How far do you dream of driving the golf ball? According to GolfDigest magazine, May, 2015 “the average drive of 30-year-old dude (in this case, a self-selecting group that’s avid and curious enough to buy such a system) travels 232 yards.” Really? 232 yards is nearly twice the distance of a football field because a football field is 100 yards, so this is over twice that distance. That is really far! But it is only far if you are Tom Brady and you are throwing a deflated football.
But listen up: Women are different drivers than men of that little white golf ball. According to the same article in GolfDigest entitled “Fighting Shape,” Stacy Lewis, who is 5 feet 5 and 42nd in the LPGA Tour’s distance ranking, hits it 252 yards. The longest woman, 5 feet 6 Yani Tseng, is popping it out there 278.” Whoa! On the golf course, women seem to drive far, although it is fair to say the speed of the golf ball seems to hoover around the same speed of a man which is around 94 miles per hour. Of course, the article goes on to state: “maybe because the female anatomy isn’t designed to house as much bulk, LPGA Tour players have become the experts at squeezing every last yard a body can produce. From how she swings to how she trains, there is a lot for male mortals to copy.”
There is a lot of potential to a golf swing. In another article today on Yahoo, I read that Tiger Woods explains his high scores with the idea that he changed his golf swing recently. There is so much to the way in which one holds the club regardless of sex. Men hold it this way and women may hold it in a different way. The article states, “Guys get so connected. Male pros generate power by rotating the torso; females sort of halt the body at impact and let the arms extend forward.” Who ever thought there was so much to a golf swing. The scenery on the golf course may be the reason some people enjoy the game of golf.
Really, many people take golf seriously beyond the scenery. For example, this statement that caught my interest in GolfDigest article encouraging women golfers to be athletes: “You heard it here first: Bubba Watson swings like a girl.” Hello! It is amazing that one would even think of comparing a male professional golfer to a girl, especially a golfer who wears the green jacket that he won fair and square at the Master’s Tournament!
Well this article is wonderful because it teaches us lady golfers that exercises that strengthen the core help improve the golf swing. For health and fitness, it may behoove a golfer to read this May, 2015 issue of GolfDigest and read the article by Max Adler. He writes things that inspire women golfers: “Women have the great ability to create torque because they can turn better than men, and that’s why you see a lot of long swings on the LPGA tour. If a woman can get a really strong lower body, she can develop speed just as quick as a man.”
One can learn different training exercises for fitness on the golf course like strength and conditioning the body is good for the golf swing. Truly, strengthening the core helps with one’s balance. Growing stronger through training exercises may lower one’s golf handicap. It is worth a try, so good health and fitness that one obtains by doing exercise at the local gym may improve the golf swing. It seems the newest trend in sports is simply calling golf an athletic sport. Yes, golfers are athletes!
Here are some exercises to follow to also help with your golf fitness training, just click here. So be like an athlete for your golf game and get in the swing of it!