Before you hit the links – hit the weights!
Golfers are constantly looking for tips that will improve their game. Even “the King,” Arnold Palmer, once said, “I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s game: It’s called an eraser.” Although golf is a very tough sport to play, it wasn’t always considered a “sport” in the traditional sense. For years, the idea of training for golf was unheard of, especially strength training. Well, things have changed.
Today, the best golfers are all strength training. Many of the top pros even bring their personal trainers on tour with them, and for good reason — golf is demanding on the body. Think about it: every swing requires 21 different muscles to work together. Depending on your skill level, you might take between 50-80 swings per round of golf. And, what about those who walk the course? In addition to the physical stresses caused by the swing, they are walking 5-6 miles to cover 18 holes, typically with a golf bag on their shoulders. When you think about it, it’s shocking that anyone who is serious about golf wouldn’t train for the sport.
If anyone deserves credit for bringing strength training to the world of golf, it’s Tiger Woods. His workouts have become the stuff of legend – but Tiger was certainly not the first golfer to understand how critical strength training is to golf. Gary Player, one of golf’s all-time greats, is famously quoted saying that he was squatting 325 pounds the night before he won the 1965 U.S. Open.
In order to effectively compete in today’s golf world, whether you are a pro or just getting started, you need to be in good shape. For most of us, that means getting stronger. To be clear though, the type of strength, needed to be a top-tier golfer is different than say a football or basketball player. Every sport requires a slightly different type of physical capacity and thus the way one trains for their sport of choice is critically important.
The question now is not IF you should be hitting the weights before you hit the links, but HOW you should be training. Lucky for you, we have the answer. Download our “Better Golfers Guide to Strength Training” and hit the ball longer, fly the ball straighter, decrease your risk of nagging injuries, finish your round as strong as when you started, and be the one everyone wants on their team when the club championship tournament roles around.
Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer, Koko FitClub
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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.