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Golf Conditioning

Mountain Shadows - Friday, March 19, 2010
   Golf conditioning is an important part of the game. If you want to be as good as you can be in this great game then you must condition yourself for it. All great athletes spend time outside of their chosen game preparing their mind and body and you should be no different. Most people do not think of golf as a game that requires a great deal of conditioning, but they are wrong. Golf, like any sport, is only made more enjoyable when the participant is in top form.

   Golf conditioning constitutes several key factors. Firstly is strength training. Golf is a game that requires total body strength, particularly core strength as this is where the power for a good swing comes. Time spent in resistance training, whether it be with weights, body weight exercises or suspension training, so long as you focus on your core strength you will see noticeable results in your swing speed, drive distance and endurance. Focusing on your shoulders, back, arms and legs will also help the golf enthusiast. Again, resistance training will provide the best golf conditioning for these muscle groups and help to add yards onto your drives.

   Cardiovascular exercise will also be critical to golf conditioning. A strong heart and lungs helps to sustain a golfer through all eighteen holes. Beyond the overall health benefits of maintaining a strong cardio vascular system such as lower cholesterol and less likeliness of heart disease, for a golfer it means playing strong through the entire course without a loss of strength or endurance. With proper golf conditioning, you can play the eighteenth hole like it was the first. To build up your cardio vascular health, engage in any physical activity that will elevate your heart rate for a sustained period of time. Even walking for a half hour will help to build heart strength and it will burn one hundred and thirty calories for most individuals. Better yet, running or swimming for a half hour or more will provide an even greater advantage and significantly boost performance on the golf course.

   Golf conditioning should be a part of every golfer’s routine for both a happier, healthier life and a better game on the links.