For years, I have been using a traditional flat fitness step in my Cardiogolf routines and exercises. Although effective, I felt it was important to design a step that simulated a fairway to make it more ‘golf-like.’
You almost never have a flat lie on the golf course, so it is important to practice your swing on sloping lies to develop feel and stability. The Cardiogolf ‘Slope’ is curved like a fairway slope. You can vary the angle you place your foot to practice various sloping lies.
I developed the Cardiogolf ‘Slope’ to help golfers practice uphill and downhill lies, but it is also a great tool for exercise. You can do a variety of traditional low-impact exercises as well as strength, balance, core and even upper body exercises.
According to studies, surfaces like concrete and treadmills present us with essentially simple ways to move. The continual flat surface creates repetitive motions in our joints and muscles, so movement patterns become locked into on direction. We neglect wider ranges of motion that would happen on unstable surfaces. Where as walking on uneven ground continually shifts our center of gravity, meaning we have to work harder to continually come back to balance in the midline, and this has a deeper engagement through the whole of our fascial, muscle and skeletal systems.
So the difference between a standard flat fitness step and my new Cardiogolf “Slope” is the curvature. You never have a completely flat lie on the golf course whether you are walking or hitting a shot, so it is important to rehearse swinging and walking on a sloped surface.