Your Golf Body
The human body is an amazing thing. It’s capable of adapting and changing — and it’s capable of doing these things at any age. It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting into the game or if you already have a victory in one of golf’s Majors under your belt, there is always room to improve your Golf Body. Once you understand that the body has to be able to do very certain and specific things during the golf swing, it becomes very easy to apply a logical scientific approach to making sure it can do those things.
You may be able to do 100 push-ups, a dozen pull-ups, or run a five-minute mile. Just having what society considers a strong, healthy, and good-looking body, though, doesn’t guarantee success on the golf course. Look at all of the NBA, NFL, and MLB players who spend their off-seasons golfing. They’re in spectacular shape, but — in their wildest dreams — could they ever play on the PGA Tour? Of course not. They’ve spent their lives developing and optimizing their Basketball Bodies, their Football Bodies, and their Surfing, Dancing, and Racecar Driving Bodies for example. If a person hasn’t put in the time to develop and optimize their Golf Body, they simply will not play up to their potential.
If you’re constantly slicing the ball or never feel like you’re getting enough power in your swing, the odds are that there’s something not quite right with your Golf Body.
If, for example, you’re not able to create enough separation between your upper body and your lower body, you’re probably not going to lose your job and you could still have a very long and happy. But on the golf course, this lack of ability to properly rotate your upper body while keeping your lower body stable will seriously — and negatively — impact your game.
It’s a weakness in your Golf Body.
The golf swing is an amazingly complex sequence of motion. There’s movement around just about every joint in the body — from the way your fingers grip the club to the way your toes move as you pivot your back foot. The golf swing will expose your weaknesses. It will show you where you are too tight and it will show you where you are not strong enough.
Most of us play to our strengths and try to ignore our weaknesses – and don’t address our poor habits. You may be able to get by with this strategy in your day-to-day life, but once you pick up a golf club, even the most visibly fit looking players will have their weaknesses exposed — just as clearly as the emperor without any clothes.
A sound golf fitness program has to assess your individual Golf Body. It has to determine exactly what is too tight and what is too weak about YOUR Golf Body. We’re all built and shaped differently. We’ve all had injuries and other physical setbacks in our lives. The key to improving your game is to figure out what about your current Golf Body is preventing you from swinging the club correctly. Once the issues have been identified and isolated, it becomes much easier to fix them…and — as a result — fix your game. Your game will improve not because of some magical “secret,” but because of logic, the science of biomechanics, and your hard work.