In addition to the high level of skill required to play golf, to be successful you need, among other things, good coordination, flexibility and power! However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for golf, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a player.
You Need to have Good Balance and Co-ordination
We have a poll about the single component of fitness most important for success in golf. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factors which are considered most important by the readers of this site are balance and coordination, flexibility and muscle strength and power. You can add your vote too, and see the latest results.
Flexibility, Power and Strength Are Important
Our first analysis of fitness components for golf, a 1 to 5 rating list of selected components of fitness, found that flexibility was rated the most important, followed by muscle power and strength (see results). We extended this poll with a larger number of components, the results are below.
A golfer needs to be skillful and able to cope well under pressure
In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of golf, and the most important according to them are skill obviously, then the mental game of coping with pressure situations and motivation. In terms of the physical side, and balance and coordination was voted as important. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Golf Players, and see the latest results.
Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)
- Skill and Technique
- Coping with Pressure Situations
- Balance & Coordination
- Motivation & Self Confidence
- Analytic & Tactical Ability
- Strength & Power
- Reaction Time
- Speed / Quickness
- Aerobic Endurance
- Body Size and Composition
Are You an Expert?
I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in Golf, go here to add your opinion.
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