April 4, 2012
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Golf dates back as far as the 1400s, with its official rules put down in writing in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1744. Today, any modern golfer would easily recognize the game as it was played then. Although golf has been around for centuries, it has only been in the last 10 years that golf has been looked at seriously by sports scientists from a strength, conditioning, and biomechanical perspective. In the previous 600 years, golfers overlooked the necessity to be fit, or train in order to play the game well—they just went out and played or hit balls at the driving range. This view has changed dramatically in recent years. Golf has evolved from a gentleman’s game involving drinking, cigar smoking, and the obligatory19th hole happy hour, to producing athletes such as Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.