Now that the weather is warming up and the snow is melting, some of you might be thinking about the golf greens & tee times. Instead of just thinking about it, now is your time to train for them. The game goes beyond the swing and the carts. Strength training can help with your endurance and your enjoyment of the game.
In order to make your game better you must train for strength using full body movements. This will make you more stable and powerful in your golf swing. The more stable and stronger you are in your stance and swing, the farther you will drive the ball.
How to Achieve More Strength
Typical workouts people do in the gym designed to bulk you up or give you a six pack of abs are not going to help you on the tee, but will only make you bulky and limited in your range of motion. Being strong does not mean you have to be bulky and have big muscle size. The brain dictates power.
Full body movements will give you power off the tee and help you drive the ball farther. Doing full body movements that produce maximum muscle contractions will make you more powerful and stable when you’re swinging. Exercises like squats and deadlifts are perfect for gaining that full body strength and stability necessary for golf.
- Keeping your sets to a 1 to 6 rep range is ideal when wanting to achieve strength.
- Shorter sets with heavier loads will make you stronger and powerful. Slowly increase the weight as you get stronger.
- Lifting should be done relatively faster not slower.
- Longer rest, 2 to 4 minutes between sets is needed to recover from a heavy set. Strength of both bones and muscles will be developed when training in this approach.
- It’s critical to not over train or burn yourself out in the gym. Over training will lead to fatigue and will lessen your playing endurance on the course.
- Rest is critical for strength gains. Sleeping 7 to 9 hours a night is what you want to aim for.
Beginners should always start off slow and simple. Bad performance and incorrect form will lead to injury and soreness. If you’re not familiar with strength training then hiring a personal trainer is a good idea.
Reaching your athletic potential will allow you to play better and enjoy the game for more years.
By: Tom Beslic