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I’ve played (and currently play) with a group of low handicap golfers.A few have even won our yearly city tourney as well.The question came up about getting fit and advantages in their golf games.Most replied they have no need for it and credit good technique with their low handicap success.Granted we are just amateurs playing the same local clubs daily.Is getting fit really a necessity for our games? 

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In short yes.

You don’t tell us the age of these golfers, but as you get older the body starts to wear out and you have aches and pains. You can delay this by getting fitter. Younger players are more flexible,generally don’t warm up, and the damage caused by swinging incorrectly will eventually take its toll.

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1 minute ago, cnosil said:

In short yes.

You don’t tell us the age of these golfers, but as you get older the body starts to wear out and you have aches and pains. You can delay this by getting fitter. Younger players are more flexible,generally don’t warm up, and the damage caused by swinging incorrectly will eventually take its toll.
 

Age(s) are mid 30’s - early 70’s.

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getting fit for clubs or getting fit physically ??

 

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I love golf and love going to the gym; However, the gym is basically useless —or others —unless We develop a more proper swing technique. Proper technique in golf will trump getting in shape every time in our games 

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Couldn't agree more OG !! 

get outta the cart and walk and see how you feel after 18 holes....even with a pushcart.... if you're tired and sore and have a hard time swinging on the last few holes that might answer your question.

Golf is a game that is meant for walking... 

...and if you want to hit the ball further you need to be stronger and flexible in the right places; don't necessarily need to bulk up with large muscles but strong flexible ones will always help.

aerobic + anaerobic exercise = lower scores.... I can assure you of that.

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All types of bodies have been successful on tour and in amateur ranks. Being in shape doesn’t have any downsides to golf or life. It’s not a requirement to be in shape to be good or great at golf.

on the club side getting fit is another stead that has no downsides. Optimizing the ball flight characteristics for your swing by being in clubs that let you swing the most efficient way possible without having to manipulate anything is better than playing clubs that don’t allow you to play your best

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Couldn't agree more OG !! 
get outta the cart and walk and see how you feel after 18 holes....even with a pushcart.... if you're tired and sore and have a hard time swinging on the last few holes that might answer your question.
Golf is a game that is meant for walking... 
...and if you want to hit the ball further you need to be stronger and flexible in the right places; don't necessarily need to bulk up with large muscles but strong flexible ones will always help.
aerobic + anaerobic exercise = lower scores.... I can assure you of that.


Amen brother!

I walk my golf course three times a week and it’s a show nuff workout!


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Being physically fit doesn't hurt your play on the course.

Why would you not want to see what extra gains you can find through being in shape?

 

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32 minutes ago, revkev said:

 

I foolishly agreed with those guys at one point in my life even though my pro back in Wisconsin started by asking what my goals were because if they were to play on the champions tour I needed to hit the gym.

 

Through lessons, proper fitting and the ability to play/practice year round once we moved to Florida, I got myself all the way down from 5 to below a 2. At 55 I was extremely competitive as a senior player in a county of nearly a million people.

 

But age an extra weight, lack of fitness and extra weight caught up with me. I drifted from the mid 160’s in my 20’s and 30’s to the mid 180’s in my 40’s (not bad - just a little paunch like most middle aged guys). Not enough extra weight to impact my swing or my game at that age. But as I moved to my late 50’s stuff started happening, fast - work became stressful, 185 became 195 and inching towards 200, 205, 210. Suddenly I had a heart issue (genetically predisposed to it) and even though that’s controlled through an ablation and medication I was on the verge of diabetes. On the golf course I lost 30 yards and my scores as ended accordingly. Frankly I only played golf for social reasons, the fun wasn’t in the game anymore, it was in spending time with friends. It was in one of those round after failing to carry a pond that I could hit a 5 wood over five years prior that a long time friend asked when the baby was due. That was late January of 2018.

 

When I stepped on the scale at the start of my fitness program on February 4th I weighed 209 buck naked. My goal was to get back to 185. I got there by late April and didn’t stop. I got to my college playing weight 168 for my 62nd birthday in October and weighed 165 on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter so I’m maintaining.

 

Had a physical two weeks ago and my doctor flipped out. She said I’m a totally different person than the last time that she saw me - blood work great, BP 110/68 vs 130/85, sitting heart rate 64 v 85. I told her I was working on moving the needle a tad lower to 162. She said great idea but not too much lower than that. Weighed in this morning at 161.9.

 

Who cares about golf, fitness matters for life - any argument against it is foolish. You owe it to the people whom you love and yourself to stay as fit as possible.

 

But since the question was about golf - I’ve regained 25 yards with driver, a full club plus with irons - my last four rounds I’ve shot 77,70,77 and was 2 under Sunday afternoon when the rains came.

 

One of those rounds was competitive the others casual. I’m being accused of sandbagging i my leagues - I’m not - it just takes a bunch of 9 hoke rounds for the handicap to catch up - I was a 9 (for 18) in one league and a 7 in the other so getting 5 and 4 a side.

 

It absolutely matters but golf is the least of a person’s worries. This from a guy who will be burying a non fit 59 year old on Saturday.

 

 

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Preach it bruther!   Awesome post!!!

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As an amatuer, you don't lift weights to see an advantage today. You lift/work out to be better down the road. As stated by others in this thread, you'll see your distance/power plateau by your late 30s and start to see a decline in your mid 40s. Working out will pay dividends to your future self when you don't see such a rapid decline or a bump in swing-related injuries. There's numerous health benefits from being in the gym, especially those who live in environments where walking isn't feasible. I'd love to use a push cart in the summer but have you been to Houston from May to October? It's brutal. 

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Not going to the gym doesn't mean you will play worse and going to the gym doesn't mean you will play better. The biggest difference is how you feel on the course, afterwards, and every morning when you get out of bed!!! 

If you do have aspirations of playing beyond your typical courses and tourneys, a better physique could be beneficial. There are so many variables at play that could determine whether or not you see improvement in your scores on the golf course, but there's no denying the impact fitness has everywhere else. It's always worth it to get in the gym and make an effort.

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You probably want to ask those guys again what they think you mean by 'working out'. 

I absolutely agree with OG and Rev that improving physical fitness can in no way hurt your game. There are any number of golf targeted workout programs out there that prove working out the right way is a good way to improve in-game performance. True, improving strength, flexibility, range of motion and core strength won't make you a better ball striker. But it will make producing a fluid powerful swing easier.

It all becomes more important as we age (especially the flexibility part) if you intend to maintain swing performance.

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Improving muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio respiratory fitness, flexibility and body composition will without a doubt increase your potential for better golf.

Can you play and enjoy Golf without a regimented fitness plan? Yes but you will also fail to realize your full potential. If you play golf like a game working out may not be important. If you play golf like a sport working out is absolutely important.


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It’s not necessary but you’d be foolish to not take advantage of cardio, flexibility, and core strength that working out gives you.

I do 10 mins of Pilates every morning to help my back stay loose and keep it from hurting. Even something as small as that can have huge dividends when it comes to golf.


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I dont know if I would say its, "neccesary" but it certainly helps.  Being stronger, faster, more flexible and having better endurance is only going to make you a better golfer.

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At 50 and now at 68. Getting fit has made a HUGE difference in everything I do now. It won’t cure a crappy golf game however you will feel and look better trying 🏌️♂️

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Looking great!


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21 hours ago, revkev said:

 

I foolishly agreed with those guys at one point in my life even though my pro back in Wisconsin started by asking what my goals were because if they were to play on the champions tour I needed to hit the gym.

 

Through lessons, proper fitting and the ability to play/practice year round once we moved to Florida, I got myself all the way down from 5 to below a 2. At 55 I was extremely competitive as a senior player in a county of nearly a million people.

 

But age an extra weight, lack of fitness and extra weight caught up with me. I drifted from the mid 160’s in my 20’s and 30’s to the mid 180’s in my 40’s (not bad - just a little paunch like most middle aged guys). Not enough extra weight to impact my swing or my game at that age. But as I moved to my late 50’s stuff started happening, fast - work became stressful, 185 became 195 and inching towards 200, 205, 210. Suddenly I had a heart issue (genetically predisposed to it) and even though that’s controlled through an ablation and medication I was on the verge of diabetes. On the golf course I lost 30 yards and my scores as ended accordingly. Frankly I only played golf for social reasons, the fun wasn’t in the game anymore, it was in spending time with friends. It was in one of those round after failing to carry a pond that I could hit a 5 wood over five years prior that a long time friend asked when the baby was due. That was late January of 2018.

 

When I stepped on the scale at the start of my fitness program on February 4th I weighed 209 buck naked. My goal was to get back to 185. I got there by late April and didn’t stop. I got to my college playing weight 168 for my 62nd birthday in October and weighed 165 on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter so I’m maintaining.

 

Had a physical two weeks ago and my doctor flipped out. She said I’m a totally different person than the last time that she saw me - blood work great, BP 110/68 vs 130/85, sitting heart rate 64 v 85. I told her I was working on moving the needle a tad lower to 162. She said great idea but not too much lower than that. Weighed in this morning at 161.9.

 

Who cares about golf, fitness matters for life - any argument against it is foolish. You owe it to the people whom you love and yourself to stay as fit as possible.

 

But since the question was about golf - I’ve regained 25 yards with driver, a full club plus with irons - my last four rounds I’ve shot 77,70,77 and was 2 under Sunday afternoon when the rains came.

 

One of those rounds was competitive the others casual. I’m being accused of sandbagging i my leagues - I’m not - it just takes a bunch of 9 hoke rounds for the handicap to catch up - I was a 9 (for 18) in one league and a 7 in the other so getting 5 and 4 a side.

 

It absolutely matters but golf is the least of a person’s worries. This from a guy who will be burying a non fit 59 year old on Saturday.

 

 

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Good stuff! I was 187 in January. I'm down to 160 now. I feel a lot better, but I have shoulder problems that don't help with the golf game.

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