Are you athletic enough to play good golf – Find out here!
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Golf has always been considered the lazy mans sport because there has been this perception that because golf is not an aerobic sport, and you barely get your heart rate above 100, there is no need to be fit. However, with the recent abundance of articles criticizing top players for over-training, what does it take to be athletic enough to play good golf? Golf Digest contributor Max Adler brings you 10 basic exercises that will test that ability. Try these out!
Go through the Golf Digest combine, and you’ll know. Max Adler and Functional Movements Systems founder Gray Cook test your fitness with basic competency, core stability and balance exercises. Coordination is the key to excellence, Cook says; pass all 3 phases, and you have the potential for greatness.
While maintaining a club directly over your head, drop into a squat position. To pass, both heels must stay on the floor as your hips descend lower than your knees. Your knees also should stay directly over your feet.
Stand tall with a club behind your neck and one foot positioned your shin’s length behind the other. Lunge forward to touch the back knee to the front heel. To pass, your front foot must stay flat, and your torso should remain upright with the club level.
Place tape across a doorway just below kneecap height. Step one leg over the tape and touch your heel to the floor without putting weight on it. Step back over. To pass, avoid touching the tape while keeping your other foot flat.
Hold a club across your chest and sit cross-legged with one foot on each side of a doorjamb. Rotate your torso until the club touches the jamb. To pass, your spine must be straight and the club in contact with your shoulders.
Lie on your back and slowly raise one leg vertically. To pass, your leg should finish perpendicular to your body while your head, arms and non-raised leg (toes up) remain in contact with the floor.