How Strength/Flexibility Training Creates Better Golf Swing
Often, golfers seek to improve their game by purchasing new equipment, playing more rounds of golf or finally taking lessons from the club pro. Unfortunately, a player’s golf game isn’t reflective of their skill level, but rather the physical limitations from their body.
The perfect golf swing is a complex, athletic act that’s often executed by golfers who have the strength and flexibility to hit the ball correctly. No golfer can expect to drive the ball farther if they lack the proper conditioning to swing a club.
Since the Tiger Woods era, physical conditioning has been a major component in building a golf game. One area of training that has become popular with golfers is partaking in a strength/flexibility exercise program.
Older players refrain from this notion by still living under the old adage that participating in such a program will hinder their overall game. They choose to improve their swing by actually practicing situational golf on the course. This philosophy is from a bygone era because to achieve a powerful swing, you must mix a workout routine with your time on the links.
Golfers are under the impression that lifting heavier weight for fewer reps will cause them to “bulkup” in their upper body, but in reality, they’re gaining strength without adding mass to their body frame. A golfer with a defined upper body often lacks the flexibility needed to have a full range of motion on each shot.
Try to design a resistance workout routine that strengthens your leg muscles, which is key to gaining consistent mechanics for each golf swing taken. Each exercise should be designed to gain better posture and improve your weight distribution on your follow-through. Never get talked into practicing with a weighted club on the course, as bad habits could develop over time.
Every golfer wants to blast the ball off the tee, as distance is the name of the game. Using a heavier driver will not gain the strength needed to hit the green from the tee box. Having strong core muscles is important, especially because the game of golf requires strength and stamina to complete 18 holes.
Try to implement strength/flexibility exercises that incorporate the entire body rather than isolating certain muscle (bicep curls and bench press) groups. Ball crunches and Russian twists helps to simulate the type of flexibility needed from the hip and lower back region on a tee-shot.
Many golfers are embracing yoga into their daily training program, as some of the extended poses are very similar to the positions a golfer gets into when they need to thrust their hips toward the target upon impact. Without any natural strength in the lower body region, you’ll never gain a powerful, technically-sound golf swing.
Endurance training allows the body to repeat movement by muscle memory ad lowers the odds of sustaining a debilitating injury. Once the body falters on the course, the ability to repeat your golf swing will come into question. Running or participating in a weekly aerobic class gains the stamina needed to make the necessary shots to shoot par for the day.
Originally published at darrellkindley.org.