After spending the past 10 years in professional basketball as a strength and conditioning coach and performance director, Keke Lyles says there are two ways golfers can hit the ball farther. The first way is via the player’s technique. A golfer must learn the proper mechanics and skills to hit the golf ball a long way. The second way to hit the ball further, is via performance training in the weight room. A golfer must be able to improve his or her basic level of strength and power output to hit bombs.
Golf is a sport that has been slow to adapt to the normal training regimes that you typically see in sports like football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. Better late than never, golf training is now one of the hottest topics in sports. The physical body types of the players seen on the PGA tour and in the World Long Drive Championships look like they would fit right into an NFL locker room. Gone are the days of out of shape and overweight Tour golfers. All of the top PGA players have a team of practitioners, from fitness coaches, physical therapists, nutritionists, and of course golf coaches to refine their bodies as well as their craft. This type of care in professional golf is no different from the level of care seen for decades in other professional sports leagues, such as the NBA.
Golf Performance Centers cropping up in the leading country clubs and resorts around the nation makes this elite level of care accessible to the everyday golfer. These performance centers capitalize on sport technology such as slow-motion capturing, force plates, data tracking—applying it to the sport of golf. Individual, in-depth assessments of both skill and fitness by performance professionals allow a player to discover limitations that may be roadblocks to reaching his or her full potential.
Research and statistics clearly reveal that performance and fitness have a profound impact on success in the world of golf. With this new knowledge of improving a golfer’s game from a previously untapped angle, country clubs and resorts have the unique ability to provide a massive resource to the everyday golfer as golf performance centers become the gold standard across the nation.
Keke Lyles is recognized as a leader in human performance. With experience with professional athletes and Navy Special Warfare operators.