GolFIT Carolina is dedicated to helping golfers play better, healthier golf. It’s author/owner, Bob Forman, is a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor and Director of the Golf Fitness Academies for High Point Regional, NC. 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 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
THE REVERSE SPINE SWING FAULT
January 1, 2014
One of the more common swing flaws is reverse spine or a leaning back of the upper body toward the target during the backswing. It’s easy to spot; you don’t even need a slow-motion camera, and generally results in the notorious weak slice that can frustrate the heck out of you. It can also lead-up to low back discomfort.
The reverse spine swing fault afflicts many amateur golfers and is a major reason why so many are frustrated with their game and/or are injured. External factors like the latest new driver and/or golf ball will not do much in solving the problem. The focus needs to be placed on fixing your body. Address the deficiencies to better your swing and your game.
GOLF FITNESS VS. FITNESS, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE
December 4, 2013
As I travel around doing golf fitness workshops, I'm getting the feeling that a lot of golfers aren't really sure what golf fitness is all about. My gut is that the word "fitness" is throwing them off. Golf Physiology might be a better combination as it would tie golf with anatomy and that's what we're really talking about here. Fine tuning our bodies (the anatomy) so that we can get into the good hitting positions, improve swing sequence and swing a more efficient stick. That produces better outcomes and that gets us excited about playing this game. . .again.
POWERING UP YOUR GOLF SWING
November 1, 2013
One of the negative consequences of getting older is a loss of functionality due to the fact that our bodies become weaker, less flexible and fatigue quicker. This, as you can imagine, detracts from our ability to move as efficiently as we once did thereby deteriorating our skill level and performance out on the golf course.
Well I’m here to tell you, age is no excuse. Oh yeah, sure, there is that inevitable loss of muscle as we get older, but you can slow that process if you stay active and even reverse a lot of it if you get active.
You can put off the loss of distance and errant hits and maintain, even restore functionality by focusing on the movement patterns and requirements needed to perform the desired task.
For golf, that power requirement is a combination of . . .
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WHY LOW BACK INJURY IS COMMON AMONG GOLFERS
September 2, 2013
You can add Tiger to the growing list of golfers who suffer from low back injury. Going down last weekend at the Barclays, you really have to wonder how much it impacted him this weekend finishing 18 strokes off the lead, tied for 65th place.
I highlighted this common golf injury back in March and I feel compelled to draw attention to it again as it does inflict so many golfers of all ages and all levels. Two main factors are muscle imbalance, which is more prevalent today due to our lifestyle, and faulty swing mechanics.
Here is a link to the article, which I expanded to include other links to specific exercises and information on the 3 primary swing faults that lead-up to both chronic and acute low back injury. Once it rears its ugly head, the chances of low back discomfort reoccurring is high so prevention and attention to correcting one or both factors is absolutely essential.
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EXERCISE OF THE MONTH
This is a top 3 exercise for golf. Good for opening up the chest cavity, enhancing external rotation in the shoulder, and getting you down the fairway further.
Check with your physician before starting any type of exercise program
HOST A WORKSHOP
If your Club or organization would like to host a workshop, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-509-4610.
"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."
Barefoot Resort and Golf
"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."
"I enjoyed Bob Forman's clinic immensely and found it to be very informative...plan to implement exercises recommended to improve my golf game."
EWGA - Wilmington
“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.”
Director of Golf, Westchester CC
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.