With a reputation for innovation and in striving to keep Goodwood at the forefront of sporting excellence, Golf At Goodwood is seeking to identify ways to improve a golfer’s performance, longevity and enjoyment of the game through the use of ‘High Performance’. Steve Gent runs the ‘High Performance’ conditioning studio at the Gofl At Goodwood Academy, which focuses specifically on improving a golfer’s flexibility, strength and aerobic qualities.
The role of strength & conditioning
Although the purpose of working on these three qualities may seem solely to improve a player’s handicap; strength and conditioning contributes significantly to a player’s fitness and longevity in the game by making them more robust towards injuries. Fitness is often an undervalued part of golf, something Steve Gent is positively teaching on the scenic West Sussex estate.
“Good aerobic fitness improves your energy management, helping increase your mood, focus and concentration during play. For elite players it also makes you more fatigue and illness resistant to the demands of a tour. Walking the course and playing rounds back to back can be surprisingly tiring. The most consistent golfers are often the fittest,” commented Gent.
Having coached athletes to numerous Olympic, World and European medals, Steve Gent graduated from Chichester University before working with Britain’s Olympic Sailing Team for three consecutive Olympic Games and having worked in golf for 10 years, he understands that strength and conditioning isn’t an aspect commonly associated with golf.