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Getting in shape for golf

Posted at: 02/20/2013 4:47 PM
Updated at: 02/20/2013 5:46 PM
By: Benita Zahn

Physical Therapist Jay Peacock is about to put me through my paces. He'll determine my flexibility and identify any weaknesses that could hinder my golf swing.

    He's the first stop in a program about to get off the ground. Frank Ciarlo from Capital Area golf dot com- pulled together the components that golf pros use and fashioned it so regular duffers could avail themselves of the services. The physical therapy assessment followed by 2 sessions with a golf pro who'll evaluate your swing and then a 45 day fitness program tailored to your needs.


"We hear the tales that people don't want to work out cause they're afraid it's gonna screw up their golf swing" Frank Ciarlo with Capitalareagolf.com tells me. "So now we're gonna take that excuse away and say you want to improve your swing, here's a way to do it."

"There's so many people out there that deal with back pain every day playing golf, neck pain. So if we can find the things that lead to, that cause that stuff and try to counteract them, then good thins occur both in golf and in life" says Jay Peacock.

   Jay's evaluation takes half an hour - determining what, if any structural or muscular problems I may have that need attention.
   He gives me some exercises to do at home, even before I meet with the golf pro and fitness expert.  
As Jay points out, even if you don't take part in the new capital area golf dot com program, an evaluation like this is a good idea before dusting off any sporting goods after the long, and possibly, sedentary winter.

" Golf swing, if you're a right, you're making a left hand turn, if you play 3 times a wee, 300 times a week. If you were to drive your car completely in a circle all the time, the alignment would be off and so what we're looking at is , we're not looking at making hummungous changes, we're looking at realigning things so that it makes it a more balanced, more efficient swing or game, so. "