Bobby Jones said "Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course...the space between your ears". Many argue the mental side of the game is equally, if not more, important than the physical part of the game. If you are keen to strengthen the mental side of your golf game here are five golf books that may help:
- Your 15th Club by Dr Bob Rotella
- Golf is a Game of Confidence by Dr Bob Rotella
- Silent Mind Golf by Robin Sieger
- Golf is not a Game of Perfect by Dr Bob Rotella
- Zen Golf: Mastering The Mental Game by Joseph Parent
Looking for the leading golf fitness books? Here is a list of five golf fitness books, four on physical fitness and one on mental fitness (Your 15th Club by Dr Bob Rotella).
- Core Performance Golf by Mark Varstegen, forward by Tom Lehman
- Golf Anatomy by Craig Davies
- Golf Fitness Training, Core to Score by Christian Henning
- Golf Rx: A 15 Minute a Day Core Program for More Yards and Less Pain by Vijay Vad and Dave Allen
- Your 15th Club by Dr Bob Rotella
Whether buying these golf fitness books for a present or for yourself the buying is the easy part. For the best chance to increase your fitness then there is no substitute to hard work and application. These golf fitness books include methods to assess your current golf fitness, monitor your development as well as a range of exercises you can follow to improve your golf fitness. Many of the exercises can be done at home. One book here is on the mental fitness that you need to be a great golfer - Your 15th Club by Dr Bob Rotella who has coached many leading professionals including Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke.
Further list of golf fitness books available at link
Hope you enjoy!
Looking to improve your golf fitness this winter? First step could be to assess your current fitness level. Here are three golf fitness assessments to find out where you are? Link
How flexible and agile are you? Do you have limitations in your upper or lower body that impact your swing and your ability to play better golf? Here is an excellent video that gives a great insight in to the physical assessment screening done at the Titliest Performance Institute. Here you can see Andy from MeandMyGolf go through the assessment with co-founder of the Titliest Performance Institute Dave Phillips. Three part series that can enable to do an effective physical self-assessment screening.
Broken in to three parts, the first part shows the simple assessment techniques which are used. This can enable you to do an effective physical self-assessment screening in your own home. Part one also defines expected flexibility in both the upper and lower body. The second part shows Andy on the range and the impact on his swing of his flexibility. Part 3 then shows some very good exercises that can be used to improve flexibility.
This is a down-to-earth practical approach that is both simple and easy to understand. Parts 1 and 2 are excellent if you want to assess your physical limitations and learn some exercises to improve flexibility.
MeandMyGolf at the Titliest Performance Institute, Part 1
MeandMyGolf at the Titliest Performance Institute, Part 2
MeandMyGolf at the Titliest Performance Institute, Part 3
Titliest Performance Institute where you can find your nearest TPI qualified instructor
Dave Phillips MyTPI Twitter Account
Want to get in great shape for the 2015? To give yourself the best chance of success on the course, fitness is key. With the turn of the new year it can be the ideal time to look at your golf fitness and see what can be improved! No pain, no gain! Here you can see how 7 of the worlds top 10 golfers approach fitness to secure a world class performance:
- Rory McIlroy (World Ranking 1) shows some of his exercise routine - Link
- Henrik Stenson (Ranking 2) gives you an insight in to one of his gym session - Link
- Adam Scott (Ranking 3) at the Titliest Performance Institute with his coach - Link
- Bubba Watson (Ranking 4) talks through his views on golf fitness - Link
- Justin Rose (Ranking 6) reveals the importance of fitness and gym sessions (video and interview) - Link
- Jim Furyk (Ranking 7) gives a rare insight to his pre-round warm up - Link
- Ricky Fowler (Ranking 10) pre-round golf fitness warm up - Link
Get further insight in to the warm up and fitness regimes of leading professionals at Link
Best wishes for 2015 from GoGolfFitness.com!!
Has the Christmas eating and drinking added a bit more weight that you would like? To shift the fat, get fit and play better golf it could be worth trying to follow Sportskool videos where Mark Verstegen, fitness coach and author of Core Performance Golf, takes golf professional Chez Reavie through the paces. Get an insight to the Core Performance Golf program.
If you are making a Golf Fitness New Years Resolution to get in better shape and improve your scores on the golf course this could be for you:
Series of 3 videos - Link 1 of 3, Link 2 of 3, Link 3 of 3.
Order and read the book -
I recently bought a kettlebell that turns out to be an effective and inexpensive tool to improve golf fitness. Simple and easy to handle a kettlebell can be used for a variety of stretching and strength training exercises to improve your fitness. Here are the top instruction videos I have used for inspiration:
- Kettlebell rotary training for your golf swing: link
- Kettlebell full body workout: link
- 7 Key Kettlebell Exercises: link
Here we outline a budget home gym that can be put together with ease and at low cost. No need to make long commitments and have to drive to the gym to improve your golf fitness. Keep the cost low. Here we outline an option for equipment that will total cost just over $100.
Before we do that, please have a look at this unusual warm up routine done by Carly Booth, professional on the Womens European Tour...Link
Now, back to the budget home gym....including some equipment that is ideal to pack in your suitcase whenever you travel:
- Resistance Bands: ideal for many stretching and strength fitness exercises and used in many of the golf training exercises by both professionals and amateurs
- Stability Ball: used in a number of balance and flexibility exercises. See how Adam Scott uses the Stability Ball with a dumbbell in this exercise at 2min 25secs to improve his rotation and strength (Link).
- Dumbell Set: can be used for both strength training and exercises to increase flexibility.
- Exercise Mat: roll up mat that helps in balance and strength training.
GolfGym also offer home gym products (Link) as does JoeyD, trainer to Ricky Fowler and other pros (Link)
How do you measure success when you focus on golf fitness and health? How will you know the contribution that focusing on golf fitness and health will make to your game? Here are six measures that could be used as key indicators, 3 physical and 3 golf measures:
Golf Fitness Physical Self Indicators: a) Weight; b) Body fat percentage; c) Body Mass Index (BMI) which measures your weight in relation to your height and tells you if you are underweight, normal, overweight or obese.
Golf Fitness Golf Measures: a) Handicap; b) Distance and c ) Accuracy (e.g. number of greens hit in regulation).
At the start of August 2014, before any focus on golf fitness, here were my starting points:
- Weight = 202lbs (92kgs)
- Body fat percentage = 33%
- BMI = 25.9 (classified as overweight)
- Handicap: I will measure my relative improvement to my handicap at the start of August 2014. We will call this index 100. My handicap has been roughly the same for the last 5 years.
- Distance: here are the current distances for some of my clubs: PW = 115yds (105 meters), 6 iron = 164yds (150 meters), 4 iron=200yds (181 meters), 5 wood = 210yds (192 meters), Driver=250yds (230 meters)
- Accuracy: I will start to keep account of number of greens in regulation from now going forward.
I will monitor these 6 indicators over the coming months to see the impact that focusing on golf health and fitness has on my game and physical self.
If you have any alternative measures that you think should be used please comment below so we can share the best ideas with other users.
An integral part of golf fitness is food and nutrition: we are what we eat! Studies estimate that your burn approximately 1500 calories during a 4 hour round of 18 holes, walking and carrying your clubs. If you take a golf buggy the calorie burn rate is approximately half, around 800 calories.
If, like me, after 4 hours on the course you feel like to some food such as a burger and fries washed down with a beer then you have just taken in as many calories as you burned (cheeseburger, medium fries with ketchup equals around 1250 calories and a pint of beer is around 200 calories). Add to that anything eaten out on the course and you leave the course after 4 hours ‘exercise’ having taken on more calories than you burned!
To improve golf fitness there is a need to address diet. I am not a believer in strict diets. You could line every golf course in Scotland from the first tee to the 18th green with all the diet books that have been published. I’ve seen so many people make a ommitment to a strict diet, go in with great intentions and after a few days or weeks the enthusiasm waivers, they to go back to their old habits and pile on the weight to increase levels. I am looking for small adjustments to move to a healthier diet. For me, it is more about changing habits, as outlined in the New York Times Bestseller ‘The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business’ by Charles Duhigg. In his book, Duhigg outlines some key tips on how to change habits.
On diet he cites a study done in 2009 by the National Institute of Health in which they took an alternative approach. They asked 1600 obese people to write down what they ate at least one day a week. The participants were not asked to change their diet or start any new fitness regime. Over time, the participants made their entries. By looking at their journals, participants would recognise their own diet and habits. Then they started to change their habits. As an example, some would snack at a certain time each day on unhealthy treats. Recognising this, they would make sure they had fruit to hand to meet the eating urge. Others decided to plan their meals differently, substituting their regular unhealthy meals with planned healthier choices. By asking them to write their food diary (remember, just one day a week or more) changed their entire eating habits. The result? After 6 months people who kept the food journal lost double the weight as other who didn’t. I believe small adjustments can have a big impact.
After a bit of research on golf nutrition this week I will try the following going forward:
- Adjust diet. Be more aware of what is healthy nutritional food and aim to cut out unhealthy food options for some days during the week. This short video clip from the Golf Fitness Academy gives some good insight. See from 6mins 40secs to 10mins 40secs. Link
- Quantity: reduce the quantity eaten. In the daily rush of everything, tasting the food is sometimes secondary to shovelling the ‘fuel’ down my throat. It takes approximately 20 minutes for food to hit your stomach and for your brain to register the food intake. By this time my plate is normally cleared and in the dishwasher.
- Food journal: one day a week or more to write what I eat. Surely the national Institute of Health study from 2009 is worth to try. If you want to do similar there is a free online service for this at My Fitness Pal where you can electronically write up your food journal and it will even calculate your calorie intake (Link).
Apart from researching the above this week, I have started to do golf fitness exercises every second day for 15-20 minutes. I have have tried some of these basic exercises covering flexibility, balance and strength. I can see and feel I am far away from where those focusing on fitness are! This is going to take some time to get to the level of the guys in these videos after having spent most of my time this week wobbling, falling over and finding muscles that I didn’t know existed. Here are 2 videos I found most useful (I could only do bits of them!):
- Adam Scott at the Golf Fitness Academy: Link
- Fitness Blender Strength, Balance & Flexibility Exercises for Golfers (tough but worth starting on): Link