How can GYROTONIC® training for golfers help your game? Let’s measure.
Many times I’ve been asked “What’s the goal of GYROTONIC® training?” To me, the answer is “The system itself has no goal. What are YOUR goals?” The point of any exercise system should be about helping the client reach their goals, not to have the system itself be a goal.
Gyrotonic training for golfers has been discussed as a way to help golfers improve their game. In this article I outlined seven specific ways Gyrotonic training helps with issues discussed on the Fitness Fridays segment of Golf Digest Magazine. As the actual saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So let’s eat some golf pudding.
Meet Andrew, my golf case study client.
After writing my Fitness Friday article I wanted objective evidence that Gyrotonic training for golfers can help improve their game. I asked around for golfers who were willing to be a case study client for a six week training program exclusively using GYROTONIC® methodology. They’d have to be willing to be poked and prodded, measured and photographed. Andrew heard about my request through a trainer friend we have in common. He embarked on his six week program in November of 2015.
Objective measurements are the best way to know results
How someones “feels” is important. But it’s also subjective. You can be in essentially the same physical state (exact same height, weight, body fat percentage, injury history, etc) but “feel” different day to day. How you feel has a great many variables affecting it: what you ate, how much you slept, your emotional state, etc. While it’s always important to ask a client how they’re feeling, to properly notate physical changes that result from training, objective measurements are obligatory.
Looking back at the Fitness Friday post, there are several joint ranges of motion that are valuable for a golfer to focus on. We specifically focused on the rotation of the hips and shoulders as well as hamstring mobility. All measurements are in degrees of motion and are active ranges of motion, meaning Andrew moved his joints to these ranges of motion while his muscles were actively working.
|Knee extension (hamstrings)||58||62||67||67|
|Hip internal rotation||13||13||25||29|
|Hip external rotation||25||22||34||35|
|Shoulder internal rotation||80||45||95||68|
|Shoulder external rotation||68||80||86||115|
Improvement in posture
Two major things can be seen here. Even though he is facing away, you can see that his head is more upright, looking more forward than downward. Also, the space between his arms and his body is more balanced, a visual way of seeing a change in the position of the shoulders relative to the pelvis.
Notice how in the before photo, his right shoulder is dropped but in the after photo the shoulder girdle is level. While he was coming to specifically improve his golf game, his general posture was improved.
The black line shows the approximate middle of the shoulder girdle. His head is sitting much more over the shoulders, less forward.
The combination of a wider foot stance, an increased shoulder turn and a more balanced bend from the hips will increase distance and accuracy.
You can see the improvement in Andrew's hamstring flexibility in this before & after montage. Black socks are before and red are after.
In this short video, you can see Andrew performing a single leg squat before then after. The increases in his core strength, proprioception and glute strength allow him to remain far more upright when squatting after just 12 sessions.
I’ll end this post with a “call to action” to golfers as said by Andrew at the end of his 6 week, 12 session series to improve his game through Gyrotonic training for golfers:
Want to improve your golf game? Get in touch.
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