While golf is not a contact sport, it is imperative you keep your body in good, physical condition. To share my personal story, last year, at the age of 30, I thought I was still in good physical condition. I had not been to the gym or lifted weights for years, but I felt pretty good. However, my knee had been bothering me for a few months. I didn’t think much of it. Around the end of June, suddenly, I had a sever pain in my left knee. I couldn’t trace it to anything in particular I did.
I was forced to take a month off, and the doctor put me on a physical therapy and strength training program. While I had no ligament damage, I learned the cartilage in my left knee was starting to wear away. As result, the weight training did help my knee, and things went back to normal. This was due to the muscles in my left leg not being equal to those in my right leg. (Think of the swing, if you are right handed, it is very easy to swing with only your right arm, and much more difficult to swing with only your left arm)
However, I have made strength training part of my regular routine to maintain my strength in my knee and also to prevent the future trips back to the doctor to prevent any back, shoulder, knee or any other problems.
While I am not a doctor, check back in the next few entries and I will share some good exercises you can perform during the off-season and before you play. Before you start any physical fitness program, I would suggest speaking with a doctore or fitness trainer.