GolFIT Carolina is a golf fitness website dedicated to helping golfers play better, healthier golf. It’s author/owner, Bob Forman, is a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Author and Speaker who is internationally recognized as a leader in golf fitness programming. He holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and certifications through the Titleist Performance Institute and Flexor motor learning program. The articles, videos, and other related material presented here are intended to help golfers enhance swing mechanics and efficiency, thereby increasing distance, improving playing performance and satisfaction, and preventing/alleviating injury. This information is based on Bob’s 30+ years in the fitness industry and his work with golfers of all ages and levels. New information is added monthly, so please take a look around and come back often.
THE CAUSES AND CURES FOR A LIMITED BACKSWING
October 1, 2014
One of the biggest killers of distance is the golfer’s inability to make a good backswing. Logic has it that the further back the club travels the more speed it will be able to pick up on the way down. For every 1 mph of clubhead speed, you can expect 2 to 3 more yards. A limited backswing, though, is a common swing fault that reduces speed and yardage. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to cure.
LTAD for Golf
September 3, 2014
The Wall Street Journal published an article last month questioning whether or not professional golfers are working out too much and as a result were becoming more injury prone. Given the rash of reported injuries lately, you wonder if this could very well be the root cause. If you ask me, I’d respond with an emphatic “probably not.”
Sure, there are some that will overtrain in the gym, but I believe, as the article eludes too, that specialization has played a bigger part in the injury rates we're seeing lately. It's a generational thing that we all can learn from. As a result, Long Term Athletic Development is making a comeback and that's a good thing. Read about it, especially if you're a parent or teaching Pro. Click here.
FLEXIBILITY, A PREREQUISITE FOR POWERING UP YOUR GOLF SWING
August 1, 2014
Come on, admit it. You’d like to be a little longer off the tee. Who wouldn’t? “Distance” and “Power” are the common catch words you see in almost all golf club advertisements. But I’ve got news for you. It’s not the clubs. It’s your lack of flexibility that is impacting your ability to power up your swing.
I know because I’ve seen it in almost every golfer I’ve worked with, especially the older ones. The inability to move around a body joint, or what is commonly known as range of motion, is taking away your capacity to generate power and clubhead speed, hurting your distance on the golf course. For many, that’s also taking away the fun of playing.
Read more and see some good golf-specific stretches to get you started here.
BEFORE YOU GO TABLE TOP,
THERE'S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW
July 3, 2014
It’s a safe bet to say that Michelle Wie has very flexible hamstrings and strong erector spinae muscles. At least for her sake, I hope that’s the case. Otherwise, her new putting style that appeared to help her win the Women’s U.S. Open last month, may take a toll on her longevity in the game.
NUTRITION FOR GOLF
June 4, 2014
You’ve got all the bases covered. You’ve been taking lessons with the local pro, replaced the grips on your clubs and have been working diligently on your golf fitness program. This is going to be your year on the course. Or is it?
The ‘ol adage, you are what you eat definitely holds some truths and if you’re not paying attention to what you’re putting in your mouth, you may be depriving yourself the ability to play up to your potential. Proper nutrition is key to everything we do and if you’re not fueling your body correctly, it’s going to show-up in your workouts and on the scorecard.
IS SWINGING A WEIGHTED GOLF CLUB GOOD FOR YOUR GAME?
May 1, 2014
I see a lot of golfers out on the driving range and/or on the first tee swinging either a weighted club or a couple of clubs. Some, I believe, do it to loosen up while others see it as a means of getting more distance. Probably not a good idea in either case.
THE PHYSIOLOGY BEHIND THE SWAY & SLIDE SWING FAULTS
April 2, 2014
JUNIOR GOLFERS ARE VERY MUCH AT RISK
March 1, 2014
PLAYING GOLF MAY HURT YOU
February 1, 2014
Add another prominent player to the injured list. Phil Mickelson, last week pulled out of his hometown event in San Diego after making the cut due to a low back concern. He says he’s good-to-go this week, but time will tell.
Both acute and chronic pain is something we are all susceptible for due to the fact that we all are walking around with anatomical deficiencies. Playing golf only adds to that susceptibility due to the nature of the sport and the golf swing. Returning and then maintaining balance in our bodies should be a priority and is what a good golf fitness program is all about.
Read more and see related article below about low back injury
IMPROVE YOUR GAME
Functional Golf Fitness Training is a comprehensive player improvement resource manual for golfers, teaching professionals and golf coaches.
THE ANATOMY BOOK FOR GOLF
Dedicated chapters on:
- the common physical deficiencies most golfers have, how to detect and correct with over 40 golf-specific exercises and drills
- preventing/alleviating low back injury
- how to fix the brain-body swing faults (often referred to as muscle memory)
"Very clear explanations of causes and fixes for main physical deficiencies affecting golfers. Easy to follow instructions. While other books may give a whole laundry list of exercises that end up not being used, Forman has selected a few for each issue and puts together a program that doesn't take long to do"
"This book not only tells you what to do but also why you need to do and what results you can expect.
I have every book in print about golf fitness and this book is by far the best."
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EXERCISE OF THE MONTH
Tight hip flexors will impact hip mobility and are usually the mechanism that leads up to S-posture and low back pain. Here are 2 good stretches to improve flexibility in the hip flexors
Check with your physician before starting any type of exercise program
HOST A WORKSHOP
If your Club or organization would like to host an informative golf fitness workshop, contact Bob at email@example.com or 336-509-4610.
Bob came to my club and did a hour long session on the basics of his teaching and philosophy of fitness and how it relates to the golf swing and its performance. My members thoroughly enjoyed the hour and wanted more. I was impressed with his content and explanation. My members were floored with his Q&A and his personal adaptation to their issues. I was impressed with his interaction with attendants of the seminar. If you are looking for someone to integrate your fitness program with the golf program, Bob is the guy to do it! We will be booking Bob to come back to our club next spring.
Shannon Howell, PGA Head Golf Professional
Country Club of Sapphire Valley, Sapphire Valley, NC
"I recently had the opportunity to attend a golf fitness clinic conducted by Bob Forman. I found the clinic to be very informative, entertaining, as well as beneficial to my overall enjoyment of the game of golf. Bob's program helped me understand certain physiological weaknesses I have. I would highly recommend this clinic."
Jeff Adams, Barefoot Resort and Golf
Myrtle Beach, SC
"Bob Forman was fabulous! He is a great presenter who shared some extremely valuable information related to how anatomical deficiencies such as: poor posture, flexibility, and balance impact our golf swing. He not only shared what they are and how they impact the swing, but also demonstrated exercises to help correct them."
EWGA-Wilmington, NC chapter
“Westchester is one of the Country’s largest private clubs with a membership that has high expectations for service and performance. Bob Forman’s seminar on golf specific fitness and flexibility was extremely well received and motivated many of my members to begin a program of evaluation, exercise and follow-ups. I highly recommend Bob for his knowledge, energy , and ability to connect with amateurs concerning golf fitness.”
John Kennedy, Director of Golf
Westchester CC, Harrison, NY
Bob has a fantastic ability to understand and combine his expertise of the physical complexities of the human body with the PGA Professional’s trained eye with respect to the complexities of the golf swing. Bob offers a refreshing angle that most amateur and professional golfers can understand and embrace. Many times, a golfer will have physical limitations that prevents him or her from moving the way the PGA Professional is trying to instruct. Bob can take the golfer’s weakest physical traits and focus a training program to better overcome those obstacles and allow the golfers to ultimately improve their swing.
Dennis Nicholl, PGA Head Golf Professional
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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SWING FAULT PHYSIOLOGY
Swing mechanics are often influenced by physical deficiencies in the golfer's body. Below are some of the more common swing faults, their physical causes and how to correct.
While correcting the deficiencies, you also need to rewire the brain-body connection in order to break out of the inefficient swing pattern.