Developing Athletes - Not Just Golfers

May 20, 2016

 

 

There has been an undeniable focus on golf fitness the last few years. Started by Tiger Woods, new golfers to the PGA are more athletic than ever. The foundation of any athlete revolves around their athletic ABC’s (agility, balance, coordination, and speed).  In order to find success on the golf course, a powerful golf swing is almost as important as a precise one. Golf Canada has adapted the Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) approach to maximize a golfer’s potential. One of the key aspects of LTPD encourages golfers to live an active lifestyle outside of golf.

Because golf is a sport with a singular motion, a golf-only regimen may not be the best way to develop a golfer’s athletic ABC’s. As a matter of fact, recent research and developments in golf training have athletes participate in games and other sports to exercise and execute different motions. Furthermore, we do not necessarily encourage golf 12 months of the year. Not only does participating in other sports help develop athletic ABC’s that may not be fully activated through the golf swing, it lends a different perspective that may help creativity and problem solving on the golf course.

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