Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Golovin's Pu$$y
Yes it does. Racing car drivers are one of the fittest athletes around.
And what's this bullshit about not calling golf a sport? Golf is a sport.
Here is a little something I compiled a few years back.
Golf uses at least 4 components of fitness which are needed to make a champion. Firstly, you need aerobic fitness to maintain adequate health levels and to reduce fatigue over long tournaments and busy playing schedules, while strength, power and flexibility are important to adequately perform the golfing stroke.
Strength needs to be developed. The strengthening program for golf should include work for the trunk, as well as for the muscles of the upper and lower body. Because the golf swing is not a simple, linear motion, you should implement an integrated, multijoint strengthening program. Your hips and legs produce most of the force for a powerful golf swing. This momentum must be transferred through a stable trunk to the upper body, which simultaneously delivers and counteracts the forceful striking action of the club. A successful swing, therefore, requires sufficient strength and coordinated actions among the major muscles that make up these different body segments. Of course, strong muscles also are essential for proper posture, which assures consistent swing deliveries and a stable head that maintains uninterrupted eye focus on the golf ball.
Postural balance is an important component of a golf game. Unfortunately, physical activities such as golf, in which one side of the body is used differently than the other side of the body, tend to promote postural imbalances that can impede performance and cause injury. It is important to determine whether the postural imbalance is a normal response to sport mechanics, however, or whether it is due to pathological conditions. A solid golf conditioning program strives for front to back and left to right body balance. Although this may never be fully achieved because of the sport mechanics, it always should remain a primary goal of your golf conditioning program.
Balance represents a complex neuromuscular communication system. It relies on feedback from the central nervous system, the eyes, the inner ear, and tiny message receptors in the joints and soft tissues. Balance is necessary in maintaining appropriate spine (trunk and torso) positions throughout the swing. If balance is not maintained during the swinging action, shoulder turn, weight shift, and force transfer may be affected and the shot outcome will be compromised. As people grow older, the fact of life, the sensory organs and balance systems become less sensitive. It therefore might be advantageous to actually make better postural balance one of the primary parts of a conditioning program
Flexibility is important, controlling the amount of flexibility that's available to you is even more important. Swinging within the limitations of your body may be the most important advice you can ever take. While flexibility is essential, it can be a liability if not used to your advantage in proper swing mechanics. Flexibility is defined as one's available range of motion about a specific joint. The range of motion can be limited by factors such as nervous system voluntary and reflex control, muscle constraints, joint constraints, or skin and subcutaneous tissue. Flexibility might be one of the most important components of the successful golf swing because it increases the movement distance for force application. Studies have demonstrated that greater amounts of force can be produced when a muscle is prestretched before performing the activity demanded of it. When a muscle is prestretched, it creates elastic recoil that applies additional force for a more powerful contraction. This procedure is known as preloading the muscle.
Golf is a power sport. The golfer must be able to generate near-maximum power a certain number of times through the round. Regardless of a player's talent level, however, the most effective and powerful swings are produced when the force-generating muscles are preloaded first.
In conclusion, I put my case to rest that golf needs a certain amount of fitness and uses at least 4 components of fitness to be able to maintain a good golf game. If you don't have these components then you won't succeed as a golfer. There may be some golfers that are overweight on the tour. When people see someone who may be considered overweight, they dismiss that they are fit. Well that is wrong. They are fit. Overweight people can be fit and these golfers are fit. Just because you see someone that may be considered overweight, it doesn't mean that they're not fit. It's a myth people believe that overweight people aren't fit. That myth is wrong. It also helps them develop more force through the body thus a more powerful swing. With all these facts considered, golf is a sport and a proper one too because it requires so many components.