Is it too soon to be getting the golf bug again?


Winter is definitely upon us in southern Ontario with temperatures more like January than November and a discouraging layer of snow on the ground. Despite climatic cues that I should be resigned to storing the sticks until next March, I stopped in at the local Golftown, "just to see what's new". Those of you that have known me for a while probably know that such an innocuous purpose quite often leads to me leaving the store with a new club. Today started out no differently than others, as I immediately noticed they were heavily discounting last season's drivers.

I selected a Titleist 907 D2 in my preferred loft and shaft flex and proceeded to head to the simulator to take some swings. I really was curious about the club but I was more motivated to try to loosen up all the soreness from the past two days of kettlebell exercising with my recent certification.

Aside from noticing how nice the classically shaped Titleist looked at address, I was surprised to feel quite mobile despite rampant DOMS in my traps, rhomboids, lateral and posterior deltoids, lats, erectors, gluteals, and hamstrings. Soon I started thinking about how the kettlebell workout could benefit golf fitness and started thinking less about how the driver felt and performed.

Unlike many other days in the past, I put the heavily discounted Titleist back in the rack and left without nary a purchase. The driver was nice and on a different day I'm sure I would've been very tempted to purchase it, today however, my mind was racing with more strategies for developing a good golf fitness program.

There are a lot of poorly designed golf fitness programs out there. One of my immediate goals is to create a golf fitness program that addresses existing errors in most golf fitness programs available today. Two of the biggest errors I see in golf fitness programs are a misunderstanding of how the core works during a golf swing and an assumption that the golf swing is a low intensity activity. Within those two major areas lie a number of other program design errors, notably a mis-application of golf specific movements, an under-utilization of unilateral exercises and an over-emphasis on core flexibility.

I can't "give away the store" as they say so I won't go into too much detail on this blog but suffice to say, I'm getting the golf bug a little early this year due to my work on a golf fitness program.

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