Today’s golf coaches and teachers need to know more than just how to find swing flaws and fix them. A complete holistic approach to the game is necessary for the modern serious competitor, which includes staying healthy and performing physically at an optimum level. With this in mind, the USGTF is proud to introduce the Golf Fitness & Nutrition Association.
Golf is a sport. Golfers of all abilities are athletes. Athletes need to maximize their physical body’s readiness for their specific sporting endeavor. Golfers need to train correctly; both on the course and in the gym to maximize their performance levels. There is no doubt that fitness is a huge part of golf today, and it is here to stay. So; as a teacher or a coach; a practical, knowledgeable understanding of how fitness works and should be approached for the player is essential. The utilization of a team approach in player development and performance – the teacher, the trainer, the soft tissue expert, and the mental coach is utilized to provide the player the opportunity for peak performance. Look around the globe at any tour, on any level, and you will see the application and results of this approach.
Golf fitness is no different from any other sport specific training. Golf fitness professionals and certifying agencies of golf fitness did not invent sport specific training. It has been around for years. And in fact they borrowed from the other sports – football, baseball, basketball, track and field, and weightlifting – to name a few; to create the ever advancing field of golf fitness. A thorough knowledge of the specific biomechanics of the sport, the muscles required for the movement pattern(s) within the sport, and the specific components of fitness that should be addressed, are all part of sport specific training. I firmly believe that if you are going to teach something that requires the body to move you need to understand the body and speak the correct terminology and language. I would not be a golf fitness coach if I did not understand the language and terminology of golf instruction. As now as a golf teacher I get to put all my passions together – fitness, anatomy, biomechanics, and golf. – Michael Brantl