Benefits of Beneficial Exercise for Golfers
By Master Calvin T. Fleming
What is so amazing to me is many golfers are spending more time and money on golf equipment and the mechanics of their swing than on the biomechanics of their bodies. Most golfers recognize that their bodies can’t move as freely as needed, but don’t know what to do about it. These body compensations (imbalances) can lead to many future injuries:
• herniated disc
• fractured rib
• back soreness
• partially-torn tendon
• partially-torn meniscus
• foot injury
• stress fracture
• torn labrum
just to name a few. These are some of the injuries that players in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking have suffered in the last few years. Have you ever considered that your body tensions and stress are interfering with your mental relaxation and the consistency in your game?
Stress is the number one killer in the world, according to the WHO (World Health Organization), and a major cause of dysfunction and disease in our bodies. It can affect your skill levels and cause anxiety. Stress and tension management play a key role in performance enhancement and can be used to adapt your body in a positive manner.
Body tensions and imbalances will keep you from improving your game, relaxing in your game, taking your game to the next level, and having continuous improvement. The Japanese word “kaizen” (“kai”- means “change” and “-zen” means “good”) is “the philosophy of continuous improvement in small increments.” You want your golf game to be in a state of kaizen. Doesn’t it make sense to start with a balanced body that is constantly improving (kaizen)?
Your body is like a building. The most important part of a building is its foundation. The better the foundation, the more functional it is and able to withstand the loads applied to it. A strong foundation helps your body-building stay upright. That requires core stability, mobility, and flexibility. On top of that foundation, we are adding load stressors like poor sleep habits, environmental barometric pressure, and repetitive movements in our work, home, and play. No wonder our bodies are in disrepair and in need of rebalancing!
Let me introduce you to Beneficial Exercise (B.E.) for Golfers. What is B.E.? It is a system that brings your body back to life. Our exclusive B.E. method will assess and correct your body’s tensions, locate the weaknesses, and create strength and balanced movement where there was little to none.
Our aging bodies are changing the way we move, feel, and think. It makes a challenging sport like golf harder to play and enjoy. Our bodies are designed to make repetitive actions easier. That is not always a good thing and can lead to muscular imbalances that can impact your body’s normal range of motion (ROM), mobility, and flexibility. B.E. works to reduce body imbalances to create a more predictable enjoyable experience in every activity.
B.E. works with how the body is connected - one unit with many moving parts. When B.E. is applied to your body, it doesn’t just work on a specified weakness. Weaknesses and imbalances are connected to other parts of your body - it is never an isolated event. Your body is always trying to gain mobility and stability. When motion is lost in one area of your body, it compensates by seeking to gain mobility from another area, which can lead to pain and incorrect bio-mechanical movement.
Repetitive movements over long periods are responsible for many muscle compensations. Imbalanced muscles, which are controlled by the central nervous system, will perform incorrect assigned movements, causing muscle tightness and weakness. With B.E., your weak tightened muscles are strengthened to return to its natural assigned function, nullifying the muscular compensation.
B.E. heals through reversing the movements that contributed to the imbalances and weaknesses you feel in your body. Applying B.E. to your body will result in:
Better range of motion -
Less tension leads to less stress, causing you to be more relaxed in your game.
Improved endurance -
Reduced tension gives you more energy for your game.
Staying out of your head -
You will focus on the right thing at the right moment.
Consistent control of your movements -
Tension caused by repetitive movements are reduced, adding accuracy and consistency to your whole game, which can take your game to the next level.
Improved core stability, joint mobility, and body flexibility.
A stronger and more confident you!