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I. Which determines how far you hit it: Strength, Flexibility or Both?

The "facts" of aging are:

1. strength and flexibility decrease with age

2. endurance and stamina decrease with age

3. score increases with age

4. distance decreases with age

5. golfers peak in their early 30s

So in a fitness program, what is the most important: Strength or Flexibility?

C.J. Thompson of the University of Kansas conducted a study in 2001 entitled, "Effect of Muscle Strength and Flexibility on Club-Head Speed in Older Golfer." Almost half of North America's golfers are over 50. Thompson's study focused on this group with an average age of 65 years. All the subjects of the study were given performance measures of muscle strength, range of motion and club head speed testing.

From his study, Thompson concluded the following:

1. 46% of the variance in club head speed can be explained by fitness thus older golfers cannot expect fitness improvement alone to hit it farther.

2. Strength parameters such as chest press, leg press, lat pulldown, shoulder press, bicep curl & seated row all demonstrated a significant relationship with club head speed.

3. Trunk rotation was the only significantly related flexibility parameter to club head speed.

4. Muscle strength may be more important than flexibility to increase club head speed.

If you'd like some more details about this study, send me an email. The study was published in Science and Golf IV. View it here.

It is clear from this study and many others that physical fitness is an important aspect to one playing golf well.

If you are looking to improve your game and feel you need to improve your flexibility and strength specific to golf, I strongly recommend that you visit the "Golf Gym." The fitness guru, , has a great golf fitness program and The most effective golf-specific fitness products you can buy. Click here to go there now. I highly recommend it.


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