CAN CROSSFIT IMPROVE YOUR GOLF GAME?
One is indoors and can be loud and obnoxious. The other is calm, quiet and serene in the elements of nature. One is the game of gentlemen. The other is the sport of "bros". From the outside looking in, this can seem to be the case to many people. But there are many parallels between the two sports, and the fact is, CrossFit could improve your golf game.
Your stance and stability are key elements before you even think about swinging a club. When you are setting up a shot, either a drive or a putt, you must address the ball properly. Proper foot position is no different in CrossFit and Olympic lifting. Just like a golf swing, proper weight distribution throughout the foot, a huge focus when working with a good coach, is a key element to producing greater lifts and preventing injuries.
Posture and Injury Prevention
In order to properly launch that little white ball through the air, posture and a strong core are key elements to generating power. All that twisting an turning can wreak havoc on your core muscles! A properly trained core will help build the muscles to help you move faster with more stability through the middle.
While a round of golf may not have the physical high-intensity of a CrossFit workout, the endurance needed to get through 18 holes of golf without getting tired can't be denied. Think about how you feel at the start of round until that last tee shot on 18. Feel the same?
Grip and Forearms
Much like endurance, grip strength can improve immensely with CrossFit. Greater grip strength in golf is required considering the amount of force transferred through your hands and wrists. Improved strength will not only give you better speed and club head control on the fairways, but consider it an added bonus when hitting out of rough lies and sand, also preventing injury.
Think about all of the movement that is required in a round of golf. Standing repeatedly from a seated position (if you use a cart), walking, rotation, bending, squatting and reaching to the ground. Every movement requires multiple muscle groups to all work in synchronization to produce power with accurate results and prevent injury.
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In both golf and CrossFit, consistency is key!
For those of us in the midwest who can't hit the course year round, let Climate CrossFit help you maintain, and increase, your strength and mobility especially during the winter months! We have no doubt that through proper coaching and scheduled training , you will be creating strength and muscle memory that can be transferred to the golf course!