What I Learned About Golf Fitness at the Hardware Store
Work on those Hunny-do lists, of course.
Why not get all of those home improvement projects out of the way before the golf season starts?
So I made a trip to the local home improvement store to ask golfers some questions.
The purpose was to see what everyday golfers thought about golf fitness and what are the reasons they don’t exercise for the purpose of me to respond to their objections here in this article.
Why a Home Improvement Store?
Mainly because I know a lot of the people that work there, including the manager, so they wouldn’t call the police when I was bothering their customers.
Second, the warehouse-type store gave me a lot of room to scope out golfers.
How did I do that?
Very scientific, I looked for golf logos on hats and jackets.
Asking Leading Questions
Yes, I asked leading questions to get the responses I wanted.
Truthfully, I didn’t know what the responses would be but had to lead the conversation towards golf fitness.
Then keep asking questions to get them to tell me why or why not they work out and if they do what problems do they encounter.
What Are Golfer’s Objections About Golf Fitness?
To be fair, not all of the people I talked about did have objections to golf fitness. Some do actively work on their golf fitness, although none of them see a fitness professional specifically about golf fitness.
I also didn’t tell them that I’m a golf fitness professional as I didn’t want to solicit at someone else’s store. I only told them I was writing an article if they asked, The questions were brought up in a “normal” conversation between golfers, and only a couple of people caught on that I was leading them to those questions.
Surprisingly, no one had a problem with me talking to them about golf even though they were trying to get materials for their projects at home. Everyone wants to talk about the upcoming season and their home course, I guess.
There Were 5 Common Responses
I always tried to work in the following questions. What do you think about strength training for golfers? Do they exercise for golf and why or why not. Where do they get the exercises? And do they have any problems when they exercise, either with the exercise itself or anything else?
Below are the most common responses.
Strength Training with Heavy Weights
I was surprised that most golfers are coming around to golf fitness, but still, over 50% of the people thought that lifting heavy weights was bad.
People hear on the TV broadcasts that most professionals have a workout program and they see golf exercises in magazines and on the internet, so they know that some sort of exercises is beneficial.
But they can’t get their head around lifting heavy weights, many blaming Tiger’s injury on lifting heavy weights and saying that Rory might be going down the same road.
Why These Thoughts Are Bad
Everyone I talked to was most likely over 30 years old, closer to over 40 I would say. I want to go on the record and say that everyone near the age of 40 should be lifting some weights in order to retain muscle mass.
Regardless if it’s good for golf or not, it’s good for your health.
As for Tiger and Rory?
I think Dr. Greg Rose of TPI said it best in his video statement on why Rory lifts heavy weights.
It provides good reasons why people with fast swing speeds should lift heavy. It’s my personal belief that Tiger needed more muscle when he was younger. His back issues are chronic injuries from early in his career. If he had more muscle to help slow down his body rotation he wouldn’t have back issues now.
I love Greg’s last statement about Rory’s naysayers.
“…plain old ignorant.”
Here is the video in full.
Do You Exercise Specifically for Golf?
I asked golfers if they exercised specifically for golf. Of course, there were those that do and those that don’t.
Reasons Not to Exercise – I Just Want to Play
For those that don’t exercise for golf, I asked why not.
Some said they just want to play golf for fun and to get outside and enjoy a game with their friends.
It’s hard to argue with that statement, and I left it right there. I get that some people will never take golf serious enough to go through the effort to score lower. There is nothing more I want for them than to have fun and enjoy themselves.
But, I was more interested in the responses of people that have excuses or encounter problems with golf fitness.
Too Much Work Figuring Out What To Do
A few golfers knew that doing some golf fitness exercises would help them, but it was too much of a hassle to figure out what exercises and how many to do and this held them back from doing any golf exercises.
I feel for these golfers; it’s hard to pick and choose the right exercises.
I’d like to say doing any exercise is better than doing nothing, but that isn’t always true either. Some exercises do require a certain level of fitness and technique, where poor form can lead to injury.
Having golfers tell me this made me happy that I’m working on my Golf Conditioning Center (see below) as I focus on helping these golfers in the Center.
With a little bit of background information and some guidance, choosing golf conditioning exercises should not be a problem.
Can’t Do the Exercises, So I Quit
I was surprised that golfers told me some exercises were too difficult for them. Not sure I’d admit that to a stranger.
At least four people said more or less that they tried to do some of the exercises but they were too hard to do, and they looked like fools doing them, so they stopped.
It’s a shame that golfers took the initiative to start doing golf fitness exercises but quit because they didn’t have the support or coaching to help them out when they needed it.
But I know how they feel. When I make my videos the word dork comes to mind quite often. In fact, this held me back for a long time as it’s hard to put yourself out there whether in a gym full of people or to make videos for the internet.
Here is where having a professional trainer available to ask questions or having a video that explains the exercise in detail is important.
It could be that the golfer isn’t ready for the exercise and only needs a coach to advise them on how to regress the exercise so they can build the ability to do the exercise at a later time.
Having access to a trainer or coach is essential for any golfer looking to improve their golf fitness level. Don’t give up on golf fitness because of a couple of roadblocks, find the help you need to succeed.
Where Do You Get Your Golf Fitness Exercises?
No real surprise here. Most people get their exercises from the internet, specifically from FaceBook feeds, or in golf magazines.
I’ve mentioned this isn’t a very good idea in several articles. After all, how do you know you’re ready to do that exercise? Will it help your particular problem? Is there a simpler exercise that should be done first? Plus numerous other reasons why random internet exercises can do as much harm as good.
A few people get their exercises from old school golf fitness books. Again, none of these books address your individual issues or limitations. So care must be taken.
Here is a recent article I wrote to help you start a golf fitness program .
Where Can Golfers Go To Get Help With Golf Fitness
Developing a good golf fitness program is quite an undertaking for the average golfer. Most golfers go to the internet to solve their problems.
But it’s like visiting WebMD when you have an ailment, after a little research you could either have a rash or stage four cancer. You’re never sure until you visit a doctor.
But few of us can afford to visit a fitness professional to improve our golf game. Insurance doesn’t cover it, I know, I tried.
Just kidding about the insurance. But it would be beneficial to talk to a golf fitness professional if you’re thinking about starting a golf fitness program. At least have them get you on the right track, to begin with.
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