More and more golfers are starting to see the need for a golf fitness instructor. When you look at professionals like Tiger or Phil, it’s easy to see why you want to work on your fitness. The biggest problem is that not many golfers know what to look for when it comes to choosing a fitness instructor. There are a lot of questions you start to ask yourself before you choose one.
Will any fitness instructor do? Do they have to have any knowledge of golf or just know things that might be helpful with golf? What type of instruction am I looking for from the coach? All of these questions are very important but the single most important question to ask yourself is how much knowledge does this coach have about golf?
Having a fitness instructor that knows and is certified to train golfers to be better at golf is very important. They need to understand how the muscle groups work together when you perform your golf swing. Your fitness coach needs to understand what it takes for your body to hit better shots and how to improve that over time.
An easy way to determine how much golf experience they have is to simply ask them. If you can’t talk to the coach before you start lessons then you can look online for certifications or ask that they send you any type of qualifications the coach has that relate to golf. If a trainer is unwilling to provide that information than you already know you don’t want to work with this person. Do your background research first.
Once you find a trainer, you need to break down their routines and see if they work for your golf game or if they even work for golf. One of the biggest red flags is if they have you sitting on a machine to do exercises. This is not a golf work out this is a general fitness program. Your strength training may require a machine of some type but almost all golf specific strength programs require you to use your own body as the machine.
Flexibility is also another key component to watch for when choosing your coach. They need to focus on the areas that are beneficial to you as a golfer. Your core and your legs are two major areas you’ll want to make sure have a good stretch before you start. Make sure that not only are you stretching the right muscles you’ll use for golf but also that you are gaining stability as well.
Make sure to do your research before you hire a golf fitness coach. Many may claim to be golf specific but only end up giving you a general work out that you can do at a gym on your own. Picking the wrong trainer could actually make your game worse if you’re not careful. So take some time to really get to know who you’re going to be working with. A great golf fitness trainer could be the thing you need to get your game to the next level.