I’m a Runner but, Cardio and Golf?
One of the cool things about becoming a personal trainer is the fact that I have had the opportunity to work with such a wide variety of athletes. I’ve worked with everyone from swimmers, equestrians, mountain climbers, knitters and bridge players. It really is fascinating. The majority of this blog is devoted to running for obvious reasons: I LOVE TO RUN. But, I recently had the opportunity to share an article about golf. Golf?! #WhoAmI I figured since I work with such a wide variety of athletes it might benefit this site to include a few different aspects of fitness. Of course this post also deals with cardio. Which is like running. If you’re so not into golf then scroll of down to the last question. Which is: is there any other sport you participate in besides running? (but for real, is there anything else out there?!)
The Importance of Cardio in Golf
Running in golf usually features a brief yet sudden sprint away from an alligator by the pond or towards the clubhouse’s buffet table. In other words, it is non-existent, as players typically ride golf carts or walk from one hole to another.
While many would consider cardio and golf distant cousins, by looking at it from a different point of view, you can see how important running and putting in the roadwork is when it comes to your overall improvement on the course.
Golf Tips’ Matt Crownover suggests a typical 18-hole course covers a total land area measuring up to 110 to 190 acres. It is a relatively bigger figure compared to football fields and basketball courts, but the fact of the matter remains clear: golf requires less impact on our cardio.
It is not to say that these two factors, cardio and golf, cannot go together.
How Running Helped a Movie Star Improve his Golf Game
First off, who knew Mark Wahlberg played golf?? I didn’t… There are a few golfers who incorporate running into their training regimen. For those special kinds of players who do, it presents a way for them to sneak in a good workout in the middle of a hectic day, while still enjoying the sport on a whole. One such example is Mark Wahlberg.
As reported by Golf Digest’s Joel Beall, the artist formerly known as Marky Mark carries a unique love affair for the sport. In contrast to the traditional way of playing, Wahlberg finishes an entire 18-hole course in just over an hour, where he would tee off in the early hours of the morning and sprint the whole course.
One of the more annoying things about playing on public courses is being on the same flight with other, relatively slower groups. Not only does it slow down the pace of the game even further, there is also the factor of being under the scorching hot sun.
With the way Mark Wahlberg plays, golfers will not have the same predicament being behind him. Also considering his worldwide popularity, it is only a matter of time before the general public catches up and adapts this routine to their own adding a completely different dynamic to their usual round of golf.
Fitting in Cardiovascular Fitness in Golf
If a full sprint proves to be too high a mountain to climb, it is important to know that there are other avenues where you can build cardio while honing your golf game at the same time. For one, Pro Tour Golf College features a particular fitness program that combines strength and mobility movements with cardiovascular exercises.
The aforementioned article highlights the rigorous program of Dustin Johnson, a top pro who can be mistaken for a fitness model, thanks to his athletic physique. This even led to Ren Gates writing a feature article where he spoke about how Johnson is one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, for golf tutorial site Play Your Course. Proving that by keeping fit and healthy it had has numerous benefits on your golf game.
Even though cardio and golf, on paper, do not exactly match, some players find and combine the beauty of running and putting the ball inside a four-and-one-quarter-inch-hole. From movie stars such as Mark Wahlberg to pro tour golfers like Dustin Johnson, this proves that the sport still require a good amount of cardio here and there to perform optimally.
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So basically everyone should be a runner. 😉
Do you play any sports and if so do you use running to improve your game? I mean, is there anything else besides running? ha.
15 Jun 2017 / runpinkjess / 0