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 the American College of Sports Medicine. 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 skill levels. New information is added monthly, so please take a look around and come back often.
MAINTAIN SWING WIDTH FOR GREATER DISTANCE
May 2, 2015
One of the common mechanical breakdowns I see in many golfers is a shortening of the swing arc in the backswing. As a result of this fault, the ability to generate power in the downswing is diminished and distance is often negatively impacted. Two of the physical requirements for a wide swing include a mobile thoracic spine (mid-back) and adequate strength in the triceps.
read how to correct
BABY BOOM AND SENIOR GOLOFERS BENEFIT TRMENDOUSLY FROM GOLF FITNESS PROGRAMS
March 1, 2015
You love golf and you want to play it forever, especially now that you’ve retired or about ready to settle into retirement. But your game isn’t quite up to speed like it used to be and/or your playing time has become limited due to an annoying ache that’s disrupting your ability to play.
It’s a scenario that’s all too common for the Baby Boom and Senior golfer, but one that can often times be addressed with a sensible golf fitness program. Take it to the bank, a knowledgeable Golf Fitness Instructor (GFI) can work magic with the “seasoned” player in (re)gaining distance, improving playing performance and satisfaction, and keeping those nagging golf-related injuries in check.
WELLNESS, THE HOT NEW TREND IN GOLF CLUBS AND COMMUNITIES
February 2, 2015
It used to be people would join a country club solely to play golf, but times have changed and so have people’s priorities. While golf is still high on the priority list, health and wellness amenities are quickly becoming the #1 desire. If a club or community hasn’t made plans to expand or add a wellness component, they may find themselves losing an existing or potential member or two to a club that has.
IMPROVE YOUR GOLF SWING WHILE FULFILLING
SOME OF THOSE PERENNNIAL RESOLUTIONS
January 1, 2015
You don’t have to be in the fitness field as long as I have to know that a new year brings renewed hope to those who want to lose weight and get fit. Unfortunately for many, these are reoccurring resolutions that show up, perhaps worded a little differently, year after year after year.
For golfers, tugging around a few extra pounds and/or being out of shape can have a definite impact on your playing performance and actual playing time. Either one will more than likely impede your ability to make an efficient golf swing, robbing you of distance and making it tougher to even have a go at those par and birdie putts. Either one can also pull the plug on the back nine leaving you feeling sluggish and making poor shots. Combining the two enhances the likelihood that these game detractors will indeed occur.
December 3, 2014
Many golfers aren't aware that they have this common swing fault, but it's messing up your ball flight and possibly your lower back. It's also probably the cause for much of your frustration.
Check out this short descriptive video and article demonstrating some exercises and a neuromuscular drill you can do to help fix this fault.
WINTER IS THE BEST TIME TO IMPROVE YOUR GOLF GAME
November 3, 2014
As the colder weather settles in, golfers are cutting back or hanging up the clubs for the season, regulating themselves to sitting in front of the tube watching football and the Yule log. Just because your home course may be covered in white, it’s no excuse not to take the time to improve your game.
As the shorter, colder days don’t allow for much golf, they do provide ample time to work on and fine tune the physical spoke of the player improvement wheel. That’s you. Don’t just sit around hibernating for the winter, as this inactivity won’t bode well for your body, your health or your game come springtime. Instead, take advantage of the time off the course by knocking out those musculoskeletal deficiencies (tight and/or weak muscles) that are negatively impacting your swing and your game, and are often times the triggers for those nagging aches and pains you suffer from.
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.
read how here
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.
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.
read how and why
EXERCISE OF THE MONTH
IMPROVE YOUR GAME
Functional Golf Fitness Training is a comprehensive player improvement resource for golfers of all ages and levels, teaching professionals and coaches.
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."
Available in print at TheBookPatch
or as an ebook on Amazon
HOST A WORKSHOP
If your Club or organization would like to host an informative golf fitness workshop, contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
"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
IMPROVE YOUR GAME
ASSESSMENT & TRAINING
- Enhance swing efficiency
- Increase distance
- Improve playing performance and satisfaction
- Identify and correct golf-specific injury triggers
All for much less than what another brand new driver that's going to "fix my game" would cost
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.