Golf Fitness Coaching
These days every player on Tour will spend time in the gym, using that as an opportunity to work on their game. Every time we swing a golf club our muscles work in the same way as a 60m sprinter, but we would never sprint without warming up or preparing our body for it. Yet we will often walk out on to a golf course without preparing our body and expecting it to move as we see the pros do.
By creating a mobile & flexible base, having a strong foundation, building explosive power, working on our weaker areas, it helps us to play better golf and to continue to play for a long time.
I work with all levels of player from Tour Players to those just starting out, either out here in the Algarve or online. Whether you are wanting a training programme for the gym, warm up routines, mobility programme, a yoga based breath and mindfulness programme, nutritional advice, or a combination of them all. As they are all areas that are needed for us to play our best golf.
Every session is created around the individual, helping you to achieve your golf goals, to hit the ball further, to play without pain, and keeping the body mobile and flexible. Sessions can incorporate different areas. Strength work, mobility, power, core strength, balance, breath work and mindset through meditation and other practices.
Golf Fitness Classes
During lockdown I started online Golf Specific Classes , which have continued and now run both Instudio and online.
After lockdown, everyone who had participated in the classes found that they hit the ball further, swung more freely and after a few weeks had handicap cuts , it was a great way to see how much fitness can affect your game.
The classes will go through a warm up that can be done on the golf course , as well as working on mobility & flexibility, strength and power to help to increase swing speed, get more rotation, move more freely and play pain free,
Classes are Tuesday at 11am and run in 4 week blocks.
The Videos will all be available after each class so if you can not make it live they will be there to view, and you will be able to go back and view them as many times as you want.
Here is a video of my 5 favourite Bodyweight Exercises for Golf, click the link to open.
Journey to 5.5
I have decided to set myself a Golf Challenge. I have been playing golf on and off for the last 20 years, and I did spend about a year playing off 9 back in 2010. Since then my handicap steady increased as I played less frequently.
After the last lockdown I decided that I would become a full member again and start playing regularly. in April 21 my handicap was 15.2 and after having lessons with Darren Devlin, I got it down to 10.7 in March 22, but it seemed to get stuck and the consistency was not there,
I then started training specifically for golf in May 22, when I set myself the challenge to get to 5.5 by my 55th birthday in August 2023.
The last few weeks has seen consistent scores in the late 70s early 80s. The ball striking is as good as it has been , and in the last couple of months I have gained between 5-15m on my irons. I am very hopeful that if I continue along this path it won't be long before I start to shoot 75s !
So please check back regularly to see my latest posts and I look forward to sharing the highs and lows along the way.
I have been playing golf for around 20 years and before I was a PT I started to understand that the more I trained in the gym, the better my game was and the futher I hit the ball ! When I became a PT and moved to the Algarve the link between improving my game and fitness became even more apparent and was an integral part of my game.
My approach to golf fitness has changed over the years. In 2016 I completed by TPI, which started to give me a greater understanding of how the swing and fitness is connected.
In 2022 I completed the Dr Golf Certification, which has taken my understanding to another level. Personally I have found since I have changed the way I train myself for golf, I am hitting the ball further, swing speed is increasing, and my handicap is continuing to come down. This combined with using my Yoga practice to help with the mental side of the game, means that I can create players a more rounded and holistic approach to Golf Fitness.
It is so much more than just creating rotation, lifting heavy, or balancing on stability balls whilst swinging a club. It is about ensuring the body functions on all levels, the mobility & flexibility is key, that provides the base on which strength and power can be built, but we also need to look at how we fuel the body, keeping our nutrition right to ensure energy for our 18th drive is the same as on our 1st drive, and to see how we breath and focus the mind , so yoga also is a key component. This is done on an individual basis, as we are all unique , so it is important to make sure we do what our body needs and not what anyone else's does.