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3 reasons why your golf fitness plans fail

Updated: Jun 11, 2022



1. You don't have clear goals in mind

Although goal setting is often discussed, i see a lot of people getting it wrong. Goal setting is a way to set a clear path in the correct direction. Unfortunately with so much access to information, you can easily be distracted. Having a detailed understanding of what you want will boost motivation and will ensure you maintain commitment throughout the toughest of times. Your goal should be very personal to YOU. One client of mine wanted to increase his flexibility within 1 month so that he could hit his irons without restriction. In contrast, a professional player i work with purely wants to focus on power training to maximise his club head speed. To help achieve your goals, they should be SMART, with that meaning: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely My short term goal of 4 weeks is to record a club head speed of 125MPH. Everything i do related to my fitness revolves around that goal. 2. You don't know your strengths and weaknesses You should be analysing your fitness like your golf game. You might be great off the tee but lack skill around the greens. You may have great leg strength but lack balance. Unfortunately assessing your body is harder than assessing your golf game. It is easiest to get an understanding of your physical state with someone with the correct qualifications. Fortunately, there are some tests you can do by yourself. For example if you want to compare yourself to PGA pros try the below tests. - Vertical leap (PGA average 18-24 inches) - 4kg med ball chest pass (PGA average 18-22 feet) - 4kg sit up and throw (PGA average 18-22 feet)


It is well and good to compare yourself to the best golfers in the world for fun but you should be mindful to measure yourself against your age and gender. If you are spending large amounts of time on the wrong fitness components, unfortunately your gains will be affected. To get a better understanding of exactly where you are underperforming you should undergo a full golf performance screen.


3. You don't understand exercise principles For your training to be useful for golf it needs to follow some key principles: - Progressive overload: this involves making your training harder in someway over time - Frequency: you need to perform exercises regularly so that you can make and keep your gains - i suggest two training sessions a week minimum - Specificity: if you can't explain how your form of exercise helps your golf, it's probably not useful - Intensity: your program should make you breathe heavy at some point. If it is too easy, your body won't adapt positively - Variety: your training should include a mix of balance, strength and flexibility components. Doing the same program regularly will also get boring I like the to summarise training principles with the quote "if you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got".

Bonus tip: You don't work with a golf fitness professional The quickest way to make fitness gains is to work with a professional. Are you sick of being injured? Do you get pain? Do you want to take your game to the next level? If you answered yes to any of these questions, book in to see me here https://www.golfphysiotherapyaustralia.com/treatments

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