Over the winter we had a few baseball teams training with us. At one point we went into one of our rooms that has 9 TRX set up.
I like using the TRX with youth athletes because it allows them to train for strength with their bodyweight. Its also hard to do exercises wrong with them.
At one point we were doing rows, one of the most simple exercises we use. One athlete blurts out “I do these for golf.” On one end that is a really good thing. On the other side, I now have to explain to a group of 10-12 year olds that they can do rows even if they don’t golf.
Anyone who works with young kids knows how much fun that can be…
My main point was that literally everyone who walks through our doors has a 99% chance of performing TRX rows at some point in their program.
I actually also got the question yesterday when I was lifting during one of our groups. I was doing bowler squats and one of the kids asked if that was for golf. Let’s look past the fact that he has done them before and isn’t a golfer.
Too many people think that training for golf has to be done differently than training in any other way.
I’ve got bad news, there are no exercises in fitness just for golf.
I know golfers are afraid of lifting like a football player/bodybuilder/powerlifter but each one of those populations has done the same stuff.
Golfers are no different. Golfers need to be mobile and strong. The exercises that work to improve mobility or strength are universal. If a football player uses squats to improve their lower body strength, a golfer can too.
Individual Needs Matter
More important than which exercises are for golf and not is what exercises should the person in front of me be doing.
Individual needs will always be more important than trying to figure out blanket statements for the sport.
If I sat here and said every golfer should do the following mobility drill, I might be missing some key details.
What if the person in front of me has a hip replacement and cannot actually get into that position?
That example isn’t something I usually deal with but it doesn’t mean its impossible.
We need to design programs based on the person in front of us. Exercises are dumb. They do not work magic and do not know who is performing them. It is up to us to pick the right ones for the person.
…but what about specific golf drills.
I used to pretend I knew things about the golf swing. Not a lot, but a little.
After taking lessons this winter, I don’t know shit. So why should I have people doing golf drills in the weight room?
Unless a golf pro gave these drills to the person I can’t confirm that they will be beneficial in any way.
I also don’t know why people insist on turning free weights into golf clubs. Some people try so hard to simulate the golf swing with bands, cables, and whatever else they can get their hands on.
You cannot get more golf specific than playing the sport of golf. Save it for the course. We should be fitness specific when training for fitness.
Using exercises that have worked in the past will continue to work. Dumbbells are not going to realize that you are a golfer and you won’t get any benefit from lunging with them.
We need to get away from the idea that there are exercises designed for golf. There are exercises that benefit golfers but they are probably also going to benefit football players, weight loss seekers, and fitness models.