GolFIT Carolina is a golf fitness website dedicated to helping golfers play better, healthier golf. It’s author/owner, Bob Forman, is a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Author and Speaker who is internationally recognized as a leader in golf fitness programming. He holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and certifications through the Titleist Performance Institute and the American College of Sports Medicine. 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 skill levels. New information is added monthly, so please take a look around and come back often.
THE TOP 10 GOLF FITNESS SHOULD-HAVES FOR BETTER GOLF
- Balance between the chest and upper back muscles for a neutral spine at address.
- Flexible hip flexors to prevent swaying of the lower back (S-posture) at address.
- Adequate range of motion in the mid-back and lats to allow for a good shoulder turn.
- The ability to disassociate the upper body from the lower (X-factor).
- A fair degree of rotational movement in the shoulders.
- Adequate glute strength and lower body stability to avoid excessive lateral and forward movement of the hips.
- Flexible internal hip rotators to allow for freedom of movement in the hips.
- Forearm muscle strength and balance
- Good overall balance
- Adequate cardiovascular fitness to ward off fatigue on the back 9. Fatigue will negatively impact swing mechanics and increase the risk for injury!
Need help with any or all? Seek out a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor.
YOUR LIFESTYLE MAY BE WREAKING HAVOC ON YOUR GOLF GAME
Awareness is often the stimulus for change and here's something you're probably not aware of. . . your lifestyle is impacting your ability to swing an efficient golf club. That, as a consequence, is robbing you of distance, increasing the risk of injury and holding you back from playing better golf.
YOUR BODY'S THE ELEPHANT TO DISTANCE AND POWER GOLF
Pick up any golf magazine and you’ll inevitably find an article dedicated to achieving more power and distance. These combined, after all, are the Holy Grail of golf and the right buttons to push from a marketing perspective.
It’s one thing to write about the 4 keys, it’s another to perform them. My guess is that there’s an assumption that golfers have the flexibility, range of motion, strength and balance to step out on the golf course and readily replicate any one or all of the power moves. The reality, however, is that most do not. It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about, yet is the foundation to better ball striking, an efficient golf swing and a better golf game.
I’ve been assessing amateur and professional golfers, young and old, male and female, for nearly 10 years and every single one has had at least 1 physical deficiency that impacted their swing mechanics and/or injury. Most had multiple deficiencies. We all have them.
GOLFER'S ELBOW - TWO OF THE MORE COMMON CAUSES AND POSSIBLE NEW TREATMENT OPTIONS
MAINTAIN SWING WIDTH FOR GREATER DISTANCE
One of the common mechanical breakdowns I see in many golfers is a shortening of the swing arc in the backswing. As a result of this fault, the ability to generate power in the downswing is diminished and distance is often negatively impacted. Two of the physical requirements for a wide swing include a mobile thoracic spine (mid-back) and adequate strength in the triceps.
read how to correct
BABY BOOM AND SENIOR GOLFERS BENEFIT TRMENDOUSLY FROM GOLF FITNESS PROGRAMS
You love golf and you want to play it forever, especially now that you’ve retired or about ready to settle into retirement. But your game isn’t quite up to speed like it used to be and/or your playing time has become limited due to an annoying ache that’s disrupting your ability to play.
It’s a scenario that’s all too common for the Baby Boom and Senior golfer, but one that can often times be addressed with a sensible golf fitness program. Take it to the bank, a knowledgeable Golf Fitness Instructor (GFI) can work magic with the “seasoned” player in (re)gaining distance, improving playing performance and satisfaction, and keeping those nagging golf-related injuries in check.
GOLF PUBLICATION ARTICLES / INTERVIEWS
Get Golf Fit
Carolinas Golf Magazine
Exercise Makes All the Difference
Carolinas Golf Magazine
For Your Game
A Body Tune-Up Could Fix Your Game
Carolinas Golf Magazine
EXERCISE OF THE MONTH
IMPROVE YOUR GAME
ASSESSMENT & TRAINING
- Enhance swing efficiency
- Increase distance
- Improve playing performance and satisfaction
- Identify and correct golf-specific injury triggers
All for much less than what another brand new driver that's going to "fix my game" would cost
HOST A WORKSHOP
If your Club or organization would like to host an informative golf fitness workshop, contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org 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."
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
"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."
Available in print at TheBookPatch
or as an ebook on Amazon
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.