Only a short time ago golf was viewed as a sport that required little or no physical conditioning in order to be competitive either at amateur or professional level. In 1996 opinion radically changed when Tiger Woods burst onto the scene and dominated the game like no other. With the physique of an athlete & faultless technique he made a mockery of tough golf courses. Crushing the golf ball three hundred yards plus, shortened par 5’s significantly and in some cases made par 4’s reachable from the tee.
Architects lengthened courses & players had to hit the gym or be left behind. With today’s technology we now know what tremendous forces are placed upon the athlete during the golf swing so it is imperative that golfers condition themselves physically in order to prevent injury and enable a swing that is both powerful and accurate.
Simple in all its complexities
The golf swing is one the most complex movements in sport. It is a lateral, rotational, vertical movement that requires extreme precision to execute a perfectly timed shot but when spectating a full time touring professional it looks effortless, graceful and somewhat simple.
Taking the driver for instance with a maximum length of 45 inches and with the maximum face length of five inches (measured from heel to toe), striking a golf ball that has a diameter of 1.68″ squarely, powerfully and consistently requires coordination, strength, balance and countless repetitions.
Considering the average driver swing speed on the LPGA tour is 94 mph and the average PGA Tour swing speed is 112 mph (Trackman) any off center strike can have a dramatic influence on the overall ball flight and this is not taking into account course conditions, the elements, your mental/emotional state and overall physical capability.
Not only is golf the most difficult sport to play, it is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable and at the same time frustrating in the extreme.
Phases of the golf swing
- Address position
- 1/2 Backswing
- Top of Backswing
- Follow through
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