Golfers have become fitter than ever in recent years.
Even though he is going through some health issues now, Tiger Woods was at the forefront of this movement.
He made it OK for golfers to train to improve their golf game.
Now there are many specialists in the field and organizations, like TPI, making training for golf more accessible than ever.
One notion that needs to die is that lifting weights will ruin the golf swing. There are a few reasons as to why this is a misguided idea.
A really important thing for people to know is that lifting weights does not make someone muscle bound. It is very difficult to put on size, just as any bodybuilder.
Just because someone starts lifting weights does not mean they are going to be so muscular that they can no longer move. Most golfers would be lucky to approach that kind of muscle mass.
This also disregards the idea that excess body fat can cause the same problems. If someone has a lot of abdominal fat, their swing will be restricted. Very few people are complaining about being too bulky in that sense, even though it is a more common scenario.
Golf programs have also moved into a stage where mobility is paramount. A golfer must have mobility through their upper back, shoulder, hips, ankles, and wrists.
A lot of people are really tight in these areas and extended time sitting down is a main contributor. We are stuck in a bad position when we are at work, driving in a car, watching TV, and even swinging a club. They are all very similar and cause tightness in the hips, back, and wrists while causing weakness in the glutes and abdominals.
If we work on these joints and improve mobility, the swing will also improve. A lot of golfers are taught to mold their swing to something that doesn’t work for their body. If they cannot get into certain positions because of their mobility then the swing is going to be altered as a result.
A good golf training program should include both strength work and mobility training.
Strength training has enormous benefits for golfers. In the quest for hitting the ball further, a stronger golfer will prevail.
Like him or not, Rory McIlroy has been destroying golf balls since last summer in particular. Guess what? Rory also crushes it in the weight room.
Power in the golf swing is developed from the ground and up. A golfer with a strong lower body will be able to swing harder, under control.
Accuracy with the golf ball can also improve through a balanced program. Appropriate strength and mobility work can improve the swing and remove limitations.
Swing coaches are still a necessary part of the process and I do not want to diminish their role. It works both ways. I can give a power lifter a golf club and watch duck hooks all day, just like a golf pro can try to get a golfer into better positions he or she might not have the mobility for.
Lifting weights is not something to be feared. Golfers are more likely to ruin their swing by a lack of activity compared to training for the game.
Improving strength means the golfer can hit the ball further and have the stability that they need to swing with control.
We must stop the notion that lifting weights is going to ruin a golf swing. A lack of mobility is much more hazardous to the game of golf than being too strong.