There are 6 main fitness components for golf to play your best. These are all equally important and should not be ignored in a training program specific to golf.
The golf swing requires, no demands a high level of golf specific strength, flexibility, stability, balance, coordination and muscular endurance. If any of these qualities are lacking, your golf swing will be inefficient and nearly impossible to repeat.
Golfers are always seeking the "magic bullet" for a better game. This is it! Working on the machine, not buying more equipment or trying to make a swing work with an ineffective body.
The golf swings is very athletic. Every major muscle in the body is used in a specific sequence of motion to enable you to hit the ball solidly and with power. The out of shape golfer might hit a solid shot or two during a round of golf, but that is by pure luck and not physical skill.
When a golfer hits that shot, it gives them the false hope that they can do it more frequently if they only go and hit more balls and take more lessons. This is the farthest thing from the truth.
Without the above fitness components, your swing will NEVER be consistent, nor will it ever have power and distance. This is harsh words, but they are also truthful words.
Golf is athletic! Athletes work on their bodies to reach their true potential. Why wouldn't you? Treat yourself like a golf athlete and start focusing on the physical aspect of the game and not the technical. The technical will fall right into place with your newfound fitness for golf abilities.
It takes strength to maintain golf posture and to rotate your upper body powerfully into the ball. A lower level of golf specific strength will result in difficulty with posture, and downswing power.
Flexibility is a must to achieve a full backswing with no muscular tension. Lack of flexibility creates tension in your golf swing, robbing you of clubhead speed and distance.
You need to be stable in your golf swing to perform optimal swing mechanics. Also, your consistency for 18 holes depends on a stable golf swing.
Have you ever fallen out of balance during a swing? Everyone has...but why then do golfers ignore balance training for a better swing. Improved balance creates a consistent and very powerful swing for 18 holes.
The golf swing requires a particular sequence of motion, which is indirectly coordination. If you can't figure out this sequence and repeat it, forget it. You'll struggle to improve indefinitely.
Having endurance helps you maintain optimal swing mechanics and power for 5 hours of golf. Endurance also affects your concentration. When you're tired, it's easy to lose focus. When you're fit, you stay focused for 18 holes with ease.
Implementing a fitness for golf program with the above components will get you REAL results...and fast!