Fitness for Golf

There are certain fitness requirements that enable a golfer to perform to their maximal ability. For example, the success of Tiger Woods and previously Greg Norman has been partially attributed to their superior physical fitness. There is enough evidence to suggest that fitness testing of golfers is warranted. What areas should you test? Check out Fitness Components for Golf to see what physical attributes are important for success in golf.

Fitness Tests for Golf

Fitness plays a small but important part in the success of a golfer. There are several components of fitness that are important for success. Flexibility and power are very important, though a good level of health as indicated by adequate aerobic fitness would also be advantageous. Further information and discussions on the components of fitness relevant to the sport of golf can be found here.

Fitness Component Example tests Comments
Aerobic Fitness Due to the starting fitness level of most golfers, a submaximal test of aerobic fitness would be suitable, such as a cycle test (Astrand test, Trilevel, PWC170), or the Cooper 12 minute run. You can find information on many aerobic tests from here. This is an important component of fitness for golf, so that players can reduce the effect of fatigue during tournament play. 
Flexibility The sit and reach test can be done for lower back and hamstring flexibility. Other flexibility tests should also be modified for the sport. The flexibility tests should be specific to the actions of golf.
Strength and Power Maximal strength tests for specific exercises should be conducted. A handgrip strength test is also suitable. Strength (and power tests) should also be done to determine initial levels and to monitor strength changes in conjunction with training programs.
Body Fat Skinfold measures should be performed to determine body fat levels. Excess body fat would affect the golfer's ability to move freely in the swinging action, and also increase fatigue when walking the course. See more about anthropometry & golf.


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