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Fit for Golf: How a Personalized Conditioning Routine Can Help You Improve Your Score, Hit the Ball Further, and E: How a Personalized Conditioning ... Your Scores, Hit the Ball Further, and Enjoy Hardcover – 1 Apr 2004

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071417907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071417907
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.4 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A customized conditioning program for dropping strokes and losing pounds--from one of the most successful personal trainers on the PGA Tour

Until very recently, golfers rarely hit the gym. The workout facilities along the PGA Tour were empty because many golfers didn't consider themselves real athletes. Today it's a whole new ballgame--and golf-fitness guru Boris Kuzmic is heading up the revolution.

The much sought-after personal trainer for several world-class PGA Tour professionals--including David Duval, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, and Robert Allenby--Kuzmic has used his own proven approach to help his clients lower their scores, raise their rankings, and tighten their belts, demonstrating that time spent in the gym definitely improves your scorecard. And while working out is great for the pros, Kuzmic believes it can do even more for the amateur.

In Fit for Golf Kuzmic brings his expertise to you in a streamlined format, outlining a simple fitness regimen that--if followed faithfully--will have you dropping strokes and pounds in no time by using the very same techniques he used while training those top PGA players. He begins with his basic philosophy of working out--namely, that every muscle is a "golf muscle" and only the steady development of all of them will help make you a better player. One of the things that makes the sport so difficult is that it requires you to use your entire body to perform a very precise task. From quadriceps to deltoids, and from heart to head, Kuzmic will take you through the basics of building a better golf body. He'll show you how to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and, with that knowledge, how to customize your own personal workout. Accompanied by detailed instructions and helpful photographs, sample workout programs designed to fit different needs, abilities, and schedules are provided.

From stretching and strength training to cardio and good nutrition, Kuzmic's Fit for Golf strategy will help you:

  • Hit the ball farther
  • Gain control over your swing
  • Improve your flexibility and range of motion
  • Increase your stamina
  • Lose weight
  • Minimize your risk of injury
  • Decrease post-round muscle soreness
  • Gain self-confidence
  • Improve your overall level of fitness and health
  • And compete like the pros

"Working out can enhance your game and life in so many ways beyond just knocking a few shots off your score. On the golf course it will increase your strength, flexibility, stamina, and energy. You'll be able to make a bigger turn and get to a better finish while feeling more balanced throughout the swing. And you'll not only hit the ball harder with less effort, but you'll still feel fresh as you approach the end of your round and have reserves of power and control necessary to pull off any kind of shot when it counts most."

--Boris Kuzmic, from Chapter 1

Want to shave five shots off your scorecard? Drop ten points from your handicap? Add twenty yards to your drive? It may sound like a golfer's dream, but it's not impossible. In fact, all of this and more has been achieved, time and again, by players who have followed pro-trainer Boris Kuzmic's Fit for Golf formula for success--a simple combination of weight-training, cardio, stretching, and nutrition.

Now, for the first time, Kuzmic brings his professional secrets from the PGA Tour to you, so you can follow the same workout strategies that monumentally changed the games--and the lives--of top players such as David Duval, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Jesper Parnevik, and Robert Allenby.

With inspiring and easy-to-follow instructions, sample workouts, and helpful illustrations, Fit for Golf shows you how to:

  • Assess your individual strengths and weaknesses
  • Tailor a fitness program to meet your specific body-type needs
  • Customize each workout using weights, stretching, and cardiovascular training
  • Improve your "muscle memory"
  • Avoid injuries
  • Make the most of good nutrition
  • Exercise your mental muscle
  • Train your way to better scores and more enjoyment on the course

About the Author

Boris Kuzmic, a former professional golfer, received his personal-trainer certification from the Scandinavian Institute of Physical Fitness. He currently works as a personal trainer with a select cross-section of professional and highly ranked amateur golfers. He lives in Sweden.

Jim Gorant is the deputy golf editor at Sports Illustrated. His articles have appeared in national magazines, including GQ, Men's Journal, Outside, Golf, Travel and Leisure Golf, Golf for Women, and Popular Science. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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I work in Golf Fitness and have numerous txts/studies on the subject. If you dont already have any information on the subject this is a reasonable place to start, although not very cutting edge.

Not enough time spent on core control/rotational control with to much time spent on very basic and non functional exercise. The push and sit up sections are a waste of time for a rotation sport.

There is better information out there, disapointed on the whole.
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I have been playing golf for about two years now, and was looking for a way to improve my golf more. In summer 2004, whilst playing rugby, I ruptured the ligaments in my shoulder, and 6 months down the line, this seemed like a good option both to improve my golf and general fitness.
The book is well written and informative, with the instructions laid out so they were easy to follow. A real insight into the physical training aspect of golf, and shows you that you are not as fit or flexibe as you think.
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By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2005
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A great read. Very helpful information on maintaining your body while performing at your best during a round of golf. I am going to use this book this winter for the up comming sesaon in the spring. Full of good Ideas, highly recommend. Also recommend an excellent book by an Dr. Weiss- Backsmart Fitness- Streteches in this book really helped my game this fall and will be using his weight training workout to improve my drive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good information on golf fitness 13 Nov. 2004
By G. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book showed me what stretches to do for golf. The strength training section is good also. Although it is not complete for a workout program, the pictures are of good quality and easy to follow directions. I also used Patrick Leonardi's book called:

The Ultimate Golf Instruction Guide: Key Techniques for Becoming a Zero Handicap Golfer or Better, isbn 1933023090 to help me greatly with my golf swing. After reading Leonardi's book, I now have much more control over my golf swing. In addition, I no longer slice off the tee and have gained a lot more distance. I recommend Boris Kuzmic's book for golf fitness and Patrick Leonardi's book for learning how to shoot lower scores.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Success 11 Jan. 2009
By Karl Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Read the basics shown here. Excellent book for gold exercises that help you in every practice ... even if golf is not your sport. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the point 7 Oct. 2010
By Kilby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book because it is to the point without a lot of extra, unnecessary info. Since I have worked out with my trainer doing a lot of what is in this book, I am sooo much stronger at golf and more flexible with my swing and better balance.
Besides my trainer, I have access to a gym. This book makes it easier to remember what to do when I get to the gym or ideas to do at home. Also talks about the importance of stretching and nutrition.
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