CROSBY -- Pound for pound Tiger Woods is arguably the most fit athlete in professional sports.
Because of Woods' success more professional golfers are hitting the weight room as much as the driving range.
According to Hallett Community Center program coordinator Jay McCarty, a person walking 18 holes burns up to 800 calories. He also said walking 18 holes is equivalent to 20 minutes of cardiovascular-endurance training.
It would make sense that improving one's physical condition would improve their score.
McCarty has developed a program called "Fit for Golf, Fit for Life," where he concentrates on golf specific strength and endurance training.
The four sessions run 10-11 a.m. Mondays or 5:30-6:30 p.m. The first session is May 19. The cost is $20 for members, $30 for non-members.
"The real goal is just for golfers to have more energy," said McCarty. "We know that usually the average golfer, by the time they get to the 13th hole, they start to get tired. By increasing their endurance, which comes with strength and cardiovascular training, hopefully they'll have enough energy to make it through the last five holes, which will improve their golf score."
This is a pilot program for the Hallett Center. For McCarty, who moved to the area three months ago, this program isn't new.
He was a program manger for the Navy's health and fitness program. He lived in Hawaii and helped develop a program where he trained golfers.
"A lot of golfers that are over in Cuyuna (Country Club) and at Ruttger's (Bay Lake Lodge) come in and work out in the winter time and asked what exercises they could do so they could be ready for the golf season.
"I was helping them and the interest has continually grown. So I thought we would put together a program where we can work with golfers specifically."
The four sessions concentrate on flexibility, power, endurance and strength. If the program goes well, McCarty hopes to offer more. If somebody misses one or two sessions they can make it up.
Aside from the four focus points, McCarty will offer tips like how to carry golf bags to avoid stress and fatigue.
Exercises and strength training will be specific to the golf swing.
"Muscles have a memory and by doing that, by working with bands and other strength training, that muscle memory will be there," said McCarty. "That will help with the consistency and fluidness of their swing. By doing all of these, they're actually going to score lower and increase their distance."
And that is the dream of every golfer.
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