Tiger Woods’ Golf Game
After Tigers’ visit, I thought you readers would be interested in a little insight into Tigers Golf game and some of the traits that make Tiger so good at golf. His swing at the end of the day is what makes him great and is what made his career what it is today. I asked Harry Boyd, a Golf Instructor here at the Cindy Reid Golf Academy. Harry is an exceptional instructor with a very comprehensive knowledge of the dynamics involved in the golf swing. He has also studied Tigers game and swing and agreed so share some information on the big TWs golf swing.
Tigers Golf Swing.
Harry: Tiger uses all the big muscles in his swing, the stomach –core muscles and the legs. His swing has a lot of leg power in it. The shoulders rotate and core rotates, the arms follow the legs to produce the impact.
He stays in a very athletic position, when setting up his shoulders being very flexible have a very prominent rotation. Tiger keeps his hands, or wrists out of the swing, something that separates the professionals from the amateurs. All golfers want quiet hands rather than letting their wrists snap and create inconsistency in there swing.
During the down swing Tigers Legs come into play, this is key in developing the right power at impact. By using the big muscles the little muscles follow. The arms follow the stomach or core rotation.
Another thing signature of Tiger is his forearm, tricep and shoulder strength. In these areas he is in the top 5 ever of all golfers. Put simply his golf muscles and strength really can’t be compared to any pro golfer now. This strength allows him to return to the ball at impact with-out the club changing, it stays fixed in the plane that he swings in.
Tiger has a very distinctive head position throughout his total swing. Not many PGA players can achieve the same head position and neck strength as Tiger. His head is in a perfect fixed position, it doesn’t move.
To finish off Tiger is exceptionally flexible, a very important component in a golfers entire game. His head, biceps, shoulders and spine among all his muscle groups are very flexible and strong.
Tiger Woods Fitness and Nutrition
Harry: Tiger Woods is a very large, strong golfer. One of the most muscular golfers in the professional golf world now. For the last five years he hasn’t gotten bigger but is just maintaining his size and strength. He is well known for training like an Olympian, implementing heavy compound movements most commonly found in fitness routines for rugby players or wrestlers. Tiger is also no stranger is cardio training. He is known for playing a lot of Basketball and was a fast runner in collage, competing in the 100m dash.
Tiger Woods daily routine looks something like this
6:30 a.m. – One hour of cardio. Choice between endurance runs, sprints or biking.
7:30 a.m. – One hour of lower weight training. 60-70 percent of normal lifting weight, high reps and multiple sets.
8:30 a.m. – High protein/low-fat breakfast. Typically includes egg-white omelet with vegetables.
9:00 a.m. – Two hours on the golf course. Hit on the range and work on swing.
11:00 a.m. – Practice putting for 30 minutes to an hour.
Noon – Play nine holes.
1:30 p.m. – High protein/low-fat lunch. Typically includes grilled chicken or fish, salad and vegetables.
2:00 p.m. – Three-to-four hours on the golf course. Work on swing, short game and occasionally play another nine holes.
6:30 p.m. – 30 minutes of upper weight training. High reps.
7:00 p.m. – Dinner and rest.
When it comes to Nutrition it is no surprise that Tiger Woods has a very healthy diet, one that allows him to stay on top of his game and get the training and practice he needs every day.
As Tiger trains all year round his nutrition is very important to help promote increased performance and recovery. Tiger sticks to lean meats and seafood, lots of fruits and vegetables and no junk food. Tigers typical breakfast is an egg-white omelet with vegetables. Lunch and dinner is usually grilled chicken or fish with salad and vegetables. Protein ranks high in my diet because it helps build muscle tissue. He also takes daily supplements for bone protection and nutritional support.
Tiger as you can see is a very complete athlete who spends the needed time exercising and training for his sport and focusing on correct nutrition to support his performance and development.
Stay tuned for part 3 in this series where i will share some Golf Fitness movements that can be done in the gym to help any golfer develop their golf muscles and become a better player.
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