The Difference between Golf Lessons and Fitness

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This year I have decided to get much more serious about my golf preparation for the upcoming season. And yes, this meant hiring a coach.

I have been really happy with the last month of progress. The feel off of the ball has been incredible with pretty much every club. Now, we just need the damn snow to melt and see what it looks like on the course.

When it comes to improving your game you need both lessons and fitness. They work hand in hand.

One thing that we starting with was my foot position. I was rolling over (pronating) on my back foot. Getting a more stable back foot position has helped me hit the ball consistently better.

But if I didn’t have the hip or upper back mobility to get into this position, it would not have been a good technique fix for me. I assume most golfers want to get into that position but I cannot assume most have the movement capacity for it.

What is a golf pro to do at this point?

The same things happen on the fitness side. I can get a golfer really strong and they will hit the ball further. If their swing sucks in the first place, it’s just going to to further into the woods. There’s not a whole lot I can do if the swing is not goo enough.

What is a fitness pro to do at this point?

The key is the relationship between the two.

What Golf Lessons Can Do

Golf lessons are the best way to get your swing, short game, and strategy under control.

Benefits of golf lessons are as follows:

  • Better swing technique
  • Better contact with the ball
  • Short game improvements
  • Better course management
  • Improve decision making with shots

If it has to do with the actual game of golf specifically, leave it to a golf pro. They are much smarter than anyone they are giving lessons to.

What a Fitness Pro Can Do 

The fitness side of golf is helpful for improving strength and mobility. The benefits are much more indirect but sometimes the most impactful.

Benefits of golf fitness:

  • Improved strength to hit the ball solid
  • More mobility to get into better swing positions
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • The potential to play more rounds, for more years with resiliency

The biggest thing that I have noticed for the mid-high handicapper is that fitness allows the golf pro to do the best job that they can.

A golfer that is strong and mobile is almost like a blank canvas for a pro. Instead of teaching around limitations they can develop the best swing for that golfer.

The benefits for a low handicapper are much more longevity and 1% based. Keeping up the performance for a longer time or more rounds is important. And for these golfers, 5 yards can matter.

A strong golfer is also helpful for a pro. This golfer is usually not going to struggle with distance. They now can focus on a more efficient swing and better contact, the things that they should be doing.

I can’t imagine its a lot of fun to teach the person that swings out of their shoes because they lack distance.

As different as the professions are they can exist in harmony. The results will be amazing for the golfer that gets the best of both worlds. You need to figure out whatever strategy you need to get both. There is a lot of potential for online or small group options. Private lessons and training can get costly. Other options are more affordable and have to be explored.

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