Golf is re-living its glory days, with 5.3 million adults across Great Britain and Ireland enjoying it last year.  Whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced player, you may be looking for ways to boost your game as summer approaches and the prospect of sunny days on the green beckons.  If you’re already active in the gym, you may not have given much thought to training which can actually complement your golf game.  Equally, if you’re a fitness novice, you may be surprised to see just how much value a personal trainer can add to your golf.  Here are some of the ways you can use your fitness sessions to smash your golf goals.

Do more core

The importance of building and maintaining a strong core for golf, and indeed for life, cannot be overstated.  Scientists and sports therapists agree that the core muscles in your abdomen, lower spine and sides, which make up your torso, are important for stabilising your spine and pelvis.  This in turn creates strong posture and even weight distribution through your body, both of which are essential for perfecting your golf swing.  Building a strong core will also help with the everyday movements that are key to maintaining independence as you grow older, such as tying shoelaces, and standing up easily from a seated position.  Ask your trainer to teach you some core exercises, such as planking and Swiss ball crunches. You can also build your core using a range of strength equipment and machines once you have an understanding of how to use it. Some golfers also find Pilates beneficial.

Up your strength game
For a more powerful swing, you may like to work with your trainer on building your upper body strength.  It’s a common misconception that lifting weights will automatically make for bulky arms, but your trainer will be able to advise you on the right combination of weight and reps to increase tone and power without adding bulk.  Lifting weights can also improve heart health and aid weight loss, so there are lots of reasons to add it to your programme.  If weights aren’t for you, then look at sports such as swimming, tennis or badminton that can also keep your upper body strong and flexible.
Ready, steady, glow
Whether you prefer to sweat or glow, asking your trainer to include some regular cardio in your workouts can also really help your golf.  It’s estimated that an 18 hole round of golf can involve walking between 3 and 6 miles, so keeping your overall stamina and fitness up with cardio is a good idea.  For those who prefer gym workouts, the treadmill, cross trainer and rowing machine are all good options, but if you prefer being outside, hiking, running or even open water swimming are all great forms of cardio.  Again, your trainer will be able to advise on the best cardio for your overall health and fitness levels.

While you may not automatically think of personal training to help your golf game, there is in fact a world of experience and help to be gained.  By building a strong core, improving your upper body strength and stepping up your cardio, you should soon see improvements on the course, not to mention elsewhere in your overall health.  That’s certainly something to toast at the clubhouse.

Sally Perkins

Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.


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