GolFIT Carolina is dedicated to helping golfers play better, healthier golf. It’s author/owner, Bob Forman, is a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor and Director of the Golf Fitness Academies for High Point Regional, NC. He holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and certifications through the Titleist Performance Institute and Flexor motor learning program.
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 levels. New information is added monthly, so please take a look around and come back often.
GOLFING AFTER JOINT REPLACEMENT
June 2, 2013
Joint replacement surgery (hip and knee replacement) has been on the rise for some time now. It is considered the most effective intervention for severe arthritis, which is one of the ten most disabling diseases in developed countries. For the avid golfer, joint replacement can be a frightening thought.
There’s no need to hang up the clubs, however, due to the pain and dysfunction from arthritis. Joint replacement has come a long way and will continue to evolve, making it a viable option for golfers in helping them get back out on the golf course.
May 1, 2013
There are 3 known golf postures, the N, C, and S, but only one of these address positions is physiologically ideal for healthy, productive outcomes. Do you know which one you are?
If it’s determined that you’re not one of those with ideal posture, you should begin an exercise program to correct the anatomical imbalance associated with the fault and focus on body alignment drills to rewire the brain-body connection. In doing so, you’ll set yourself up for a more efficient golf swing and more yards down the fairway. You'll reduce the potential for injury as well.
THE ROLE OF NUTRITION IN THE GOLF FITNESS WORKOUT
April 1, 2013
The benefits of a consistent exercise program have been firmly established as it relates to improving one’s golf swing and performance. The right customized mix of strength, cardio, and flexibility exercises is essential for productive outcomes and a better, healthier game. So, too, is the realization that nutrition plays a huge role in achieving those outcomes.
To maximize the benefits and minimize the unwelcomed by-products of exercise, you must reduce the degree of breakdown (catabolism) by encouraging a building up (anabolism) within the body as soon as possible after the exercise session is done. This is achieved through a proper, timely eating plan.
WHY LOW BACK DISCOMFORT IS COMMON AMONG GOLFERS
March 2, 2013
There are two main reasons why almost 40% of all golfers experience chronic low back discomfort and/or acute injury. The first has to do with muscle imbalance and the other poor swing mechanics. Either one, by itself, can be a problem, but combine the two and you’ve got the perfect storm!
Anatomically, tight hamstrings (back of the thigh) or tight hip flexors (front of the hip) are major factors that contribute to low back discomfort. They are both what are known as tonic or postural muscles that are working all the time to help maintain posture. Tonic muscles have a tendency to become shortened if they are not intentionally stretched.
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High school golf season went along pretty well this year, I ended up finishing 7th in the state tournament. I can defiantly tell that the program is making a huge difference, not only strength wise with distance, but being able to stay in certain positions for a longer period of time. I also believe that I have a whole lot better control of my hips and basically my whole body from moving forward through my downswing.
Kelley said my impact position is the best it's ever been and I haven't been practicing so I said it was the hip work we've been doing. Very pleased!!
past US Women's Mid-Am Champion
Until I started this program I never realized the positive impact of stretching and how important it is to general fitness. I have always been active but have never done stretching exercises. The weather has been so miserable that I have no good evaluation of my golf game. Two rounds with temps in the 40's, wind and wet is not a good basis for comparison. I have maintained a regular schedule of exercises. I can do most at home and the balance at the fitness center. I am more flexible and can complete the routine with ease except for the crunches. Overall I can feel a difference in walking, bending and overall general welfare. I feel very positive about the program and plan to stay with it.