Golf fitness. Two words you might not believe go together if you've seen too many beer-bellied guys riding in carts. But golf fitness is important for those golfers who truly want to improve their games - and who want to improve their physical abilities. Because golf fitness means addressing issues of strength, flexibility and balance. Paying attention to golf fitness can
improve your scores.
Also listed here are informational articles on the benefits of golf and other issues relating to golf as a physical activity.
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This article discusses a scientific study that attempted to quantify how many calories are burned and how many miles are walked during a round of golf. The study also looked at how walking vs. riding - and how carrying your own bag vs. using a push cart or caddie - impacts the golfer's score.
Similar in focus to the first article, but more of a general look at the benefits of walking when playing golf, as opposed to riding in a cart. Many golf organizations push walking not just for its health benefits, but because it's better for golf courses and - many argue - better for the game overall.
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There are quite a few articles on our site that describe and demonstrate specific exercises that you can do to work on your golf fitness. This page lists exercises that target muscles specific to golf.
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The Golf Stretching hub and Golf Exercises hub have some overlap, but the articles listed on the Golf Stretching page focus on exercises geared more toward flexibility, as opposed to strength. They also include some stretches you can do at the golf course. Speaking of which ...
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This article prescribes a simple stretching routine that you can do on the driving range or even on the first tee, something quick and easy to get your body primed for golf. The routine was developed by an orthopedic surgeon who has published books on the subjects of golf fitness and golf injuries.
One of the keys to avoiding injury in golf is to go through a proper warmup. That's also one of the keys to scoring well. This warmup routine includes not just a recommendation to do some stretching, but also describes where to begin your practice before the round and how to progress in a way that has you best prepared to tee off.
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Maybe you've been away from golf for a while. Maybe you live in a climate where you have to put the clubs away during the winter months. But now you're ready to get out the clubs and get back on the golf course. Before you do, take some time to ease your body back into golf with a golf fitness program. The one described here goes over the key areas to address, and recommends specific exercises and stretches.
The orthopedic surgeon we mentioned above - the one whose simple pre-round stretching routine we mentioned - also wrote this article for us. Here, the doctor describes the most common injuries in golf, describes how to recognize them and what the necessary treatments might be.
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Speaking of common golf injuries, the back - and specifically the lower back - is often a problem area for golfers. Taking care of your back means paying attention to golf fitness - incorporating stretches and exercises into your workouts that can help protect your back against pain or injury.
Improving your golf scores might be as easy as eating the right foods, drinking enough fluids, and generally paying attention to your health and fitness.