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How Martial Arts Training
Can Be Beneficial To Your Golf Game

Whether you are a PGA, LPGA, aspiring amateur or junior golfer, research has shown that participating in some type of golf fitness training program will be beneficial to improving your golf game. I have been a fitness and mental performance coach for over 30 years. During that time, I have incorporated various cross training techniques to increase the performance level of hundreds of golfers. I am a Master 5th degree black belt and the techniques that I have learned from my 23 years training in the Korean martial arts, (Tang Soo Do), have been very beneficial in training my golf clients since they are directly related to not only the movements of the golf swing but with the mental concentration, discipline and focus it takes to play golf.

Martial arts are an excellent cross training tool for golf because it encompasses not only the external or physical aspects of golf(posture, balance , power, muscle explosion, coordination, lateral and circular motion)but it also teaches the importance of the mental aspects (focus on task at hand, confidence, discipline, relaxation, visualization, and body awareness).Martial arts teaches one that both the physical and mental aspects work simultaneously so that everything works in together as a whole rather than separately.

Believe it or not, golfers and martial artist have the same type of goal: they both want to become proficient at generating the maximum amount of force and kinetic energy precisely delivered to a target with speed, timing, and balance with a minimal amount of effort. Whether you are striking a golf ball with a club or striking an object with your hand or foot the ability of our bodies to generate power is based on the application of biomechanics which is to increase the sequential force supplied from proper movement of the body.

A primary element utilized in martial arts training is using the application of biomechanics to increase FORCE and POWER is to develop proper hip and waist rotation. Rotation of the hips and waist allows for the whole body to be combined and to create a far greater force than only using your hands or arms. Developing hip and waist twist will both increase velocity of technique and decrease the time of application of a technique whether it be striking an object with your hand or foot or striking a golf ball with a golf club.

As you can see, there is a high correlation that training in martial arts will help your golf swings.


Martial arts teach the following kinetic principles to achieve maximum power:
  • A solid foundation as in a martial art or golf stance (using the ground) is the first link in achieving proper technique.
  • The legs and hips are dependent on the ground.
  • The torso is dependent on the legs.
  • The arms are dependent on the torso.
  • The hands are dependent on the arms.
  • You must move from your center, which is an average of 2 to 5 inches below your navel. This is where the center of gravity for the human body is. By maintaining and moving from your center, you will have more success when performing a skill.
Martial arts teaches you to transform your mind into a state called "Mushin," which literally means "no-mind." According to the Zen masters, Mushin is operating when the actor is separate from the act and no thoughts interfere with action because the unconscious act is the most free and uninhibited. When Mushin functions, the mind moves from one activity to another, flowing like a powerful stream of water. When this takes place, effortless power is created. This is achieved through practice and more practice, until one can do perform an activity without conscious effort. Then your reaction becomes automatic.

To achieve effortless power when performing a skill, one must breathe correctly. When you breathe you must fill your entire lungs with air. Most people use only the top portion of their lungs. They do not fill up the bottom portion of their lungs. If you breathe correctly you will use the bottom of the lungs as well as the top, which will allow more oxygen to flow to your muscles which will give you potentially more power when performing a skill.

The kinetic link for creating maximum power in martial arts and the kinetic link for creating maximum power in a golf swing are literally the same biomechanics principles except that you are substituting a golf club instead of a fist or foot as a striking object.


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