Common golfer myths

A quick Q & A addressing some of the common golfers myths as they relate to fitness, training, pain, etc.

 

Strength training

Myth

I should not do strength (resistance) training as increasing muscle build will force me to change my swings.

The reality

Resistance training for golfers focuses primarily on core muscles to help with postural stability. 

The added benefits

Resistance training is very effective means to lower the risk of injury.

Cardio training

The myth

Golfers don't need to focus on cardio training

The reality

The golf swing is a ballistic motion that primarily use anaerobic system to generate power the muscle. Anaerobic system leads to lactic acid build-up over time.

The added benefits

Basic cardio training can offer protection against cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure and resting heart rate.

Warm-ups Golfers and mobility

The myth

I just need to do a quick couple of stretches in the parking lot prior to the game.

The reality

Static stretchings has actually been proven to lessen the performance of muscle prior to activity.

Playing injured

The myth
"Playing hurt" is just a reality for a lot of us golfers, especially as we age.

The reality

Studies have indeed shown that a majority of golfers will experience lower back pain (LBP), for women over 40 and men over 50. 

However, playing with LBP can bring about more serious health issues for golfers on and off the golf course. Pain often results in (un)conscious compensations that can have serious implications for golfers on and off the golf course

The added benefits