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David Donatucci's goal is simple: Educate the PGA of America's 28,000 members about fitness. Founded in 1916, the PGA of America is a nonprofit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. It is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women professional golfers dedicated to promoting and increasing participation in the game of golf. Donatucci has been appointed to serve as the new Director of Fitness and Performance at the PGA Learning Center, located at the PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida "My role is twofold," says Donatucci. "One is to provide physiological education to PGA of America members and apprentices. And the other is to provide a diagnostic and training facility for golfers of all abilities." Donatucci spent the last six months helping to renovate and expand the fitness and performance center adjacent the PGA Learning Center.
The PGA of America leads the golf industry in helping golf professionals maximize their performance in their respective careers, be it teaching, managing golf courses and pro shops, or conducting tournaments. And now, by adding fitness to their package, they are destined to become a leader ingolf-specific fitness education as well.
Donatucci was hired to design an educational program to introduce PGA of America members to the basics of golf fitness, and to provide a tool for the members to help them understand the physical motion of the golf swing. This will educate them on how the body moves and how changes made in the body can help expedite improvements in their students' golf swing. The premise of a golf fitnesseducational program for PGA of America members is to show them how to initially diagnose the physical limitations of their students through a golf fitness evaluation. It then shows them how to create a plan to reduce or eliminate those physical limitations toward optimal swing mechanics.
Donatucci will also work closely with the PGA of America golf schools to help evaluate students' physical abilities and design fitness programs for them.
All the current research demonstrates a correlation between certain movements in the body and how it affects the golf swing," says Downatucci. "We are trying to establish our programs as part of a golf school, so the initial setup would be a physical evaluation of the player through a series of body-weight movements. For example, we may… Read the rest
You can walk into any health club in America and see the same 20 pieces of exercise equipment. But simply working through a cycle of weight machines probably isn't going to help your golf game. There are 32 major muscle groups involved in the golf swing, but not all gym equipment is designed with the golfer in mind.
On the following pages, I'm going to show you how to use the equipment in your local gym and tailor it to a golf-specific workout. If you are starting a program, I suggest going through this training four days a week, for 30 minutes a session. A Monday-Tuesday/Thursday-Friday program is recommended. You don't have to do all these exercises during every workout, but try at least one from each major group: back, legs, abdomen and arms.
The biggest difference between golf fitness training and general fitness training is that after each exercise of 12 to 20 reps, a golfer should complete a stretch that corresponds to the muscle he or she is working. This allows the blood to flow to the muscle and encourages good flexibility and stamina. You want lean, pliable muscles, not bulky ones.
- On the course
Late in the round, when the pressure is on, the last thing a golfer needs is to be hunched over. A strong back and shoulders provide the posture needed in the address position and the all-important ability to repeat your swing.
- In the gym
On the golf course, back problems are as common as bogeys. Nearly every muscle in the back is employed during a swing. There are four things to remember when working on your back: stretch first, squeeze your stomach muscles while you execute the exercise (the ab muscles complement the back), exhale as you perform the rep (not after) and avoid being hunched over.
This is one of the best exercises for golfers. Sit tall and upright. Keep your shoulders back. Now pull the handles toward you as if you were rowing. If the machine you're using allows you to work one arm at a time, do that.
- On the course
Strengthening your arm muscles will increase your clubhead speed, which will lead to increased length off the tee. Stronger arms also help you execute shots around the green and from the rough.
- In the gym
Many arm exercises can be done without the aid of gym equipment,… Read the rest