PLAY YOUR ABSOLUTE BEST: GOLF LESSONS AND GOLF FITNESS, A WINNING COMBINATION

Bob Forman, MS, Exercise Physiology
Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Author & Speaker 

Most of us wouldn't go out and run a 5K without doing a little bit of training for it first.  For that matter, any activity you choose to participate in usually requires some physical preparation in order to perform well and not get hurt.  So why would anyone go out and, as Robin Williams plainly put it, whack at a little white ball thousands of times?  

The player development wheel has added another spoke recently and this new “technology” compliments well the skills, equipment and mental aspects of the game that has been the primary focus for years.  Though Gary Player has been promoting it for some time, golf fitness is a relatively new concept to the game, and its presence and impact is becoming ever more apparent.  The common misconception that lifting weights and exercising would ruin a golfer’s swing has taken a rapid about-face, as golfers today are eagerly seeking out qualified instructors to help them develop and supervise individualized exercise programs. 

The reason for this new “obsession,” as Golfweek has called it, is the research that has surfaced over the past few years emphatically demonstrating the positive correlation between golf-specific exercises to improve a golfer’s muscular deficiencies and swing efficiency.  This bettering of the body to better the swing will, in turn, result in better ball striking, greater distance, and improved playing performance and satisfaction. 

The link between the physical and skill spokes is critical, however.  Combining the two is the modern day’s ultimate golf package.  Identifying muscular deficiencies can provide vital insight and often time causes to specific swing faults, lack/loss of distance, and particular aches and pains suffered by the golfer.   

With this information in hand, the golf professional and golf fitness instructor team can develop a comprehensive program to improve the golfer’s inadequacies both from the physical and technical point of view.  This sets the stage for a more productive timeline, progressing swing mechanics as improvements in muscular strength and flexibility dictate.  This enhances positive outcomes and eliminates the frustration often experienced by golfers who are trying to improve their swing, but just physically don’t have the capacity.     

Without this knowledge, compensations to the golf swing are usually the course of action, which in itself can cause both acute and chronic injury as the body is now asked to do something it is not accustomed to and/or simply cannot do. 

As the relatively new golf fitness technology evolves, golf schools and academies are quickly incorporating its sound principles into their curriculums.  Merging the physical along with the skill components is a winning combination that is here to stay and is changing the way golfers are playing the game.

EXERCISE OF THE MONTH

Quad-Hip Flexor Stretch

This is a progressive stretch for the quad-hip flexor area.  Be cautious as you lean back on the bench as it will challenge the knee if the quads are tight.  Avoid this stretch if you've had knee replacement.  Tight quads/hip flexors will impede hip mobility and that may rob you of power and distance.

 

 

Check with your physician before starting any type of exercise program.

IMPROVE YOUR GAME

GOLF FITNESS
ASSESSMENT & TRAINING


A quality, customized golf fitness program will. . .
  • Enhance swing efficiency
  • Increase distance
  • Improve playing performance and satisfaction
  • Identify and correct golf-specific injury triggers

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The golf exercises are going great.  I am hitting the ball the best I have ever hit it.  My back pain has gone away also. 
 
David R. 

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HOST A WORKSHOP

If your Club or organization would like to host an informative golf fitness workshop, contact Bob at bob@golfitcarolina.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


"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."
Ellen Gregory
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

Functional Golf Fitness Training is a comprehensive player improvement resource for golfers of all ages and levels, teaching professionals and coaches.  
A great manual for golf teams as well.  

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 the #1 injury in golf, low back injury
- how to fix the more common swing faults 
- how to put together an inexpensive home gym

Amazon reviews:

"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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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.

GOLF POSTURE

S-POSTURE AND LOW BACK PAIN

EARLY EXTENSION

SWAY & SLIDE

REVERSE SPINE

While correcting the deficiencies, you also need to rewire the brain-body connection in order to break out of the inefficient swing pattern.  

REWIRE THE BAD SWING HABIT

RADIO / PODCASTS

 

 
June 22, 2017
(go to 1:10:00 into the show)
golf posture, muscle imbalance, improving distance, stretching, hydration, Tiger and specialization, Rory and weight lifting



March 14, 2015
(go to 1:08:00 into the show)
fitness vs. golf fitness, strength training and slowing down the aging process, C and S-postures,  


August 28, 2014
We talk about Shan's golf fitness assessment results

 


June 26, 2014


scroll down to 9/9/2013
(go to 23:15 into the show)
back injury