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Golf fitness for seniors - what you need to know

Updated: Mar 15

Golf can be particularly beneficial for older adults, offering not only physical exercise but also mental stimulation and social interaction. However, to fully enjoy and excel in your game as a senior golfer, it's important to prioritise physical fitness. In this blog post, I'll explore the essentials of golf fitness for seniors and provide valuable tips to help you stay strong and flexible on the course.


As we age, our bodies naturally undergo changes that can affect our strength, balance, and overall mobility. These changes can impact our ability to swing the club with power and precision. A well-rounded fitness regimen can not only enhance your performance on the course but also improve your overall health.


Key Components of Golf Fitness for Seniors:

Flexibility Flexibility is essential for achieving a full range of motion in your golf swing. Incorporate regular stretching exercises targeting major muscle groups, especially those involved in the golf swing. These include the shoulders, back, hips, and hamstrings. Strength Maintaining muscle strength is vital for generating power in your golf swing and decreasing injuries. Focus on strength training exercises that target the abdominals, upper body and lower body muscles. Include exercises such as squats, lunges, and various rotations to strengthen key muscle groups used in the golf swing. Balance and stability Good balance and stability are fundamental for maintaining proper posture and control throughout your golf swing. Incorporate balance exercises into your routine, such as single-leg stands, balance boards, or stability ball exercises. Improving balance can help you maintain a solid foundation and prevent falls or injuries on the course.

Cardiovascular endurance While golf may not seem like a strenuous activity, walking 18 holes can be quite demanding, especially for seniors. Improve your cardiovascular endurance with regular exercises such as walking, cycling, swimming or using the elliptical machine. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity most days of the week.

In summary

As a senior golfer, investing in your physical fitness is essential for maximising your enjoyment and performance on the course. By having a regular fitness routine, you can maintain your competitive edge and continue to play golf well into your golden years. Remember to listen to your body, start slowly, and consult with a healthcare professional before beginning any new exercise program.


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Golf fitness for senior golfers
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