Golf Fitness is really helping my game!
M. Fellows | San Diego, Ca. USA | 01/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought golf fitness because I felt with all the golf lessons I've taken through the years no instructor has taught me how to stretch or exercise to improve my game. This DVD has given me some easy to use stretches that really seem to be helping my game. I am not one to write reviews, but this DVD was worth the time. I recommend this DVD to all golfers like myself that need to improve their flexibility and strengthen muscles specific to playing golf. I never realized that even with good technique if you can't rotate your head and spine through the proper range your not going to get the desired result. Thanks for a DVD that didn't waste my time."
Nothing Special and Will Disappoint Most
One Reflects | 02/26/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I do not dispute that the stretches and exercises shown on this DVD can help your "golf fitness." My low rating stems from the failure of the DVD to deliver on the expecations created, and from its failure to present anything new to the greater part of the target audience.
This is NOT a trainer led workout. This DVD briefly demonstrates various stretching and (primarily) bodyweight exercises. More talk than action, with a healthy dose of the trendy phrase "core muscles" and core-this, core-that throw in. Much of what is shown you might have learned in your first golf lesson, or in that P.E. class so long ago. No new ground is broken.
John Ondrush, the fitness pro presenting the DVD, is obvously strong, well built, knowledgable.
The stretches and exercises are explained simply, and their relationship to golf movement is explained and shown.
The first section is stretching.
The stretches shown are classic stretches you'll find on posters in almost any school or athletic club, maybe on the board at the clubhouse, and presented often by the various golf magazines. I have a such a poster with 9 of the 10 stretches shown. Your local golf pro would probably teach them to you for free if you ask. The stretches are simply part of a good general fitness routine.
The second section is strength.
The "core strengthing" exercises are again simple and classic exercises. Lunges, squats, ab crunches, etc., nothing golf specific. Like the stretches, these exercises are nothing special, and often part of a general fitness routine.
The only golf-specific "exercise" is the "club rotation" drill that we all know about. Its the tried and true "hold the club across your chest, take your address postion, rotate through the backswing and follow through" routine. You might have learned this in your first golf lesson (I did) and most certainly have seen this drill performed on the range, the Golf Channel, depicted in a magazine, somewhere.
The last section is a pre-round routine.
This section demonstrates the stretches shown previously, with some slight modifications to show them being performed by sitting in the cart, grabbing the cart, leaning on the cart, etc.
If you are looking for a good golf-specific workout, this DVD will disappoint you.
If you are looking for special, unique, golf-specific exercises or stretches, this DVD will really disappoint you (and I think those things might not exist anyway).
If you are totally inexperienced with exercise, this DVD might not disappoint you - it should - but you admit your ignorance and don't know any better.
Regardless of your level of fitness now, if its fitness for golf you are looking for, your money and time would be better spent elsewhere."
A Golf Fitness Video That Really Works
Golfgoyle | NY NY | 02/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These exercises are fantastic. Simple and quick to do and they make a huge difference to your swing!"
A Personal Trainer's Perspective
Van Gogh | 02/17/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this video to help me train clients who are interested in improving their fitness for golf. Unfortunately, for me it was a waste of money. The video presented what I am doing with my clients already. I was looking for more in-depth discussion of the muscles involved in the swing and how to train the body as a whole to prepare for golf season. Instead, the video presented 10 stretches and exercises that i have my clients working on already.
Perhaps this video might be of some use to a non-professional looking for some stretches and rudimentary exercises. However, as a personal trainer, I was disappointed in the content."