In the last interviews I have seen with Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam, the best golfers in the world, each of them talked about the importance of golf fitness contributing to their success. As personal trainers, this is the talk we love to hear. They weren’t just talking about working out in a casual way, as a lot of the golfers on tour mention when they speak of their routines. Each was independently talking about their fitness being an absolutely integral part of their performance, and they emphasized it emphatically.
Tiger’s workout discipline is legendary already, with him spending hours a day on his fitness. He talked in his interview on The Golf Channel about how he has always looked at golf as a sport and trains accordingly, and the benefit of that was apparent when he won the PGA championship in August of 2007. In sweltering heat, looking like, in the words of the interviewer, he “was actually enjoying it,” Tiger stayed strong as a result of 7 mile runs in 100 degree weather on his own that made the tournament conditions very familiar to him while others struggled.
Annika Sorenstam also spoke on The Golf Channel recently about fitness, and I thought it was interesting that she put overall fitness, let alone golf fitness as one of the key components to even enjoying the game. She mentioned that fitness for her is an important part of life and that her teaching academy has fitness as a strong part of its curriculum. She does a tremendous amount of weight lifting for golf and the results show as she ranks as one of the longest drivers of the ball on the women’s tour.