For some reason it often seems that non golfers fail to recognize the importance of fitness and conditioning in golf, dismissing the game as a bunch of blokes (or ladies) walking around swinging a stick and how fit do you have to be to do that?
Obviously golfers know that the reality is very different and that fitness is as important in golf as it is in any other sport. And as is the case for any other sport there are an ever growing number of smartphone and tablet apps designed to help golfers meet and track their fitness goals. Here’s a look at some of the best that are available to those who own a shiny Apple device or nifty Android smartphone.
Nike Golf 360
Developed by Nike
Fitness is just one element of Nike’s flagship golf app for iOS devices, but it is also one of its most useful. Nike partnered with the prestigious Gray Institute of Michigan which educates trainers and physical therapists as well as works with elite athletes, to create a series of trackable golf specific fitness routines that can be accessed via the app in video form and also includes interactive charts which can be used to track personal fitness goals.
Developed by Andrew Fischer
Andrew Fischer is Bubba Watson’s current personal conditioning coach and so certainly has a good rep within the game. In this app you will find 200 different exercises personally created by Fischer that come along with both written and visual instructions as well as the ability to track reps and add specific exercises to a personal routine. And perhaps best of all everything is offered free, something that is unusual to find in an app of this caliber.
Golf Fit Pro
Developed by Nicholas Randall
Australian strength and conditioning coach Nicholas Randall has developed a series of cross discipline – aerobic, strength, weight work etc – exercises that are designed to be mixed and matched into a personal workout according to demographics input by the user. Each exercise is accompanied by both graphics and video and can be added to a personal training plan/calender as needed. Once you work your way through the basics additional plans are available as in app purchases but the standard set is probably more than adequate for most golfers anyway.
Golf Fitness Made Easy
Developed by Mike File
No time to go to the gym and don’t have the luxury of having one at home? This coach developed app offers simple, muscle group specific exercises that only call for the use of a resistance band. Each exercise is accompanied by both still photography and video to help ensure proper form and you can mix and match them into a ‘playlist’ to create your own daily exercise at home routine. It’s a simple app but one that can prove very handy for the time pressed golfer and even offers tips for exercisinf on the road.
Golf Strength, Power & Control
Developed by Fitivity
Fitivity is a collective of trainers and coaches that have actually developed over two dozen sports specific fitness apps (they even have one called Ninja Athleticism!) that are specifically designed for strength training and endurance. In addition to both text and video lessons that are designed to be pieced together into personal weekly routines the app will also tell you, if you like, where you could take a complimentary class locally if available with a live Fitivity certified trainer.