Golf conditioning is right here and now! Golf has constantly been looked at as a game of leisure. But today's golf player is leaner, stronger, and more fit. Up until the last few years, golfers did not know how to go about integrating exercise or, particularly, a golf conditioning program.

They have had a visual sense of going into the local gym and being bullied by the "muscle heads." It can also be overwhelming to choose what plan of action to take and if it will be worth the time and effort. There are three myths about strength training for golf and the truths about them also.

If you are worried about buffing up and hindering your swing, don't be. Golf conditioning specific for golf will not lead to muscle gain that will change your swing mechanics. To gain muscle size, it involves lifting progressively heavier weights with lower repeats, increasing your calorie consumption dramatically, and spending a few hours per day lifting weights.

A golf conditioning program integrates moderate weight, with medium (12-15) repetitions, and in a time frame of half an hour to 45 minutes. This type of program is configured to improve your golf specific strength and endurance, not build up muscle.

"I will lose flexibility if I lift weights." If you are worried about losing flexibility when lifting weights, that is another myth. In fact, the contrary is true! Powerless muscles are also tight muscles. When you do resistance training, you're increasing blood flow, running through a functional range of motion specific to golf, and fortifying the tendons and ligaments in each joint of your body. In conjunction with a stretching program, strength training should improve flexibility, not hamper it.

If you worry about losing feel when you weight train, think again. By strengthening your muscles specific to golf, you'll have fuller control of your body. A sport specific program prepares your body specifically for your golf game. When you improve functional strength, you have a lot of control and balance, which will improve your feel. Strength training calls for body awareness, muscular control, and coordination. These are all central elements for enhanced golf.

Therefore, golf conditioning can be done when you're in your early teens (with supervision), or in your late 80's. People in there 70's and 80's have increased their strength 100%. This was partly due to the initial degree of fitness being so low.

The point is, that it's never too late to begin. Search out a fitness master or golf conditioning specialist to plan a golf specific program and you'll play better than you ever thought! Start today on your golf conditioning program!