Functional Training for Golf

Functional training for golf is a relatively new concept. It is based, however, on a very simple principle. Any exercise of training method must reflect what is functional (even practical) to the game. The principles of functional training are imposed to help your body prepare for every possible movement required in the game of golf. Training is not to focus on any exercise that is not conducive to improving any aspect of playing the sport. This is seen as counterproductive. Look at your swing Consider a golf swing. It involves your entire body - the legs, hips, abdominal muscles, back, shoulders, neck, arms and hands. Every single muscle, ligament and joint is required to execute it properly. Functional training for golf, therefore, provides a training program based on this integrated response system. You will utilize all the physical components required to execute an efficient and effective swing. The point- to employ each effectively and all as an interactive and unified entity; the result – the entire body is exercised efficiently and effectively. The goal that emerges is to train the body as it is employed in the game. In this instance, functional training for golf examines the mechanics involved in a golf swing and devises golf-specific exercises, workouts, and courses to strengthen the weak or limited areas of the swing. Since swinging a club places you in an unnatural position, twisting your body repeatedly over a four-hour period of time, functional training for golf requires programs on flexibility. Moreover, exercises on improving posture and stability as well as programs to increase endurance become part of the functional training package. Coordinating your game The simplest actions in playing golf require coordinated actions of all the muscles involved. Part of undertaking functional training for golf requires exercises directed at strengthening the core. The core is your power centre. It is the foundation of such characteristics as balance, stability, speed, flexibility and strength. Strong, fit core muscles act to stabilize your mid section when you need to stand, stretch, reach, walk, twist and swing. A key to functional training for golf is strength training. The exercises, however, must be golf-specific. It is not necessary to create body builder-type muscles. That is not what is required or even helpful in golf. Building too much muscle could actually impede your chances of being successful. Golf is also a game of endurance not a quality found in the average body-builder. There is one final point to consider. While you must think golf-specific, do not forget any functional training for golf must be adjustable to individual needs. Not everyone has the exact same flaws. Not everyone may have to work at improving the same skills the exact same way. Keep in mind functionality, practicality, individuality and golf-centered and you will be sure to reap some benefits from the program.

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