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 »  Home  »  Magazine Departments  »  Instruction  »  Golf Fitness Made Easy
Golf Fitness Made Easy
By Tom Landers | Published  02/19/2005 | Instruction | Unrated
Golf Gym makes Golf Fitness Easy
In too short of a time, half of the country will be covered with snow. Golf clubs will be gathering dust and quite honestly, so will a lot of golfers. It doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

    “A lot of golfers have a problem when the season starts up again in the Spring,” says Ken Pierce, president of GolfGym. “They’re six months older and their golf muscles have most likely been hibernating for the same amount of time. Yet, as soon as the local course opens, they expect to step on the tee and drive their first shot of the year 250 yards right down the middle. It rarely happens that way.”

    Pierce isn’t advocating that golfers who have been shut down by the winter have to go on a strict exercise regimen (although it wouldn’t be the worst way to spend a winter).
    “Golfers should “do something” during the winter if they want to play better in the spring” Pierce expounds. “They would be surprised what doing simple golf specific strengthening and stretching for 10 or 15 minutes two or three times a week would do for them, not only when they start playing golf again, but in general. They’ll be a lot healthier for it.”

    This type of a routine would produce a gradual change in the muscle tone of the body, but Pierce fully realizes that in today’s society quite often “gradual” is tough to swallow.
    “In this day of computers, Blackberry’s and cell phones,” he says, “it seems that everyone wants everything to happen right now. I get that way myself sometimes. I’d like to see golfers give it 30 days this winter. I guarantee if golfers “did something” for a period of just 30 days they’ll have stronger golf muscles when they start playing again in the Spring. That usually means they’ll be playing better as well. It also means that they have created the habit of exercising and stretching and will more than likely continue for the rest of the winter and keep it going during the season as well.”

    Pierce feels that a consistent exercise program using GolfGym PowerSwing Trainer, will produce another positive byproduct for the winterized golfer.
    “Not only is it important to keep your body strong and flexible for that first hole in the Spring,” he says, “but, you get a jump on the new season by keeping mentally “in touch” with the game. If you consistently think about how much your new habit is helping your game, it will.”

    Power Drive (2 arm)

This exercise will increase your torso strength and increase your overall distance.
With the GolfGym in the HIGH position in the door, stand in your back swing, set-up position, both hands on the grip, hands at, or just above shoulder height.  Stand far enough away from the door to have slight resistance on the power cord.  While maintaining your head and feet position, slowly transfer your weight to your front leg while rotating your hips and trunk forward. Your shoulders and arms should move down and forward. End with your wrists firm and your hands slightly past your front foot.  Slowly return to start position and complete 8 to 10 repetitions.

Power Torso Turn
In order to hit the ball solidly, you must be in proper balance and that takes toned muscles from this exercise.
With your feet parallel to the door, grip the GolfGym handle with both hands. Both arms should be outstretched to the right just below shoulder level and there should be slight resistance on the power cord. Keep your arms and wrist firm and slowly rotate your hips, trunk and shoulders away from the door while transferring your weight onto your left leg.  Return slowly to the start position and complete 8 to10 repetitions.  Perform this same exercise in the opposite direction to develop muscle balance.

Standing Rowing  
             Strengthen your forearms with this exercise and you will increase club head speed and add distance to your game.
Stand straight with the GolfGym footpad securely under your right foot and both hands on the grip, palms facing in. Start by pulling the grip straight up towards your chin, leading with your elbows.  Keep your elbows up and pull the grip all the way up to just below your chin.  Return slowly to the start position and complete 8 to 10 repetitions.
Side Bends
    Flexibility gained by this exercise will allow you to make a more powerful turn and hit more solid shots.
Stand straight with the GolfGym footpad securely under your right foot.  Grip the handle with your right hand, palm facing your leg.  With your arm and back straight, lean to your left keeping your neck and head in line with your trunk. Without “pulling” with your arm, bend as far as you can to your left while sliding your left hand down your left leg. This helps to monitor your position.  Again, do not pull with your arm.  Use your side muscles (obliques) to pull you over to the side.  Return slowly to the start position and complete 8 to10 repetitions.  Perform the same exercise on the opposite side.