The 4 Pillars of Golf Fitness training!
Golf fitness combines 4 factors to help your body move through the complex movements of the golf swing without hindrance and more importantly, without injury! Having a body that is not strong or flexible to perform a golf swing is asking for trouble. Too often I have golfers come to me for lessons and their back hurts, or their knees hurt or their wrists hurt. These pains result when your body is is not equipped to handle the work we are asking of it. So take note of Stephen Ladd of Renegade Coach, and get your body “golf ready” with his 4 facets of golf fitness training to take you to golf swing freedom!
This whole “golf fitness” thing is a relatively new gig. It wasn’t long ago that golfers weren’t considered athletes. When I started working in the strength and conditioning field over 20 years ago, there wasn’t a single coach in this country recommending that golfers actually train, eat and live like serious athletes. Boy, how times have changed (Thank you, Mr. Woods). Although there are still a few examples of successful golfers on tour who shun the idea of health and fitness, there numbers are dwindling (instead of their waistlines). I get asked on occassion, “is it possible to be a top level professional and NOT be in good shape?” The answer is obviously YES, as exemplified by the guys and ladies mentioned above. However, the question that begs to be asked (and so I will) is this – just how close or far are they from their true peak performance potential? In other words, just how good would they be (or would you be) if they stopped relying so heavily on just their athletic skills, and got their overall health, fitness and performance levels up to par (bad golf puns are a weakness of mine). So, can a golf fitness routine really improve YOUR golf game? Heck Yes! Think about it… it is YOU that swings the golf club. Your golf instructor is fighting a constant battle, in that they are usually attempting to get your body to do something that is NOT a natural movement. Unless you are in the small minority of people these days (like 5%), then you most likely have any number of imbalances within your body. Some muscles are too tight, while others are too loose, and some maybe “shut down’ completely. These are not character flaws, mind you, just the reality of our everyday life. Your golf instructor then has two options: 1) force your body into positions which it is incapable of going (at least without injury) 2) adjust your swing i.e. create a compensation for you. Option #1 is NOT recommended. Option #2 can work to some degree. However, realize that a compensation is a compromise. And a compromise means that you will NEVER reach your true potential. I don’t know about you, but I think that sucks. So this is where golf fitness comes to the rescue. By balancing and stregthening your body for golf, your instructor will no longer be forced into creating compensations for your swing because of your physical limitations. Combining over two decades of one-on-one work with hundreds of golfers and my relentless study with both the top organizations in the world for golf fitness, and more holistic health models and paradigms, we have come up with the major facets of the Renegade Golf Fitness System:To see all 4 of Renegade Fitness’ important facets, go here! Source : Renegade Golf Training Pictures : Renegade Golf Training John Ranaudo