PLATTSBURGH — With a couple of weeks of winter still on the calendar, a return to the links is little more than fantasy for the region’s golfing enthusiasts.
But some golfers have enjoyed a head start on the season through an exercise program hosted by the Wellness Center of CVPH at PARC.
The center’s eight-week Golfer Rx Program helps to improve strength and power in the golf swing and to minimize the potential for golf-related injuries during the season.
“It has focused mostly on fitness,” said participant Mal Cutaiar, as his group neared completion of their seventh week in the program recently. “We’ve progressed through various stages with strength and stability exercises.”
The program also included a series of tips on improving the golf swing itself from local golf pro Sean Loughan, director of golf at Harmony Golf Club.
But participants rarely pick up golf clubs during the program, focusing rather on medicine balls and exercise mats to tone muscles that haven’t been used on the golf links since last year.
“Think of your swing when you’re doing these exercises,” said program instructor John Vasile as he prepared the participants for their hour-long workout.
“We want to work on those muscles that are vital in the golf swing,” he added moments later as the golfers began working through a series of exercise stages. “We want (participants) to focus on balance as it pertains to strength, mobility and flexibility.”
Those taking part range in age and have a variety of golf skills, added Vasile, a personal trainer at the Wellness Center who is working toward certification in golf-fitness instruction.
“A lot of golfers don’t know what muscles to work (during the off-season). These exercises can help golfers prevent injury while increasing their ability to hit the ball better. They add to the consistency of the golf swing.”