Originally Posted by roundturns
The skill set needed to hit a good shot is pretty independent of stamina and strength.
Having going through some testing with the Titleist Performance Institute last winter I would disagree. The core strength, flexibility and overall fitness of today's world class golfers would suprise most people. The performance difference on those tests versus the average Joe were astounding.
While someone like John Daly may be able to hit the ball the way he does through sheer, raw talent a lot of his performance lapses of late are (besides beer) related to decreased physical condition.
There are numerous cases where improved conditioning have improved performance. Why is Lee Westwood driving the ball 40 yards more than when he weighed substantially more?
Just as in any sport the better conditioned athlete has the potential for superior performance. In golf core strength will allow better maintenance of your spine angle as well as using the big muscles to generate club head speed. Enhanced flexibility permits better rotation of the torso versus the lower body-the key to producing power. Superior strength will permit resistance to the dynamic forces of swinging the club and help you to remain in balance.
While the "97 pound weakling" can hit a "good" shot he probably won't play consistent, high performance golf.