So how does the martial art of Taekwondo improve a game like golf?
At fibodo, we often witness firsthand the incredible fitness benefits that sports provide for professional sports people.
Take Taekwondo for example. Not only is it great for your physical and mental health, but you can use it to enhance and take other sports to new levels.
Taekwondo compliments golfers of all levels. It helps to restore, improve and maintain optimal functional movement patterns. It also maximises golf performance.
Well, Taekwondo is ultimately about proper breathing, high levels of stability. It also improves internal strength and balance.
To find out more, we spoke to Paul Wesselingh. Paul is the 2013/14 European Seniors Golf Tour number one.
Paul has actively engaged in Taekwondo to aid his game.
Golf and Taekwondo are worlds apart, Is that a fair assumption?
Yes I agree. Golf and TaeKwonDo are so completely different and really are not an obvious combination. I took up TaeKwonDo again in the early 90s. I originally started it when I was at college. Initially I only took it up again as a fitness opportunity when I was a club professional. It was necessary to find something to take my mind off golf during the winter months. I excelled at it and soon became a 2nd Dan black belt. The problem with TaeKwonDo is that it is generally a contact sport which could also results in injuries. So I always had to be careful.
Do you think practicing Taekwondo enhances your game as a golfer?
Yes, Taekwondo can improve your golf game. It obviously made me fitter, more flexible, and the mental awareness was relevant to golf. However since the age of 45 I prepared for the Seniors Tour by and reduced the amount of contact Taekwondo, but still enjoyed practicing its various aspects.
Can you incorporate Taekwondo techniques into a game of golf? Can you give us a few examples?
Besides mental awareness, the big thing with TaeKwonDo is that it is an explosive sport. So there’s a lot of focus on movements such as kicks and punches. That can be good obviously for the power move to generate club head speed.
Are there any classes that are specifically designed for golfers? If not have you thought about starting one?
I am not aware of any classes designed for golf. If someone was to use TaeKwonDo as a fitness program for golf, I would advise they stay away from the contact element such as sparring and competitive fighting. However, it certainly helps maintain fitness, and does support core muscle groups.
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