Golf Fitness Classes
Every golfer wants to hit the ball farther. Feeling a little less post-round soreness would be nice, too. But they’re going to have to increase their flexibility and strength before either of those goals can be realized. Sign up for one of the following classes to get you, and your golf game, in better shape!
Despite the name, this is not specifically a yoga class. “This is a golf performance class based in golf biomechanics,” said founder Katherine Roberts, who started the program in 1990 and now has certified instructors in 40 countries. “We work on improving mobility and stability to generate balance, power and endurance, with an emphasis on increasing focus and proper breathing.” She leads group classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons October through April at Troon North Golf Club. She also offers online coaching for clients around the world. “People want to play pain free,” said Roberts, who appears weekly on the Hank Haney Show on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. “That goal can be achieved rather quickly, but adherence over duration is the key.”
Corefit Fore Golf: This program includes the functional integration of core muscles incorporating balance, flexibility, dynamic stretching and body awareness. Using the fitness ball, free weights and flexibility techniques, participants increase muscle strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. Designed especially for golfers, its benefits include stronger drives with less exertion, better posture with less body strain, and decreased risk of back injuries and muscle pulls. The class is held two mornings per week (to accommodate golf tee times) and the schedule varies by the season.
Move better, play better. That principle guides Andrew Hannon, leader of the golf performance class for the past four years at Premier Fitness Systems in north Scottsdale. “Everyone swings the golf club differently, and everyone moves differently, so we cater to each person’s needs and body type,” he said. “I always recommend that newcomers undergo a free consultation with me first to make sure their body is ready for the class,” said Hannon. “We re-teach people how to move and establish a physical foundation. Improving strength and endurance is important, but we don’t want to skip any steps before they can move properly. We’re just trying to keep people injury-free and out on the course.”