Golf is defined as “playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules.” The modern game originated in Scotland and can be dated back as far as the 16th century.
Accuracy and consistency has always been the key to the success of a golfer of any level. But the game has changed dramatically in recent years due to several advances in the sport.
Manufacturers constantly compete to produce high quality golf clubs and balls that make it easier for golfers to hit harder and more accurate shots. While the upper body strength and over health and fitness of professional golfers who undertake rigorous workout programs has also help towards producing a younger breed of golfer that can now play longer and more accurate shots in equal measure.
As with all professional sports, the very top golf pros are aware of the role of a good diet and the importance of sports psychology. Many of the top players’ entourage will include personal trainers and sports psychologists to keep the body as well as the mind healthy and positive before, during and after a big tournament.
Of all the big hitters I’ve seen in recent years, it never ceases to amaze me to watch an inform, relaxed and confident Justin Rose coil and unwind his upper body as he hits a power-driving tee shot down the centre of the fairway. The accuracy and the power he gets is amazing. But the way his upper body twists while there is no movement from his hips down is almost cartoon-like.
Justin Rose is a perfect example for amateur golfers to follow. He looks healthy and fit, and the power he creates comes from the suppleness and action of his body as much as the swing itself. New titanium head drivers allow even amateur golfers to hit longer drives. But length is only as good as accuracy. A good tip for any aspiring amateur golfer who wants to improve their handicap is to consider their suppleness and strength as much as simply attempting to hit the ball harder through the speed of the swing.