Keeping in shape for major tournaments can be a challenge for golfers, both for prevention of injury and maintenance of stamina and form. While golfing itself may not be the most intensive physical activity, the demanding pace of tournament season requires that athletes be peak physical condition. The off-season is a critical time for professional golfers to redouble their efforts and stay in good form, building strength and flexibility for the grueling tournament season ahead.
Techniques and Tools for Effective Training
Professional golfers such as World Golf pro Phil Mickelson prefer to start their rigorous training for golf tournaments in early December each year. Preferring daily cardio and stretching regimens to extreme muscle-building workouts, golfers are able to maintain proper swing technique and stamina for walking the courses for dozens of golf tournaments annually. Professional golfer Jay Haas supplements his training with targeted physical therapies, such as massage and modalities electronic therapy, that promote healing in troublesome muscle groups in his shoulders and back. However, walking and stretching are not enough for tournament champions to maintain their overall health. Professional golfer Tom Kite follows his round of golf with forty five minutes of riding a stationary bike during training period. Older professional golfers rely on other cardio options, such as elliptical machines, to prepare them for each 18-hole tournament without putting additional strain on their joints. A key favorite exercise for many professional golfers is kettle bell swinging to build core and lower body strength.
Maintaining a Balanced, Healthy Diet
Although exercise is a key component to maintaining form and flexibility during the off-season, maintaining proper nutrition is also an important consideration for professional golfers. Bernhard Langer maintains that one of his key strategies for staying fit for tournaments is his meticulous adherence to a healthy diet. By eating a plant-heavy diet and avoiding red meat, Langer is able to maintain a healthy weight without losing the energy necessary for a strenuous golf tournament. He encourages golfers to avoid long periods without snacking and to focus on fruit and protein as central ingredients when eating between meals. Since each …