Golf is a sport that I am passionate about.
It is the one sport that I still play and will continue to play for a long time.
I also realize that it is one of the most difficult sports to get into. It is hard enough to hit the ball straight but then we need distance to have a shot of getting to the green.
It requires a lot of patience, time, and commitment.
This is just like training. When it comes to training for golf there are no shortcuts or magic exercises that give people a 300 yard drive.
It takes a patient approach that is designed to make golfers stronger and move better.
But I want to let you in on a little secret. Those that have never trained before will see great results in a short period of time. In about 10 weeks, golfers who start to train will see results.
I think that I am a good example of what strength training does for a golf swing.
I played golf in high school and I was not amazing but went out there and did my job. My senior year I went 7-3-1 playing out of the 3/4 spot.
Needless to say, the PGA tour was not that desperate to come find me. After high school, I did what every golf fan does and play about 6 times over 4 years of college. I was great at finding excuses to not play and had tons of them. Huge mistake.
While in college, I learned how to actually train for strength and power. Building up those two qualities allowed to me reap the benefits when I picked the game back up.
When I was in grad school, I decided to get it together and play again. I was driving the ball no less than 260 (with a slice) which is better than maxing out at 250 (also with a slice) in high school.
I did nothing to my golf swing except train for strength and added 10-30 yards to the ball. Don’t worry, the slice went nowhere.
All I am trying to do with that story is highlight the importance of strength training. It is a low risk, high reward scenario.
We even have a certifying body, Titleist Performance Institute, that is bridging the gap between golf pros, medical pros, and fitness pros. We can all now understand the swing and how different movements affect it.
It was definitely one of the most interesting certifications that I have done. I learned more useful information there than I probably did in college.
Here are some characteristics of a good golf training program.
- It should be total body- upper, lower, core
- It should train for strength and power as well as mobility
- The back and shoulders, in particular, should get special injury reduction attention
- It should go hand in hand with coaching from a golf professional
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