Book Review – Golf Anatomy by Dr. Craig Davies and Dr. Vince DiSaia
There is an irreversible change occurring in the world of golf.
Players are moving from golf technicians to world-class athletes. Greg Norman was perhaps the first in modern times to press physical conditioning. Now there is a growing cadre of well conditioned athletes flooding the links and requiring new rules on balls and clubs and increasing distances and difficulties of today’s courses.
This is a healthy challenge for the average golfer and the book titled Golf Anatomy is helping to meet that challenge. It is rare in its approach by providing a visual understanding of what muscles are needed at each point of the golf swing.
This approach is basic to breaking by the wall of ‘information overload’ and endless instruction that the serious golfer finds to provide so little profit from so much effort.
Proper technique in your golf swing can best be developed by a qualified golf instructor along with a proper approach to golf fitness. It follows that golf fitness is best appreciated by an understanding of Golf Anatomy.
The authors of Golf Anatomy are Dr. Craig Davies and Dr. Vince DiSaia. Both are experienced trainers, researchers and clinicians bringing their wealth of knowledge to enhance their reader’s golfing experience.
While an infinite number of swing styles may end with the same consequence of hitting the ball squarely on the club confront, efficiency is the meaningful to a consistent golf swing whether you an amateur or an aspiring golf specialized.
Mimicry of your favorite specialized golfers is futile and can be counter productive. The meaningful to efficiency is to make your body capable of producing an efficient swing.
The ability to efficiently mesh mechanics into an efficient and reproducible swing is not possible except attention to the detail of your own body’s rare capabilities.
Bringing out those capabilities is the purpose of golf conditioning. Golf Anatomy begins to show that mobility and stability are basic foundational elements for a body fit for golf.
However, it could do a better job showing the reader how stability and mobility in each part changes throughout the golf swing to produce an efficiently sequenced golf swing.
Nevertheless, Golf Anatomy does a good job helping the reader to develop their understanding of their bodies and how it relates to the golf swing.
The following chapter topics helps the reader to logically build his or her understanding of how to build their own rare golf swing:
- The Golfer in motion
- Mobility for optimal swing angles
- Stability for a consistent swing
- Balance and Body awareness for a substantial base
- Strength for fatigue free golf
- Explosive strength for longer drives
- Preventing injuries in golf’s five problem areas
The information in this book cannot be read and absorbed without becoming interactive with the exercises and motions described in each chapter.
As such, Golf Anatomy provides an basic learning experience for the serious golfer to not only swing efficiently but safely for a pleasurable, life-long golfing experience.