Thursday, October 27th, 2011

By Tim Clark

2010 was my best season on the PGA Tour as I finished #11 on the money list and won the TPC.

At the end of 2010, I turned 35 which is considered the mid-point in a successful golfer’s career. Fittingly, I started making some changes to my fitness schedule. This year has proven to be a learning year in many respects and I have only been able to play a limited schedule and had a season-ending elbow surgery in August. Now I am on the mend and preparing for the 2012 season.

Through this experience, I have learned a lot and have some thoughts on helping golfers avoid injuries while also strengthening the critical areas for good golf—neck/back/core. An average golfer’s swing speed ranges from 60-100mph while a pro is anywhere from 100-125. This torque on the body makes the neck/back/core areas very important.

Step 1: Have a plan/set some goals
Meet with your doctor for a physical prior to engaging in any sort of rigorous activity level. Once you have clearance from your doctor, consult with a fitness specialist to design a program and set some goals.

Step 2: Get more fit
Cardio, stretching and light weights are traditional forms of exercise. However, now many of my peers are doing yoga and pilates to strengthen the core and back areas.

Step 3: Incorporate Massage
I cannot stress more the importance of massage. I utilize my Human Touch massage chair on a daily basis and cannot tell you how important this in keeping your body limber.

Step 4: Create healthy lifetime habits:
- Drink lots of water
- Follow a proper diet
- Get enough rest

Step 5: Enjoy the process
As you get older and your body changes, playing great golf is not easy. However, if you follow these steps, your golf will be much more enjoyable.

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