During recent years, fitness has become a key to success for many of the world’s top golfers. Technology has revolutionised the modern day world and athletes are now utilising the vast amounts of technology, information and research that is available.
Thomas is a strong supporter of new technology available and believes that awareness of fitness and specific golf exercises is highly valuable to the modern day golfer. Whilst going to gym is important but not essential to improving performance, it does often provide us with a “feel good factor” which can be hugely beneficial in everyday life. With golf, Thomas thinks it is important to understand that increasing fitness is not only to help you hit the ball further but also to help prevent injury, thus allowing a longer playing career. Additionally, for any golfer who is thinking about starting going to the gym, the correct workout is vitally important. The golf swing is a unique movement and requires appropriate flexibility as our body parts move into complex positions at quick speeds. As we get older, our muscles lose elasticity so it is equally important to sustain this elasticity as it is to become stronger.
In the gym itself, it is important to be patient and focussed on what you are trying to achieve. Instant results are almost impossible so as athletes, we have to remain patient and allow our bodies time to recover and in time we will see the results. As a dedicated athlete, you should be attending the gym 5 or 6 times a week, varying your workouts on a daily basis in order to give your body some time to recover. Furthermore, vary your routine regularly – shock the body with some different exercises whilst at the same time keep yourself from getting bored with the same exercises every day.
A personal favourite of Thomas’ is the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). TPI includes in depth information about golf health and fitness from experts around the globe.