- Golf Anatomy, by Craig Davies and Vince DiSaia. Published by Human Kinetics, 183 pages, $22.95.
There may be golf carts to ride in but that doesn't mean if you're a golfer you can let your fitness slide.
Like any physical activity, if you put the effort into improving your conditioning then you will see improvements. To better understand the muscles and mechanics that are involved in your golf game the study of anatomy will provide valuable understanding of how to generate more power where you need it.
The latest in this series of sports anatomy books from Human Kinetics explains what muscles are utilized in the various golf strokes. With full-colour anatomical illustrations the muscles and skeleton are clearly shown when engaged by the specific motions that are unique to golf.
The authors have presented the information in sections that relate to the areas of concern for most golfers. Mobility for Optimal Swing Angles, Stability for a Consistent Swing, Strength for Fatigue-Free Golf are just a few of the chapters in the book. Each includes exercises to improve the conditioning of certain muscles and alongside is an explanation of how those muscles are used in golf. Strength and balance exercises are shown to provide power and balance in the rotation of hips and shoulders.
There is even a chapter on common golf-related injuries and how to build up those muscles to help prevent future problems.
Golf enthusiasts will likely be pleasantly surprised by their improved performance if they devote the time to following these exercises.