Bob Forman, MS – Exercise Physiology
Golf Fitness Instructor, Author, Speaker

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.

Health is a major concern for many today.  Aging Baby Boomers, who may have sacrificed a little bit of their health during their working years, are eager to get back in shape in order to enjoy an active, quality retirement.  Younger generations, on the other hand, have made health a lifestyle priority. 

Forward thinking clubs and communities who have had their ears to the track have already added or expanded their existing facilities in order to accommodate this demand.  St. Andrews CC in Boca Raton, Florida, expanded its fitness center to nearly 9,000sf and added a dedicated spinning room.  The Cliffs in the western part of NC has six wellness centers and offer activities such as kayaking, hiking, zip-lining, paddleboarding and more.  They’ve even hired a Cycling Director. 

As this is an emerging trend, there still is time to climb on board.  While brick and mortar renovations are nice, a club can easily join in on this wellness evolution with programming alone.  Colleton River Plantation Club in Blufton, SC, for example, has added educational workshops and friendly fitness challenges.  They, too, have taken wellness outdoors capitalizing on the scenic Colleton River with nature walks.  

Some other popular program additions to the group exercise classes and personal training that is typical offered in most clubs include:

·        wellness screens such as blood pressure, body composition, skin cancer, blood sugar, strength and flexibility

·         other forms of group exercise not already offered such as Yoga, Pilates and spinning

·         leisure-time activities such as croquet, bocce, and horseshoes

·         massage therapy

·         nutrition consults

·         cooking classes

·         physical therapy

·         kids activities such as summer camps and ropes courses

·         youth sport development (Long Term Player Development)      

How popular is this wellness trend?  Popular enough that LINKS magazine has included articles, in their last two consecutive issues, highlighting the need for golf clubs and communities to pay close attention to this emerging trend.  As stated in the first article, “. . . golf clubs hoping to attract and keep members had better have a full-service fitness center – and a whole lot more.” 

Health and wellness today are top priorities for many.  Golf clubs and communities are addressing this demand by expanding their wellness menus and helping their members and residents live healthier, better quality lives.  It’s an emerging development that needs to be taken seriously if a club wants to remain competitive now and in the future.


Static Hamstring Stretch

 One of the main factors for low back discomfort is tight hamstrings, which can also affect hip mobility in the golf swing.



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



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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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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


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:
- how to identify and correct the common physical deficiencies most golfers have that are impacting their swing and injury potential
- 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

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 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.  





November 11, 2017
The top 10 fitness must haves for better golf.  Click on the pic and then "podcast."  
My segment starts at 1:10:30.

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 

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