Huge Weights Aren’t Necessary for Productive Golf Training

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Question: I have been training all winter to be in better shape for golf which is my passion. I have cut back to only a couple of lifting days now that it is finally warmer. My trainer has continually pushed me to do heavier weights and I go pretty heavy now. I use 80 pound dumbbells on incline presses now. He thinks I need to continue to push to be stronger. I just wanted a second opinion considering i feel like I have attained my goals.
Answer: Tiger Woods was the guy who introduced weight training and physical preparation to the golf masses. He sculpted a good physique as he trained his body to better handle the physical difficulty of world class golf. As a golfer you can improve your long game tremendously by weight training. Simply making your body stronger will improve your club speed as you strike the ball. Specifically your training needs to work your abs as part of your core. Your lower back needs to be trained to balance your core along with your abs. Include training for your hip flexors since they are often overlooked but are part of the core routine. Glutes tie into your lower back muscles and are necessary for driving through the ball along with your hamstrings and quads. Chest, shoulders and upper back help complete your swing. Your triceps need to be strong to hold your arms in proper position as you finish your swing. A small but vital factor is to improve grip strength by working your forearms. When you work your abs, don’t just focus on forward and backward movements but also include rotational exercises to improve hip mobility and torso rotation which mimics fairway and tee shots. Flexibility is as important as strength in building club speed. Stretch your Achilles tendons, hamstrings, lower back, shoulders and lats.
Include cardio training to counter the length of a golf game.
Your training actually has a ceiling since you are not trying to be a bodybuilder or strength athlete. There exists a point of diminishing return for your game. Do you actually need to press 100 pound dumbbells? Will being able to squat 400 pounds make you any better on the golf course than being able to squat 225 pounds? A combination of increased strength, core flexibility, muscle endurance and cardio-pulmonary endurance along with much improved flexibility and range of motion throughout your body combine to improve your game from the physical aspect. Justin Scott, a teaching pro at Precision Golf School trains very hard and has improved his game and eliminated lower back pain that resulted from over use and impaired posture. As muscles get stronger posture improves. Weight training has made his game better simply because his Increased strength allows him to practice longer. More consistent, repeated movement ingrains the motor skill neural pathways.
You have taken tremendous steps to be better by the time the weather allows you to return to your game. Maintain your body’s gains by training with a maintenance routine but huge weights aren’t necessary for productive golf training.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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