Golf Fitness – Strength Or Flexibility? Which is More Important?
When I was in my late teens and early 20s, I won a local long drive contest three years in a row. At that time, I never weighed more than 165 pounds (I am 6 feet tall), and the most I could ever bench press was 200 pounds. When I graduated high school I weighed 155 pounds, and could consistently drive the golf ball 270-280 yards. As this was 25 years ago, we were using drivers made of persimmon and the shafts were steel, and the average PGA tour pro would drive it about 260 yards. The main reason why I could hit the golf ball further than most people was because I have a golf swing that has a wide arc due to a good shoulder and hip turn.
Do you remember watching Tiger Woods in his amateur playing days and when he first came out on tour? In 1996, when he joined the tour, he weighed 158 pounds, standing at 6’2. Remember watching him hit driver, wedge into the 500 yard, par 5 15th hole at Augusta in 1997 when he won his first Masters? Tiger was not the super strong athlete we see today. In fact, although he has added 25-30 pounds of muscle, he really does not hit the ball much further now than he did then.
By improving your flexibility, you will be able to develop a more natural and fluid golf swing that will be a bit easier on the body over time. Then you can focus on improving your strength to enhance performance even further! With that in mind, flexibility first, strength second! To know more about such types of amazing tips, please visit www.igotthebug.com.
Remember Sam Snead? Into his later years, he reportedly could still kick the top of a doorway with one foot still on the floor. It is no wonder that he remained very competitive on the PGA Tour into his 50′s. He set the record for oldest winner on the PGA Tour at the age of 52. In fact here is a story I learned while playing the Virginia State Intercollegiate tournament at The Cascades in Hot Springs. In 1973, Sam Snead’s nephew, J.C. Snead, a long time PGA Tour player, set the course record on the Lower Cascades course with a round of 60. In 1983, ten years later, Sam Snead tied it! He was 71 at the time!