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.”
Troon, the golf course management company based in Scottsdale, has partnered with Dallas-based AMPD Golf Performance to provide the best in golf swing development, golf fitness, and conditioning to members and customers of Troon-managed golf facilities. The process begins with an in-depth EDGE-Assess™ to identify where stress is currently placed upon each joint in the body. Golfers then complete a series of performance tests that reveal key performance indicators. The information is used to design a roadmap that each golfer can use to “unleash their swing.” Damon Goddard, a partner at AMPD Golf Performance and one of Golf Digest’s 2017-2018 50 Best Golf-Fitness Professionals, and Tim Mahoney, director of education for Troon, will be conducting multi-day Movement Matters golf events at select Troon-managed facilities.
For the past six years, Nicole Cavarra has spent the winter months blending golf lessons with fitness training at The Boulders. She offers private and customized programs, as well as a four-hour package that includes both a golf swing analysis and an overall body analysis. She also provides online coaching. “I focus a lot on functional motion and sequence of motion training,” she said. “A lot of times what people do for a living creates a muscle imbalance. We analyze what that is and then do the opposite of that while training.” Cavarra teaches her clients how to practice better and shows them how to improve the body’s ability to perform while playing golf. “They mentally know how to do things, but their body won’t always let them,” she said.
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.”