By: Mike Pedersen
I've heard this time and time again. Golfers saying lifting
weights will hurt their swing. They'll lose their feel and
tempo. This couldn't be farther from the truth. If this were
true, then why do most of the top golfers on tour do it? Most
even have a trainer that travels with them.
Weight training for golf is not the same as what you see in your local gym. It's not sitting on a machine and going brain dead, nor is it bench pressing heavy weights. That's what I call general fitness, not golf fitness.
Golf weight training is when you break down the movements of the swing and adding resistance like the use of dumbbells or exercise tubing.
This type of training can be done in your home. You don't need a gym membership to do these types of exercises. The time saving removes all reasons to not do it. Especially during the winter months when you're not even playing golf.
The key muscles to focus on is your core, shoulders back and glutes. These are muscles that are actively used during the swing and if strengthened can increase power and consistency.
It's about time golfers realized they should work on their body to play better golf. If you're a senior golfer you more than likely have experienced a massive decline in your physical capacity which directly affects your power and also results in injury and pain.
The golf swing is damaging to the body, and unless you focus on strengthening your muscles, your body will continue to break down to the point of not being able to play golf anymore.
I've seen thousands of golfers who have embarked on a golf exercise program even at the age of 65 and seen amazing results. When you get your body stronger specific to your golf swing, you'll be soon pounding that golf ball.