to golf fitness articles proclaiming the virtues of golf fitness.
With this come the ‘must-do golf exercises’ that will gain you greater distance off the tee, more accuracy, etc.
But are these exercises right for you?
Just as a teaching golf professional should analyse many aspects before providing you with tuition on your swing and game, ‘golf fitness exercises’ should only be prescribed after a player is properly assessed, preferably via a golf specific screening by a trained physiotherapist who specializes in this.
A golf specific physical screening assesses your body to find aspects that will limit your ability.
These restrictions may physically limit you technically, i.e. to develop the desired swing with your coach. The restrictions may also increase your risk of injury, especially considering the repetitive nature of the game of golf and the training required.
Once you have Golf specific screening performed, the information will then be available to develop an exercise program that will accurately address your areas at fault.
Of course as with any program your needs will change over time and a re-assessment will be needed to make adjustments to your program.
Who Needs a Golf Specific Physical Screening?
Of course I would like to answer any golfer! In reality, the players who will benefit most from an assessment, be they club golfer, elite amateur or touring professional, are those who are looking to improve their game and are prepared to work at it.
As we all know it takes hard work and dedication to improve your golf game.
Martin McInnes - GolfFit Physiotherapy